Perennial Plant Selection

Begin with a general plan sketched in, then the real fun begins.  What plants are going to be selected for your garden?  We have reviewed the obvious options – sun and shade – tall, medium and short – red, yellow and blue – early season blooming, mid-season and late season.  In addition to creating a pleasant look and a beautiful view, what other aspects of the garden are important to you.  Following are a few ideas to consider.

Irrigation Methods

Consider how the garden will be irrigated.  Is there a sprinkler or drip system to water the plants throughout the season?  Will the garden be irrigated manually with a hose as the plants require water?  Watering is always most important after planting and until the plants are established.  Hand watering in between automatic irrigation applications is recommended to ensure the root systems are watered thoroughly.  But long term over the life of the garden irrigation will be important and may affect your plant selection.

Tips for Gardening in the Shade

Shade-loving plants require just 4 to 6 hours of light per day. In fact, too much sun may damage their foliage. For best results, grow them under the dappled light of shade trees, or in a spot that gets only morning or afternoon sun.

Most shade plants grow best in in soil amended with organic compost. This will help the soil retain some moisture throughout the growing season. Mulching around plants and along pathways helps to encourage these growing conditions. If possible, apply several inches of mulch.

Plants to consider for shade – Hosta, Coral Bells, Brunnera, Pulmonaria, Bleeding Hearts, Astilbe, Lady’s Mantel.

Xeric/ Drought Tolerant Garden

Consider removing your lawn and replanting with a selection of drought tolerant perennials and shrubs to save valuable water in our high plains desert climate.  Plant Select, the collaboration between Colorado State University and the Denver Botanic Gardens is a great place to start.  Plus consider: Agastache, Gaillardia, Yarrow, Sedum, Russian Sage, Lavender, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, Hens & Chicks, Salvia, Snow in Summer.

Longest Flowering Perennials

In addition to mixing early, mid, and late season perennials throughout your design, take advantage of these recommendations for long blooming perennials to provide color in your garden all season long.  Read More Here

Deer resistant Perennials

Instead of fighting the deer population around your garden, utilize this list of deer resistant perennials to help naturally keep your garden safe.  Read More Here

Planting for Pollinators

Review this list of perennials to attract and provide for pollinators in your garden.  Read More Here

Then come into the nursery this spring to check out our great assortment of Grown Fresh perennials and get planting!!  Talk to one of our Green Team garden experts to determine what plants will work best in your personal landscape!  Over 300 varieties chosen especially for Colorado gardeners Grown Fresh for you right here at Creek Side Gardens!