Autumn has officially set in! With leaves crunching underfoot, temperatures dropping, and pumpkin spice everything, the garden is starting to look more orange than green. October is the month of the year where we begin to clean up this past … Continue reading
Alas, looks like we having the last bit of winter weather coming our way! Temperatures might be right around freezing, so we strongly advise covering your plants. Very tender-leaved plants like basil and sweet potato vines may not weather this … Continue reading
Appy Grub Control NOW to reduce Billbug and White Grub Populations Billbugs and white grubs are insects that damage turfgrasses by feeding on the roots. Heavy infestations of billbugs and white grubs may kill grass or attract mammals, such as … Continue reading
The first frost warning has come and gone. The busy gardening season in winding down and it is time to think about what needs to be done in the garden before snow arrives. In the vegetable garden bring in the … Continue reading
- Fill in blank spots with fresh annuals or new perennials. Do you have the perfect spot for a new shrub or tree?
- Tidy up – remove weeds and unsightly plants, trim overgrowth and dead branches, edge beds and lawns.
- Trim back flowering plants a bit and water well to refresh – it will stimulate new growth and more bloom.
- Bugged? Sick plants?Treat for pests and disease or remove badly damaged plants.
- Weed and mulch – to prevent new weed growth.
- Water and mulch – to conserve soil moisture.
- Mulch! – to keep soils cooler, add organic resources, or refresh garden paths.
Cut Flowers from the Garden
Local and homegrown flowers are the trend now.
We all love to cut a few flowers from our gardens, but if you want lots of flowers all year, you may want to plant a cutting garden. For cut flowers, select some tall, sturdy varieties for each season. You’ll want to plant enough, either tucked into the flower beds or in their own plot, that you can cut them regularly without leaving the garden bare.
Shop the flower market in your backyard.
Choose some flowers with a long bloom season; coneflower and rudbeckia are ideal. Include lots of your favorite annual flowers, snapdragons and zinnia and salvia, but remember the perennials and foliage plants too. Ferns and hosta provide great leaves for arrangements. Mints and other herbs grow vigorously, providing lots of fragrant greens to go with the flowers. Plant for seasonal interest with spring flowering shrubs, tulips and daffodils. Summer offers an abundance of choice flowers. Include some summer bulbs like lilies, dahlias and gladiolas. Fall mums are famous. For blue and purple fall flowers grow some asters, and watch for fall leaves and seed pods to include in your arrangements.
Photos: Vase/Colleen/Flickr/CC2.0ShareAlike; Snapdragons/JohnShortland/FlickrCC2.0; Blue Asters/PatrickStandish/flickrCC2.0
Company coming for the holidays? Decorate with plants to welcome everyone home. Fresh and green, colorful and daring, there’s a place for flowering and foliage plants in every room. Choose a fall color scheme for the Thanksgiving table and carry … Continue reading
The summer rush-and-grow season is fading into cooler weather and a slower pace. Lawns grow like crazy in the spring and summer. They are played on and walked on, sometimes leaving wear damage or bare patches. They get overwatered and … Continue reading
Who doesn’t love pansies? They’re friendly, colorful, beautiful, and (best of all) great for growing in the Colorado climate! If you’re looking for a flower to brighten up your garden, consider planting pansies. With myriad varieties to choose from, one … Continue reading