The Early Season Begins

Not only does it feel like spring, with the warm weather we are experiencing right now, it sometimes feels like summer is right around the corner.

But wait a minute…we live in the Rocky Mountain growing region.  What does that mean?  Well, for all of you have lived in this area for some time, you know what that means…there is more cold, snow, rain and freezing temperatures on their way.

So, what should we early gardening enthusiasts do?  First, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Let’s do what we know works for late-March/ early April gardening and landscape care in the Rocky Mountains.  Mother Nature has taken care of additional moisture the past couple of months, so we are pretty good on that.  If you haven’t started, this is the time to work on your garden clean up and soil improvement.


We can also begin thinking about planting the plants that like it cold and will withstand the spring storms that are sure to roll in.  Pansies, in containers or ground beds are the most colorful annuals to plant this time of the year.  They can take it!  And Creek Side has a beautiful Grown Fresh™ batch blooming and ready for planting now!

In addition to pansies, consider snapdragons, dianthus, alyssum and dusty miller.  Creek Side will have these plants ready by mid-April.


Perennials are beginning to flower and ready to plant.  Creek Side will display a great selection of Grown Fresh perennials for your early planting season.  Columbines, purple Rockcress and Basket of Gold (just to name a few) are all great early spring bloomers.

The Creek Side Grown Fresh™ perennial crop is coming along nicely.  Over 300 varieties this year including, many Plant Select varieties, which have been specifically chosen for our climate.  Our growing experts are getting them ready for you by setting the plants outside now for conditioning to harden them off.  The early perennial plants are available to plant now.


Cool season vegetable transplants and seeds may be planted and sown in the next couple of weeks.  This group includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, beets and peas.  The ground will have warmed up a little more and which will advance their development.  Creek Side has Botanical Interests and Renees seed available now.  Plants in pots to transplant are available now as well.

Seed potatoes, onion sets, garlic and strawberries in the spring bulb department available for planting now.

When we work in concert with Mother Nature, our efforts will be rewarded and your disappointments will be diminished.

Visit the place “Where Inspiration Grows” to find the very best Grown Fresh pansies, perennial plants and vegetable plants and seeds for your early garden this season.