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Planting Edibles and Growables Together

perennialsNow is the time to start planting those annual flowers, tender veggies,  perennial herbs and berries. Plus, those beautiful flowering perennial plants that bring the landscape alive with color and texture. Early May is the perfect time to fill your garden with color and flavor!

A new trend in the garden is to mix the edibles with the growables. Here’s a great example from the ALCC.com, by interspersing  parsley and broccoli, for example, among perennial plants and the annual flowers you’ll be planting soon adds new interest in the garden.

It is also a great idea to compare edibles with companion plants because the right combo can help deter unwanted pests.

Here are a few suggestions of what perennial edibles and hardy vegetables to plant in early May:

  • Starter plants of lettuce (if you haven’t planted seed), broccoli, cabbage, kale and onions.
  • Perennial herbs like oregano, thyme, lavender and sage.
  • Fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and fruit trees.

Are you ready to start planting this week?


Source and Image: ALCC.com





Plants to Brighten your Spring Garden

Perk up your spring garden with a little color. Take a look at 3 perennials developed by Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to provide your Colorado garden with vibrant color that is well-suited to our altitude and growing conditions.

1. Remembrance Columbine a.k.a.  Aquilegia ‘Swan Violet & White’

Photo: colostate.edu

The Remembrance Columbine is named in memory of Columbine High School victims and blooms in late spring to early summer with deep purple and white flowers. This perennial needs partial sun and prefers moderate water in loamy soils.

2. Corsican Violet a.k.a. Viola corsica

Photo: anniesannuals.com

A great perennial for higher altitudes and partly shaded gardens, the Coriscan Violet has lovely purple blooms from early spring to late fall.  The Viola corsica finds full sun to partial shade acceptable and needs moderate water in loamy and well-drained soils.

3. Colorado Gold Gazania a.k.a. Gazania linearis

Photo: peakgardening.wordpress.com

This vibrant perennial has bright golden flowers from April to October and grows in full sun to partial shade and is adaptable to moderate to dry conditions in well-drained soils. The Colorado Gold is an excellent perennial for edging or borders.

Lifescape Associates can design and plant your beautiful spring garden, just give us a call at 303-831-8310.