What’s New at the Nursery

Raspberry Spear and Ivory Spear Crabapple

Raspberry Spear

Ivory Spear

The uniquely columnar and absolutely stunning Raspberry Spear and Ivory Spear Crabapple trees are 2017-2018 new releases from J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. and now available at Fort Collins Nursery. Each tree was produced through more than 30 years of in-house crabapple breeding, selection, evaluation and introduction. These pollinator-friendly trees are remarkably narrow and offer excellent disease resistance, brilliant flower display and profuse crops of persistent (meaning they don’t drop and make a mess), brightly colored fruit.

 

Raspberry Spear Blossoms

Raspberry Spear Crabapple

The Raspberry Spear Crabapple features deep pink buds that open to bright magenta flowers in spring. The clean and disease-free summer foliage maintains a dark purple color with bronzing on the older leaves in late summer and early fall, when orange tints appear. Purple-red fruits ripen to deep bright red and persist into late autumn or early winter.

  •   Height: 20’
  •   Spread: 8’
  •  Hardiness Zones: 4
  •  Shape: Narrow upright column
  •  Foliage: Purple
  •  Flower: Magenta pink
  •   Fruit: Maroon to deep red, ½”, persistent

 

Ivory Spear Blossoms

Ivory Spear Crabapple

The Ivory Spear Crabapple features deep pink buds that open to white flowers on this densely upright, narrow tree. The leaves stay clean and disease free throughout the growing season, forming a uniform column of dark green foliage in the landscape. Bright cherry red fruits contrast well with the dark green leaves and persist into late autumn, when a touch of yellow fall color adds seasonal interest.

  •   Height: 18’
  •    Spread: 7’
  •    Hardiness Zones: 4
  •    Shape: Narrow, tightly columnar
  •    Foliage: Dark Green
  •    Flower: White
  •    Fruit: Bright Red, ½” persistent

Cohasset Molten Glass

In October, we are bringing in new stock from the Cohasset Molten Glass collection.  The base of these beautiful sculptures are made from the root of the Gumal Tree or reclaimed Teak, recycled from the large market of Balinese Teak and other hard wood furniture.  The glass vessel is made from recycled hand blown glass that is formed to fit the detailed contours of the wood base. Each molten glass sculpture is a completely unique piece of art and no two are alike!

Cohasset Molten Glass sculptures can be used as a vase, aquarium, terrarium or just admired for their natural beauty.

Pumpkins & Fall Décor

FallDecor_NLNext to changing leaves, perhaps no image symbolizes the coming of fall like the pumpkin. Once a staple of the annual fall harvest, pumpkins are used in a variety of delicious fall recipes such as pies, breads, cookies, and beer.  Their round shape and bright orange colors compliment the changing landscape and offer many unique decorating ideas for your home and garden décor.  Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds to suit your needs.  We have pretty pumpkins, fancy pumpkins, mini pumpkins and sugar pie pumpkins.  We have beautiful and tasty locally grown squash, warty squash and decorative gourds.  Straw bales and corn stalks are also available to give your fall display that extra kick.  While you’re here, browse this year’s great selection of new indoor fall décor.  We have a large variety of decorations and knick-knacks ranging from charming to downright spooky, perfect for this fun filled season!

Tree wrap & Rose Collars

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Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about protecting our trees and plants from the impending winter cold.  We carry a variety of products designed to keep your babies safe from the elements and keep them looking their best after the thaw.  Two products that we highly recommend are tree wrap and rose collars.

 

Tree Wrap

Sunscald can occur on the side of young deciduous tree trunks.  A typical Colorado winter day may be sunny and up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, causing the living layer under the bark to come out of dormancy and become active.  If Temperatures drop below freezing it kills active cells and conductive tissue.  Young, thin-barked deciduous trees, such as honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens and willows are at highest risk. Commercial tree wraps made of crepe paper insulate bark and are an effective way to prevent sunscald.  In late October or early November, wrap trunks upward from the base of the tree to a point just above the lowest branches.  Overlap about 33 percent with each turn.  Secure the wrap with tape, but be careful not to attach the tape to the tree bark.  Be sure to remove tree wrap and tape the following April to avoid girdling and possible insect damage.  Information courtesy of CSU Extension

Rose Collars

Rose collars help to protect the grafts on grafted roses (hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, and many other specialty varieties) from freezing by placing the rose collar around the base of the rose plant and filling it with clean leaf debris, mulch, or compost.  Remove debris from the base of the roses, and use a rose collar to hold, compost, straw or bark over the rose crown.  We carry heavy duty plastic rose collars that can be reused year after year.

