Gardening in Colorado
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
In Colorado, there are three seasons to enjoy a garden; spring, summer and fall. When spring bulbs start to come out and bloom, it is a welcome sight. Like a rainbow after a rain. As summer approaches, then it gets wild. An explosion of color starts to pop up everywhere. That's when we enjoy the fruit of our labor. Then summer seems to fly by and the next thing we know autumn is here!
Early to Mid-Spring
They say spring is a sign of new birth, a new beginning. Indeed, finding new growth in our garden and hearing and seeing the birds building their nests is like starting anew all the time. Plants that are dormant for months comes alive again. Once crocus bloom, daffodils and hyacinths comes next. Then it goes from there.
- Perennial -
Plants that persist for many growing seasons. Generally the top portion of the plant dies back each winter and regrows the following spring from the same root system.
- Annual -
Plants that grow continuously throughout the summer season until the first frost in the fall. Their entire life cycle only lasts one season -from seed to flower to seed. All roots, stems and leaves of the plant die annually. Any dormant seeds left behind from last season's flower will grow next spring.
DID YOU KNOW?
Impatiens are low maintenance and easy to grow. They grow in full shade or sunny area as long as their roots are kept moist.
Zinnia is one of the annual plants that bloom all summer long, until the first frost. They are low maintenance and can handle the heat. Swallowtail & Honeybees love zinnia.
Non-hardy Hibiscus require a lot of water when it's hot and in bloom. Planting it in a pot is easier to take them indoor in winter time - water only when it's dry at this time of year.