Colorado Garden Ideas

Along the front range and much of the state of Colorado has a unique climate which requires hardy semi-arid and arid plants. You have to choose plants that will hold up under the dry conditions and lend beauty, color, form, and style to your landscape. When landscaping in Colorado Springs and other areas of the state, it’s a good idea to keep in mind the short growing season and bloom times of various plants in order to get the most out of your garden during the spring, summer, and fall months before your plants disappear under the winter snow.

What Grows Well in Colorado

• Succulents (cacti). Require little water, come in various shapes, sizes, and colors.
• Limemound spirea – a medium-sized shrub with lime green leaves and dark pink blossoms that thrives in full sun to partial shade.
• Bowles Periwinkle – this evergreen perennial makes an excellent ground cover with its dark green leaves and beautiful violet-blue, pinwheel-shaped flowers.
• Ice Plants – the blooms on this perennial favorite offer brilliant iridescent color, and these plants can hold up to the full sun, offering your garden glorious color throughout the summer
• Ornamental grasses – for color, variety, and structure, ornamental grasses such as Little Bluestem, and Indian Rice grass are good choices.
• Snow Angel Coral Bells – this perennial offers highly textured, heart-shaped leaves, brilliant pinkish-red blooms suitable for cutting and a 12-18” height to balance out shorter plantings. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and blooms late spring to early summer.
• Evening Primrose – these delicate yellow, pink, or white blossoms add a whimsical touch to your Colorado garden and offer health benefits in their seeds and the oil that can be extracted from them. Some varieties reach up to six inches in height, others as much as six feet.

How to care for Colorado Garden Plants

When considering Colorado garden ideas, keep in mind the lack of moisture available in our arid climate. For Colorado Springs, Xeriscape Design is a popular option. This style of landscaping involves arid plants. They require little water, and you won’t have to spend your days watering and tending to your garden. Be patient, and don’t plant your garden until the ground dries out from the Colorado spring rains and the weather is warm enough to support your summer plantings. Planting in wet soil compacts it, making it difficult for new plant roots to become established and grow, and walking on wet soil can lead to compacted areas that are difficult to break up once the ground is dry and ready to put your Colorado garden plants in place. You can incorporate xeriscape in various sections of your garden to extend the area and offer a practical pathway through or around your plantings. Plan your garden landscape so that each planting receives the recommended amount of sun and/or shade to maximize plant growth.

Contact Fredell Enterprises

Contact us today at 719-630-1355 or jwalsh@fredellent.com, and let Fredell Enterprises, Inc. create the perfect summer landscape for you. We look forward to working with you to bring your Colorado garden ideas to life, giving you an outdoor living space full of Colorado-friendly flowers and arid plants that is a place you can enjoy and share with your family, friends, and loved ones for years to come.

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