Just like all the beautiful annual flowering hanging basket and container gardens, Creek Side grows over 250 varieties of perennials right in site in our nice, cool greenhouses down on the creek. Selecting the perennial plants for your garden directly from the grower offers several advantages.
Number one, you can see the difference in quality. Big, healthy plants that are going to grow well and flourish. Good quality begins with great starter plants. Creek Side uses several sources for great starter plants, but the largest and very best source for our plants is located right here in Colorado. That way, the starter plants do not have to travel long distances to get here. They are acclimated to our climate and ready to grow as soon as we plant them into their pots. In addition, they have been subjected to the cold cycle of winter which will allow them to bloom the first season they are planted in your garden.
Number two, the varieties chosen to be grown at Creek Side are because they are especially good for growing in the hot, dry Rocky Mountain region. Plants like Agastache, Echinacea, Delosperma, Penstemon, Coreopsis are available in several different colors. Check out the varieties from Plant Select, the collaboration between Colorado State University and the Denver Botanic Gardens to introduce brand new perennial varieties developed especially for our region. You will find over 35 Plant Select selections at Creek Side.
Number three, the plants you select at Creek Side are conditioned for early spring growing conditions. The big 6” pots are over-wintered in unheated greenhouses or outdoor cold frames. They have been subjected to our winter conditions and ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way in April and May. The 4.5” pots are started warm and then the temperatures are gradually turned down until they finish the season in a greenhouse with minimal heat. The cool growing conditions helps to make them strong and ready for planting in your garden.
Lastly, you will find a big selection of perennials not only for hot, dry growing conditions, but a nice selection is offered for shady conditions as well. Plants like Hosta, Heuchera, Astilbe, Brunnera and ferns will do fine in the shade. Because Creek Side utilizes a number of plant suppliers, you will find varieties that are new, unusual or hard to find. Visit the place where “Inspiration Grows” to find the very best perennial plants for your garden this season.