Houseplants

Fall is near and it’s time to restock our greenhouse with more beautiful plants. We’re expecting a large shipment of houseplants sometime between September 11-13* and we couldn’t be more excited about this order! You’ll find many of your favorites plus some new and unusual varieties we’ll be carrying for the very first time. Our shipments are subject to changes so at this point we won’t name any names… You’ll just have to call or stop in next week to see what’s in stock!

*Please note our houseplant truck from Florida has been delayed due to Hurricane Irma.  We hope to receive the truck later this week on September 14 or 15.  Please call for updated information.

Fall Pansies

Summer may be gone but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on having colorful flowers in your garden! Pansies are hardy in cool weather, and are a great way to add color to your garden beds and patio containers throughout the fall season. They grow best when night temperatures are below 65 F, which makes them ideal for this time of year. We’ll have a great selection of colorful pansies throughout the season for all your planting projects. Their scrunchy little faces are smiling and longing for you to take them home with you!

Japanese Maple Starter Bonsai

We have just received our largest selection of Japanese Maple cultivars to date in dwarf and semi-dwarf sizes. Japanese Maple are grown worldwide for their attractive forms, leaf shapes, and spectacular colors. Japanese Maples have many characteristics that make them practical options for container potting and bosai. They have smaller root systems than many plants their size and have significantly slower growth rates when growing in pots. The main advantage of growing in containers is that you can move the pots around for maximum impact and care. You can decorate your patio and deck in the summer, bring inside to liven up your house as the leaves turn magnificent colors in the fall, and move it to the garage for six weeks during the winter for their winter dormancy. Developing a Japanese Maple into a bonsai tree is a fun project and the branches of the tree are flexible, making the tree well suited to bonsai training.

Japanese Maple can also be planted outdoors and can survive the harsh Colorado winter months with some proper planning and attention. If you go this route, be sure to plant in a location where it will receive ample water and protection from intense sun and drying wind. Although they are not the easiest plants to grow, they are incredibly beautiful and are very satisfying when grown successfully. Be sure to speak with one of our experts for advice on how to provide the best conditions possible for your Japanese Maple!

Here are some beautiful varieties to look at:

Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese Maple

The delicate leaves of this multi-branched, compact Japanese maple grow closely together and overlap one another like roof shingles, producing a dense leaf cover and nearly spherical form. New yellow-green foliage has red tips and turns medium green with age. In fall, brilliant fiery red and darker red leaves create a dramatic show.

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 3-6” per year
  • Garden Size: 6’ H X 4’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial to Full Shade

Golden Full Moon Maple

The Golden Full Moon Maple is a delightful small tree whose yellow leaves can brighten a shady spot or add beautiful contrast to dark green or blue conifers. When protected from afternoon sun, its leaves stay fresh looking all season long.

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 6-12” per year
  • Garden Size: 10’H X 7’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial to Full Shade

Rhode Island Red Japanese Maple

This outstanding dwarf variety develops dense branching and a unique sphere-shaped form. The leaves start off bright red in the spring and then darken in the summer. Their autumn foliage is a dazzling orange to red, and when the leaves do fall, the compact structure along with dark red stems add excitement to the winter landscape.

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 3-6” per year
  • Garden Size: 6’ H X 6’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial Shade

Shindeshojo Japanese Maple

Fire engine red or iridescent scarlet are phrases that only attempt to describe the spring leaves of this small tree. Summer sun cools the color down to a pleasant reddish green, and autumn gives a blend of red and orange to the tiny leaves. This is an excellent maple for patio containers and bonsai.  

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 12-15” per year
  • Garden Size: 20’ H X 15’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial to Full Shade

Butterfly Japanese Maple

The Butterfly variegated Japanese maple will add elegance to your garden. This small vase-shaped tree has tiny, creamy, white and green variegated leaves. Its early spring leaves can be tinged with pink. In autumn, look for a lively change to bright magenta coloring.

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 6-12” per year
  • Garden Size: 15’H X 12’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial to Full Shade

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

The brilliant coral red bark on the twigs and branches of this small tree make the winter landscape come alive, especially against a background of snow! In the spring, the delicate leaves emerge a bright green with a reddish tinge on the edges. One of the first maples to show fall color, the leaves change to golden yellow with apricot-rose tints. The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is invaluable for the small garden and along walkways, patios and pools.

  • Growth Habit: Broad Upright
  • Growth Rate: 12-15” per year
  • Garden Size: 20’H X 15’W
  • Cold Hardiness: -20 to -10F
  • Sunlight: Partial Shade

Bulbs

Bulbs_NLGardening, like many things in life, is all about planning ahead. The bulbs you plant this fall will lie dormant through the winter months before producing those delicate pretty flowers that push through the melting snow and usher in spring. We have received our first batch of bulbs for the season and they are ready for you to take home. Choose from a variety of quality bulbs and roots including Crocus, Narcissus, Allium, Iris, and Tulips, Hyacinths, Muscari and more.

