Roses and Peonies


If you love roses, Colorado provides a great growing climate so be sure to include them on your garden list.  Because there are so many different types, there are roses to fill nearly every gardeners growing needs.

Don’t be confused about all the types available.  The main thing is to find a color you like.  Then check the general height for that variety.  Most garden varieties are going to average 24-48” in height.

If you are small space gardening or container gardening, consider growing a miniature variety like the Sunblaze series from Star Roses and Plants, one of the leading rose breeders in the country.  Miniatures are available in a wide color selection and will bloom continuously all summer.  Just keep them well watered and fertilized like all roses.

Another great selection from Star Roses are the ever-popular KnockOut series.  A small space, ground bed shrub rose available in a wide selection of colors.  KnockOuts are very hardy and easy to grow.

Provide high light, including several hours of direct sunlight and plan to water and fertilize your roses regularly for the best results.  Plan on a pest control program as roses can be prone to aphids, mites and powdery mildew.  Use Fertilome 2 in 1 Rose and Flower Food with systemic insecticide.  And/ or spray occasionally during the season with Fertilome Triple Action.

Creek Side Gardens roses will be available right around the first of May.  Please check out our website for additional information about the rose selection for 2021 HERE.


Peonies are probably the second most popular garden plant.  Often, they hold a sentimental place in a gardener’s heart, possibly because Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa grew them in their garden.

Like roses, peonies require high light including a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight.  Once established, peonies do not have as high a water and fertilizer requirement as roses.  Regular irrigations are necessary, and fertilizer should be provided at the beginning of the growing season and another application heading into the fall.

Because they are long lived, soil preparation, incorporating Natures Yield Compost is important at planting time.  Do not plant too deep.  Plan on providing a peony cage around the plant to hold up the large heavy blossoms.

Creek Side plants big peony roots into large pots in the fall.  The roots begin to grow feeder roots throughout the winter with new sprouts emerging in the spring.  Though there are many varieties to choose from, Creek Side will off the classic red, Karl Rosenfeld, pink Felix Crousse, light pink Sarah Bernhardt and white Festiva Maxima.