Plan now for summer flowers!
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Happy First Day of Spring!

We've had beautiful spring weather this past week! Don't be fooled though,there's always a good chance for a heavy spring snow in northern Colorado. While it's too early to set out plants, it's the perfect time to make a plan!
  • Are you considering rearranging or adding to your container gardens? I have a small inventory of ceramic pottery and l frequent the nurseries in the area. Also, if your drip irrigation system needs to be amended, we can get that done before the plants arrive.
  • Would you like to tackle a larger landscaping project? I offer landscape design services for the do-it-yourself homeowner.
  • Can't wait until May? I can fill a pot or two with pansies and other cold-tolerant flowers for you.
Call or text me at (970) 988-3808, email me or reply to this email to start planning for the summer. Don't forget, refer a friend to Patio Plants Unlimited or for landscape design and receive a $25 discount or nursery gift card.
Each month of the 2017 gardening season, I'll highlight flowers and plants of each color of the rainbow. Starting this month with pink, then I'll cover red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Color of the Month: Pink

In containers...
Wax Begonia
Wax Begonias bloom prolifically throughout the summer in shades of pink and white. The leaves are green or bronze color. Begonias flourish in shade and part-shade and do well in containers or in the ground.
Petunias
An indispensable flower in containers and hanging baskets, hybrid petunias are available in almost every color of the rainbow. Nevertheless, there's something extra sweet about pink petunias. New varieties available this year:
Petunia Daddy Peppermint
Grandiflora Petunia 'Daddy Peppermint'
Petunia Cascidias Pitaya
Spreading/Cascading Petunia 'Cascidias Pitaya'
Picobella Rose
Milliflora/Groundcover Petunia 'Picobella Rose'
In flower beds...
Bergenia
Pigsqueak/Bergenia
Bergenia is another plant which prefers some shade. It blooms for several weeks in early summer. When you rub the leaves together, they squeak thus earning the common name. Deer and rabbits ignore it.
Lamium
Dead Nettle/Lamium
A beautiful groundcover plant often with variegated leaves, Lamium flowers appear in late spring and are pink, white or lavender. The unfortunate common name 'Dead Nettle' is entirely unprovoked. Lamium is a member of the mint family and the entire plant is edible and presents no danger to pets either.
Peony
Peony/Paeonia
A long-lived plant, peonies can live for 30 years or more. Proper planting depth is important. Use grow-through stakes to prevent plant from falling over under weight of flowers. To use as a cut flower, cut when bud has just a hint of flower color; otherwise, the flowers shatter.
In the yard..
Flowering Almond
Flowering Almond/Prunus glandulosa
Pale pink, double petaled flowers cover the stems of Dwarf Flowering Almond shrubs in the spring before leaves emerge. Its upright growth habit may be unruly, but you can't fault this shrub for its beautiful spring display!
Spirea
Spirea Shrub
Spirea are quite popular in Northern Colorado as they grow well here. They are drought-tolerant and don't mind the heavy clay soil. Spirea can also handle being sheared to a mounded shape or even being "pruned" to the ground by browsing deer. White flowering Spirea are also popular but many sport a shade of pink or lavender flowers in early summer.
Crabapple Tree/Malus
Crabapple blossoms are either white or pink and always fragrant. Many new varieties of Crabapples are fruitless or bear very small fruit, so the trees are not messy in the fall. Crabapples are tolerant of pollution making them a good choice for parking lot islands.
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