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Celebrate Spring with Colorful Container Gardens

Container gardens offer versatility and beautiful spring flair to Colorado gardens. Weather can be unpredictable, but containers allow you to bring plants indoors when temperatures drop or if a bad storm is looming. Check out these ideas for fun, practical and beautiful container gardens.

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Mix evergreens and flowers. The rich green color of evergreens offers a striking backdrop for colorful flowers, and you can quickly switch out old flowering plants when the blossoms fade. Use something small, like a dwarf hemlock along with lavender violas or some other small evergreens and flowers for a similar effect.

Colorful Container Gardens

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Create textural interest. Introduce several textures within the same pot. Whether you’re planting only greenery or using flowering plants, a variety of textures keep container gardens extra interesting. For example, you can combine glossy-leaf plants with fluffy blooms or fuzzy-leaf plants. Combining softly cascading plants with sturdy, thick-stemmed plants is another way to create textural interest.

Colorful Container Gardens

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Consider drought-tolerant container gardens. Drought-friendly container gardens can be just as beautiful as any other spring container garden, and it will help you conserve more water. You can choose from nearly any evergreen or flowering plant native to our Colorado climate. One idea is to use a native ornamental grass, such as Feather Reedgrass, as the centerpiece and plant annuals or perennials around the periphery. Using a few different plant heights, colors and textures makes gardens appear livelier and is also more delightful to the eye.

Colorful Container Gardens

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Create a stunning arrangement using multiple hues. Choose your favorite color and then create a color scheme based on that for a gorgeous container that adds a burst of life to your landscape. For best results, choose from flowers that flourish in Colorado. If you love yellow, for example, you could plant Superbells Lemon Slice and surround it with Black-Eyed Susan and yellow yarrow.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado love creating container gardens and can work with you to discover the best garden and landscape designs to fit your lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more about all the services we provide.

An Overview of Seeds for Spring

Are you planting a fair amount of seeds this spring? If so, these Colorado gardening tips can help you order just the right type and amount of seeds you need to yield a luscious and interesting landscape all year long.

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Organize the seeds you have. Before you go too crazy with your seed catalogs or online seed shopping, take a careful inventory of what you have. While some seeds can sprout indefinitely (like hundreds of years-old Anasazi beans from our Colorado cliff-dwelling natives), most seeds have an expiration date. Cull through your collection and throw out any seed packets that have expired dates. If you have bagged your own seeds, or collected seeds from friends, check online to see how long they last. Keep in mind that you have to wait a precious two or three weeks before you’ll even know whether old seeds are viable.

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Order now! Some seeds can be purchased year-round, others are so popular that they sell out pretty quickly. If you have your heart set on the exact species you laid out in your winter garden plans, order ASAP to make sure you get the seeds you want.

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Use heirloom seeds. Seeds have been hybridized, genetically modified and changed to grow and/or look better. As a result, many of them don’t pollinate (read: won’t attract butterflies and bees), and may even lack important phytonutrients. Planting heirloom seeds, which have been passed down for generations, preserves plant species that are going extinct. If you’re planting edibles, heirlooms are often tastier and healthier than their modified counterparts. Plus, you can harvest your own seeds for next year, or participate in local community seed exchanges.

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Plant perennials. Planting perennials that do well in our Rocky Mountain climate is an excellent way to see a return on your investment. Colorful perennials that do well in our area include Lupine, Columbine, Blue Flax and self-seeding Pinks — these do especially well when temperatures get chilly.

Once your landscape is blooming, contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about how our landscape maintenance services can help keep your garden vibrant all year long.

Celebrate Worldwide Plant a Flower Day!

Itching to get your green thumb back in the garden again? Then get ready to celebrate Worldwide Plant a Flower Day on March 12, 2014. On this day, you can honor the transformation that occurs after planting a seed, through germination and sprouting, to enjoying your first full blooms. Plus, it offers a good excuse to get a head start on growing your Colorado container gardens.

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In our climate, seeds-to-seedlings do best when cultivated indoors this time of year. While the temperatures around March 12th may hint at Spring, we know the chances of another freeze or full-blown storm are high. Therefore, consider recycling old containers, such as yogurt or milk cartons, for your initial plantings. Wash them thoroughly, add drainage, use a high-quality chemical-free soil and plant the seeds of your choice.

