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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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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!

Creating Definition Within Your Landscape With Planted Borders

Whether it’s a small courtyard or an outdoor living room, any landscape can benefit from a little extra definition. Creating a border not only draws attention to the space, but also adds extra emphasis, texture, and in some cases, creates a cozier, more intimate space for relaxing and entertaining.

While lots of homeowners opt for brick or other forms of hardscaping to border and define their landscapes, using plants can create an excellent effect. The Houzz ideabook “Define Your Garden Softly With Planted Borders” explains: “Plants have the edge in several ways, including being cost effective, providing year-round interest in foliage and flowers, and most of all, having the ability to soften the joint between pathways and plantings.”

Boxwood hedging was a favorite of English botanist John Parkinson and remains a favorite among landscape designers today for more formal landscapes. It can be used alone, or with another low-lying plant to create more dimension when the boxwood has been hard clipped.

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Perennials are another great choice for creating a border within a landscape, offering seasonal foliage that is especially refreshing when compared to other plant species that don’t thrive well in certain seasons.


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Planted borders have been used in this example to create symmetry and frame the fountain, which serves as the focal point of the courtyard.

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As Sunset Magazine shares, ornamental grasses not only bring texture and interesting color to a garden border, but also motion and sound. More importantly, the magazine notes that they are “graceful threads that weave all other plants in the garden together, making them look more like family members than a convention of strangers.”

ornamental grass bordering a walkway

Photo via Sunset Magazine

 Are you interested in creating definition in your landscape with planted borders? The experts at Lifescape are here to assist you with all of your landscape design needs. Contact us today at 303-831-8310, and let’s start developing a plan for a stunning new look for your landscape!

3 Landscape Design Ideas Inspired by the Denver Botanic Gardens

When it comes to planning or updating the landscaping on your property, the possibilities on what to do with the land can be overwhelmingly endless. You have to decide: do you want trees, shrubs, or flowers? Do you prefer perennials or annuals? How much time do you want to spend taking care of the landscaped property?

One way to pare down your choices is to look to sources of inspiration. An excellent resource that can act as your “idea book” is the Denver Botanic Gardens. Either browsing at photos online or visiting the garden grounds itself offers a wealth of information on which combinations of plants go well together, what kinds of flora thrive in Colorado, what’s in season and ready to go in the ground, and which colors are hot right now. Moreover, the Denver Botanic Gardens showcases supplementary elements to add to your cache of ideas, such as water features, stonework, and interesting layout designs.

Here are some examples of what’s popular in landscaping at the moment:

Garden Paths
It’s not just the garden you want to enjoy — it’s the journey to it that should be appreciated as well. A garden path leads the way — a primer for the beauty that’s about to unfold ahead.

A rock path set to scale complements the large rocky surroundings.

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A pea gravel path is in perfect contrast to lush lines with varying height.

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A path doesn’t have to be flat.

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Rock Gardens
If you need a low-maintenance option, a rock garden is the way to go. Not only is little work required once it’s installed, the garden is in season year-round!

A wall of boulders provides privacy.

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— Image via Houzz

A unique way to utilize rock formations — as furniture!

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A simple statement.

rock garden landscape

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Flowering Trees
Certain flowering trees do well in Colorado’s Front Range despite the low humidity, arid winds, and high-alkaline clay. If you can master the green thumb needed to maintain trees like the crabapple Louisa, your property will benefit from its beauty.

a louisa crabapple

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A goldenrain tree is hardy enough for Colorado’s high elevation and full, intense sunlight.

a goldenrain tree

— Image via Wikimedia Commons

For more ideas on how to landscape your property this season, contact Lifescape to survey the area, draw up plans, and make the most beautiful gardens to surround your home.