Plant & Gardening Trends

Garden Bulb Planting

Not all garden plants are reproduced by seed.  In some cases, garden bulbs are the preferred method of starting a new plant for many popular garden flowers and vegetables.  As with any type of plant propagation, soil temperature and moisture levels must be controlled for most successful growth. Fall Planting & Summer Planting The two major groups of garden bulbs are the fall planted Dutch... Read More

Creek Side Gardens Top 10 Gardening Tips

Plan your Garden Draw and follow a plan for plants, fences and hardscape to avoid having to move them as the garden evolves. Determine the type and style of garden you want, and then develop a 5-year plan to accomplish the makeover. Find the right plant for the right location – sun or shade, tall or short etc.   Minimize maintenance Make it as easy... Read More

New Tropicals, Houseplants and Perennials

New Flowering Tropical Plants and Houseplants Creek Side has brought the tropics to Colorado!  Stop by to review our big selection of summer flowering tropical house plants like Hibiscus, Gardenia, Mandevilla, Dipladenia and Lantana.  Large tree forms, trellises and small bushes available.  For best selection, take your tropical plants home now.  Keep them in front of a bright window for a month and then take... Read More

The Best Herbs for Growing in a Container

There are many benefits to growing herbs in containers. Having access to fresh herbs near the kitchen is the obvious benefit. In addition, different herbs have different moisture needs and growing them in pots is an easy way to control soil moisture.  Successful herb growing in containers is easiest outdoors, but can be successful indoors with bright light conditions as well. Basil Basil is the go-to herb in... Read More

Perennial Plant Seasonal Selection

A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color.  The list of possible perennial plants is long. Choose plants for: light and water requirements bloom period flower color height Compile a chart, organizing this information in an easily viewed manner. Bloom times may vary with weather,... Read More

Vegetable Garden Planning

Vegetables can be demanding plants. Whereas ‘weeds’ can scratch a living anywhere, vegetables require attention. Most need fertile soil, protection from wind, regular watering, and some help to defend themselves against pests. You cannot simply dig a hole in the ground, plant your veg, and expect it to thrive.  A little planning before planting your vegetable garden will go a long way in helping to... Read More

4 Steps to Lawn Care – All Year Long

Spring is the time to get your lawn ready for another season. Creek Side Gardens promotes the Fertilome® – 4-Step Lawn Care Program with the premise that regular fertilization, along with aeration, good mowing and watering practices, is key to maintaining a strong, healthy lawn. A healthy lawn is more resistant to weeds and disease problems.     Step 1 – For All Seasons II –... Read More

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors offers an opportunity to exercise your green thumb before the warm spring weather rolls around.  If you have particular vegetable or flower varieties you love, but do not find them at the nursery, consider looking for seed and starting them yourself.  Now is the time of the year to plan that out. Starting seeds indoors now also extends your gardening season, allowing... Read More

Challenges for New to Colorado Gardeners

Gardening in Colorado can be challenging. Hot and Dry Due to the high elevation, sunlight is frequently of high intensity and the humidity generally is low. This will require more frequent water applications to your lawn, landscape and flower pots throughout the year. Poor Soils Most population centers are on heavy clay soil. These soils have poor aeration that limits root growth.  The best solution... Read More

Colorado Soils, Amendments and Fertilizer

Summary at the Top Improve your garden soil for better plant root growth by adding Organic Matter Use Natures Yield Organic Compost 1-2″ deep tilled or spaded into a depth of 6-8″.  Or incorporate compost into soil at planting time – hole by hole/ plant by plant. Use Natures Yield Outdoor Planters Mix for planting in raised beds or large outdoor containers.  Annuals, perennials, vegetables... Read More