Spring is here and we are all looking for a color that is long lasting to brighten up our landscapes. When it comes to adding annual flowers or as we call it, seasonal color, there are a few rules you want to follow.
Don’t Rush, Wait
With our crazy Colorado weather, we can still get snow and freezing temperatures in May. You may want to wait to plant your annuals until we’ve passed May 20th, our official freeze date. This is the safest time to plant unless you will be dedicated to bringing them inside or covering them if weather hits and temperatures drop.
Soil Prep, Fertilization and Watering
Whether you’re planting containers, beds or a garden, the time you spend prepping your soil will pay dividends throughout the season. Use a nice fluffy potting mix for your annuals and till in fresh compost in your garden beds. Mix in a slow-release fertilizer with your annual flowers and make sure you have a plan to commit to watering the young plants throughout the hot summer. They will need daily watering if they are in full sun.
Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers
When designing your container plantings you should have a thriller! This typically is something special in the center as the main focal point. Next use a filler that complements your centerpiece and last but not least, use spillers that drape over the edges and soften the container.
If you’re planting in beds, layer your annuals by height and select colors that fit your taste. Stick with hot or cool colors or complimentary colors and select plants with similar watering requirements to not over or under water certain varieties.
Have fun with your seasonal color. If you follow these rules they should be beautiful and last from late May until frost in fall.
Our professional team here at Lifescape would love to help you with your seasonal color and all your landscaping design, construction, and maintenance needs. Call 303.831.8310 to set up your consultation today.
Enhance your Colorado Fall and Winter Decor!
As chilly autumn winds make way for Colorado’s true winter, the cold can make going outside a chore. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon your landscape. With containers, you can keep color in your yard all year long and even create something special for the holidays. Here are some tips to ensure colorful container plants into the New Year.
Autumn, holiday and winter color themes will keep color in your yard alive all year long by brightening up your outdoor containers.
Incorporate some fire orange, yellows, and cool shades of purple and blue to create a wonderful autumn theme. Cold hardy plants are preferred such as kale, mums, pansies to stand up against the winter weather.
Use ornamental grasses, cornstalks, or branch clippings from your landscape to add texture that also helps give your container design a longer life span. Add in a few pumpkins for a more festive look.
For winter themes build upon the evergreen colors with some bright reds and shades of blue/silver. If you’re looking for a bright red, a winterberry holly or redtwig dogwood branches will do the trick. Layer pine, cedar, and spruce evergreen clippings; you most likely can clip these from your yard.
Add clippings of eucalyptus or willow to add blues and silver in the container. Branches in the center of your container design create height and to add a cheerful feel spray paint the branches. Remember living plants, and evergreen clippings will want to be watered on a warmer winter day!
If you desire to dress up your garden with Fall & Winter containers, we can help. Contact Us today to discuss our décor services that can get your garden ready for this holiday season.
Fall colors are on display from leaves and trees, but did you know it’s the perfect time to think about spring? Putting bulbs into the ground before things get cold can produce a perfect garden next year.
Tulips –Colorado’s semi-arid climate is ideal for this beautiful flower that comes in all colors. Be sure to plant these bulbs six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected.
Daffodils – The yellow bloom is a sure sign of spring with many uses for gardeners. Bulbs should be planted up to five times their own depth about two to four weeks before the ground freezes.
Crocus – This goblet-shaped flower is another sign that winter is coming to a close. But plant them six to eight weeks before a hard frost about three to four inches apart. Also, make sure they’re anywhere except the dense shade.
When thinking about the future, don’t forget about this year’s garden. Plant cold season plants such as Mums, Pansies, and Cabbage to create attractive fall-themed seasonal containers. Call Lifescape today for help with your spring bulb planting, fall color or fall containers.
Fall always brings a lot of beautiful colors but then the winter comes along and takes a lot of these colors away. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Keep color in your yard alive all year long by brightening up your outdoor containers with some autumn, holiday and winter themes.
For a wonderful autumn theme it is a great idea to incorporate some fire orange and yellows along with some cool shades of purple and blue. Use cold hardy plants such as kale, mums, pansies and fill in with ornamental grasses, cornstalks, or branch clippings from your landscape for added texture and to extend the life of your container design. Top it off with some pumpkins for a festive look.
When it comes to winter themes it is a great idea to build upon those evergreens with some bright reds and shades of blue/silver. Some ideas for a bright red are winterberry holly or redtwig dogwood branches. Layer in evergreen clippings of pine, cedar and spruce which many times you can clip from your own yard, and to get some blues and silver in the container add clippings of eucalyptus or willow. Create height in the container with branches in the center (for an added cheerful sparkle affect spray paint the branches) or use a specialty conifer such as a boxwood, dwarf spruce or spiral juniper. Remember living plants will want to be watered on a warmer winter day!