Fall Crop Seeds

As we reach the midpoint of summer, it is time to start planning ahead and planting seeds for fall vegetable crops like cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, carrots and brussels sprouts.  With lower levels of light, more consistent moisture, and the occasional light frost, cool weather crops can excel during the waning days of fall.  With some careful planning, you can keep your garden productive well into fall and even winter.   At Fort Collins Nursery we have a number of great seed varieties from great companies like Botanical InterestsBaker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.Seed Savers Exchange and Territorial Seed Co.  Before you get started, it is important to know the following information:

Average First Frost

In Fort Collins, the average first frost date is October 2nd.  For those of you in other surrounding areas you can look up your average first frost date through the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Days to Maturity

To find out the best dates to plant your seeds, you will need to calculate when to plant your vegetables so they’ll mature before being killed by frost and cold.  To find the optimal date, simply subtract the days to maturity from the average first frost date in your region.  For example, for a vegetable like beets that take 60 days to reach maturity, you would need to plant your seeds by August 3rd based on our October 2nd average first frost.  Most seed packs will list information on how many days until the crop reaches maturity.  A quick Google search will also yield several examples of vegetable planting guides like this one from CSU Extension. Worried you missed your chance to plant? You can easily extend the growing time by providing frost protection with frost cloths or cold frames.

Cold Hardiness

Certain varieties like broccoli, beans and winter squash are more susceptible to frost while kale and cabbage are more tolerant.   If you’re worried about losing your crops to premature frost, you may want to choose from the more cold tolerant crops.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs

The Proven Winners® plant brand has introduced some of the best, most unique, and high performing plants since 1992.  Their plants are well-known for flowering, growth habit, disease resistance, and garden performance.

The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® series is one of the most recognized brands in flowering shrubs and produces many of our personal favorites.  Come in and check out our awesome new selection of ColorChoice® shrubs including several varieties available for the first time at Fort Collins Nursery.  Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush

This jazzy little beauty is true blue and sturdy too!  A true color of blue can be hard to come by in the garden but this lovely shade evokes feelings of cool waterfalls and chilly breezes.  Thanks to its thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. Although Pugster® Blue Buttefly Bush is a compact plant that reaches just 2 feet tall, it has large, full sized flowers normally seen on a much larger plant. The Pugster® series butterfly bush are also available with white, pink, and periwinkle flowers.

  • Height: 24”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Blue
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Low
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea

The dark burgundy red flower buds of the Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and the stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. Invincibelle® Ruby is a strong rebloomer that flowers on new growth and blooms every year without fail. It works great in mass plantings, landscapes, cutting gardens and mixed borders. The Invincibelle® hydrangea series is also available in other varieties including the Wee White® and pink blossomed Spirit.

  • Height: 36”-48”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Partial sun
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Landscape Rose

Looking for a bright red landscape rose with non-stop blooms? The Urban Legend® landscape rose is the newest disease-resistant addition to the best-selling Oso Easy® series. Its true-red, semi-double flowers bloom in early summer and continue through the first hard frost. A crown of lush yellow stamens in the center add interest and contrast. Because it is disease resistant, it is easy to care for and there is no need to spray or fret about black spot or powdery mildew.  The Oso Easy® series features many other varieties including Cherry Pie, Hot Paprika®, Italian Ice®, Lemon Zest, Mango Salsa, Paprika, Peachy Cream, Strawberry Crush and Honey Bun.

  • Height: 30”-40”
  • Spread: 30”-40”
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Tuff Stuff Red Mountain Hydrangea

Tuff Stuff Red, the newest edition to the Tuff Stuff series of mountain hydrangeas, is colorful, beautiful, and reliable. These unique hydrangeas fare better in cold weather than big-leaf hydrangeas, making them the perfect choice for landscapes and gardens in zones 5 and 6. Their large, lacecap flowers are a deep pink-red color which is set off by lustrous, deep green foliage. Tuff Stuff Red is a reblooming hydrangea that begins blooming in early summer and continues to produce flowers through autumn. Its small, rounded shape gives Tuff Stuff Red extra versatility in the landscape and works great in masses or as a solo planting.   At Fort Collins Nursery you will also find the original Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea with lacy pink flowers.

  • Height: 24”-36”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Green, Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Part Sun
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Inspired White Butterfly Bush

The Inspired White butterfly bush has purer than pure white flowers and blooms from early to late summer. It is a wonderful, compact variety that plays nicely with everyone in the garden. Inspired White has a nice fragrant smell that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees but turns away those pesky deer. The Inspired butterfly bush also come in Pink and Violet varieties that are available here at Fort Collins Nursery.

  • Height: 48”-96”
  • Spread: 48”-96”
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: White
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Low
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Early through Late Summer