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The writers at Everyday Gardeners recommend planing perennials that do well in our arid, high-elevation location. If you didn’t get your favorite bulbs into the ground last fall, you can cheat by using containers and still enjoy their colorful beauty this spring. Whether you choose to plant a single bulb in smaller pots, or a series of specifically placed bulbs in larger pots, container gardening will allow you to cultivate tulips, hyacinth, iris, daffodils and other cheerful blooms. You’ll have another chance to transplant them this fall.

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While your seeds are germinating, look around for other materials that can be recycled or re-purposed into permanent containers when your seedlings are ready to find a new home. By the time most of your seeds are ready to be transplanted, the weather will be much more stable. If you’re concerned at all about their well-being, use smaller containers that can be easily lifted, or put larger containers on flats with wheels before you plant them. That way, you can move your plants under cover, into the garage, or into the house to keep them out of the storm.

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Don’t forget that Lifescape Colorado offers year-round maintenance and landscape services, and that includes your Colorado container gardens! Contact us to learn more.

Prepare Your Garden for Winter Weather

If you prepare your garden properly, winter becomes a beautiful season of hibernation that is well worth the wait come spring. But to ensure your perennials will come back with all the color and fervor they can, here are some tips to get your garden ready.

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First, be sure to clean up any dead stems and foliage of annuals and vegetables. This is crucial to preventing any diseases from harboring. Gather all of the fallen leaves as soon as possible to add to your compost, or start a new one. Smaller pieces decompose faster, so try mowing over leaves before gathering and adding to your compost. Consider saving branches and vines for natural decor and wreaths during the holiday season.

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Fertilize any young trees and shrubs. At this time, it is also beneficial to till the soil to discourage weeds in the spring. Next, you’ll want to spread a thick layer of mulch to provide protection for soil and plants.

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The layer of mulch acts like a thermos. This is important because when the soil freezes you want it to stay frozen. It’s the freezing and thawing and then freezing again that can damage plants and rob soil of its nutrients. It’s best to wait until the first frost to lay down this mulch to ensure no rodents are nesting within the soil.

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For your mulch, it’s recommended to use evergreen boughs on bulb beds to keep soil from shifting and shallow plants from upheaving. For beds and perennials, chopped leaves and pine needles are best.

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If you are moving any plants indoors, let them acclimate to temperatures slowly by keeping them in a shed or garage for a few days first. Finally, it’s time to clean garden tools thoroughly, including your hose. Store them away in a safe, dry place until spring.

If landscaping becomes a chore, let the experienced team at Lifescape Colorado help you care for your yard and garden all year long.

 

Adding Color to Artful Gardens

Anyone interested in Denver landscape design considers a barren yard the same way an artist views a blank canvas. Landscape designers use artistic principles when planning their visions — balance, texture, depth and color work to create a unique space so that something beautiful appears in every corner.

The following are tips you can use to add color to your artful garden.

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Seasonal interest. If you aren’t careful, you can end up with a garden bursting with color through spring and summer, but then goes flat through the fall and winter months. Experienced gardeners choose plants carefully, ensuring visual interest all year-round. It’s especially fun to watch colorful berries attract winter birds when the rest of the world seems to be quietly hibernating.

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Bright focal points. Vibrant reds, bright yellows and deep oranges capture a viewer’s attention immediately. Grow plants with bright colors in strategic areas to intentionally draw someone’s gaze. This can also be helpful in leading the eye away from things that are less attractive, like your garbage cans or the compost pile.

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Use your walls. Use blank walls to showcase climbing, flowering vines, or to display seasonal artwork. If possible, keep your walls a neutral color, so they will complement any plant choice.

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Take advantage of containers. Plant containers to add depth and to achieve the effect of different landscape levels. The containers can become their own showpieces when they are brightly colored or decorated with an attractive design.

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Create a bright spot. It’s easy for a shady corner of the garden to become monochromatic. Use plants with pale green, yellow and chartreuse tones to add a spot of light. Examples include Japanese forest grass, variegated bamboo and Thuja occidentalis (Sherwood Frost), which does well in our Colorado climate.

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Add hardscape structures. Adding a brick walkway, a decorative fountain or a colorful garden shed can create various focal points and different colors in your Denver landscape design.

The Lifescape design team is pleased to help you add color to your artful landscape. Contact us and let the color magic begin!