There has been and continues to be lots of behind the scene’s action taking place at Creek Side as we prepare for another fun spring season to bring color into the lives of our community.
Construction of our new growing greenhouse was completed this fall. This will allow us to increase our production of beautiful Container Gardens for early season purchase. You will find an especially nice selection of the large pots, large bowls and large inserts in all your favorite color combinations, plus a few new ones this year!
After the careful selection last fall of the very best flower varieties for growing in Colorado and the imaginative combination of flower recipes were designed, now is an exciting time as our plans finally begin to take shape. Planting begins in the next couple of weeks and we will be off and running. 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.
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.
One geranium 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 2019. 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, Lavender, Magenta and Lavender Rose 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. Ever popular Night Sky, the blue petunia with the white speckles throughout the flower is a good example. This year, in addition to Night Sky look for petunias Starry Sky Burgundy and Electric Purple. All these new colors help make our design selection fun and exciting.
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!
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. 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.