Garden ‘To Do’ for late April

Your head is in a swirl, excited for the upcoming season, what to plant, when to fertilize, what needs pruning, and on and on. Resist planting tender plants too soon Because of the erratic spring weather in Colorado, is better to be patient and wait for the weather to warm up. Consider planting cool season perennials and annuals that have been hardened-off and can handle... 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

Perennials, Shrubs, Trees

This week, perennial plants, shrubs and trees that bring Color to your Life in your landscape! Big 6″ Perennial Pots Creek Side’s Grown Fresh™ perennial selection continues to expand.  Now offering over 350 varieties of perennials that have been selected specifically for success in our Rocky Mountain growing environment.  Creek Side began planting our larger 6” pot size perennials last summer.  They were all safe... Read More

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 Vs. Summer Planting There are two major groups of garden bulbs. Fall planted Dutch bulbs... Read More

Hardening Off Plants before Planting

“Hardening off” may sound like some sort of difficult preparation for a college exam. Take heart. It isn’t. It isn’t even hard! Hardening off refers to the process of acclimating plants from indoor temperatures to the outdoors. Because plants usually are grown in greenhouses (or, as seedlings in our kitchen window!), they’ve been pampered. They need to be introduced slowly to the elements of wind... 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 as... Read More

Improve Soil Health

A little understanding of our weather conditions and working in our drier, sometimes limiting soil properties will help you improve your garden soil and make smart plant choices this gardening season. Add Organic Matter Whether you have overly clayey or sandy soil the best way to improve it is to add organic matter (OM) which eventually becomes humus. Humus is the result of decomposed organic... Read More

Light it- Spin it- Stake it!

The Creek Side Garden shop is filling up with new products every week.  Along with the colorful bird feeders and hummingbird feeders, new garden art just arrived. Solar Lanterns As your outdoor entertainment picks up often the best times are when the sun goes down.  Running on solar ‘batteries’ make sure your ON switch is set and get ready to be wowed.  Glowing lanterns with... Read More

The Tropics Have Arrived in Colorado

Our semi-trailer pulled in this week carrying our 400+ tropical plants. Each season, these tropical selections give us Coloradoans a taste of living in a tropical climate! Here we will highlight our 2024 selections. Hibiscus The hibiscus flower is large, striking, and trumpet-shaped and comes in a range of bright colors. Grows all over in warm climates, such as Hawaii. By watering and fertilizing consistently,... 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