Annual Flowers for Containers

There continues to be lots of behind the scene’s action taking place at Creek Side as we prepare for another big, fun spring season to bring color into the lives of our community.

Our greenhouse growing area has expanded and improved, which will allow us to increase production of our beautiful Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets for early season purchase.  You will find an especially nice selection of the large pots, large bowls, large inserts and large baskets in all your favorite color combinations!

Variety Evaluations

After careful evaluation, the very best flower varieties for growing in Colorado were selected last fall, the imaginative combination of flower recipes were designed and now our plans begin to take shape.  Planting begins in the next couple of weeks and we are off and running.  Early spring is always an exciting time at Creek Side.  Here we go!

Every flower variety has its own unique characteristics in addition to flower color.  The best varieties of Annual flowers for Colorado gardeners require a degree of genetic vigor built into the plants to withstand the warm temperatures and dry conditions we experience.  And still grow big and strong all summer long.  Selecting these varieties for Creek Side designs helps you be successful growing big, beautiful pots of flowers!


For example, don’t under-estimate the importance of geraniums in your Colorado garden or flower pot design.  You will not find another annual flower that will withstand the heat and the drought that our garden plants endure and still continue to grow and bloom successfully all summer long.  Creek Side designs depend upon their reliability to hold up the design in the center of the container and remain colorful all season long!  We welcome the beginning of the season with the arrival of over 7000 geranium plants, including 30 different varieties for planting before the end of the month of January.

One popular geranium variety that many gardeners are familiar with is Calliope Dark Red.  The flower breeder of Calliope brand geraniums has released many new colors in this popular geranium series again for 2021.  Calliope’s are popular because that have especially strong dependable growth with big colorful blossoms that really shine in our Colorado climate.  In addition to the classic Dark Red Calliope that everybody loves, look for Calliope Hot Pink and Rose Mega Splash this year.


Petunia, Calibrachoa and Verbena breeders continue to work overtime to introduce loads of new colors, including quite a few bi-colors or flowers exhibiting patterns of color on the blooms.  Take a look at the Amore King of Hearts in the photo.  Ever popular Night Sky, the blue petunia with the white speckles throughout the flower is another good example.  This year, in addition to Night Sky and Pink Sky, look for petunias Splash Dance Magenta Mambo and Hippy Chick Violet.  These new colors help make our design selection fun, exciting and interesting!

Colorful Foliage

Colorful foliage in Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets adds texture and form in a different way than just flowers.  This year look for several different types of foliage plants in our combination designs right along side the colorful flowers for a big, bold design that will look great all season long!

Shade Plants

Even though we live in a sunny climate, there are plenty of applications for shady annuals, especially including the big three – Begonias, Impatiens and Coleus.  Creek Side is featuring for 2021 the brand new Downy Mildew resistant series of impatiens Beacon & Imara XDR.  Look for Creek Side shady designs that incorporate the big three shade annuals, along with a handful of terrific shady accent plants.  Look for these new shade combos in pots and baskets at Creek Side Gardens this spring season.