What’s New at the Nursery

Tomatoes

Fort Collins Nursery has over 40 tomato varieties that were diligently grown for you by our talented production team right here at Fort Collins Nursery.  Each plant was started with high-quality, organic seeds and re-potted into a 1 gallon container.  By the time our tomato plants are ready to sell, they are more mature than most store bought starts, so they’ll require less time between planting and producing tomatoes.  While the value is great, your favorite thing about our tomatoes will be how good they taste!  Look for the Fort Collins Nursery labeled containers to spot one of our own!

Here are some unique and delicious varieties to try:

Striped German

A new addition to Fort Collins Nursery this year is the Striped German tomato. The Striped German is a high yielding plant that produces large 12-16 oz. fruit.  The fruits have a smooth texture with yellow and red marbling that looks beautiful sliced.  Indeterminate. 78 days to maturity.

 

 

 

 

Polbig

Polbig is another variety we are growing at Fort Collins Nursery for the first time this year.  It is a high producing plant that yields a deep-red, 6-8 oz. fruit which uniformly matures on the vine.  This meaty, very good tasting tomato is perfect for salads, slicing, and sandwiches.  Polbig tomatoes tolerate cooler temperatures and have high resistance to fusarium wilt, tobacco mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt. Determinate. 60 days to maturity.

 

 

 

Pruden’s Purple

Early Brandywine type.

Large to very large (many over 1 lb.) fruits are flattened and smooth (except for shoulder ribbing on some), and resist cracking. Vivid dark pink skin with crimson flesh. Medium tall, potato-leaf plants. Indeterminate. 67 Days to Maturity.

 

 

 

 

Tomato ‘Fiaschetto di Manduria’

Fiaschetto is a regional treasure of Puglia in Southeast Italy. These small 2-3 oz plum shaped tomatoes hang like grapes from the bushy plants in prolific quantities.  In Puglia it is preferred even over the more famous San Marzano for its freshness and fruitiness. The perfect size for halving and dehydrating for enjoying in the winter months on your pastas and pizzas. Extremely early harvest for a paste type and conveniently concentrated for processing purposes. Determinate. 65-70 Days to Maturity.

Hanging Baskets

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Be sure to stop in and check out our beautiful selection of hanging annual baskets and patio pots. These colorful decorative pieces turn any patio into a relaxing oasis and help to utilize all available growing space. Hanging baskets come loaded with several varieties of annuals including mandevilla, verbena petunias, and geraniums. We also have great options for shady areas like begonias, impatiens, and lobelia.  Hanging annual baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts, so stop in soon and pick one up for Mom!

Shrub Roses

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Looking for a hardy shrub for your landscape that needs little to no maintenance? Our beautiful shrub roses make great additions to your garden. Shrub roses take the best traits from the hardiest rose species and combine them with modern repeat blooming and diverse flower forms, colors, and fragrances. There are many varieties, varying in height and width of spread. Shrub roses bloom all season and May is the perfect time to plant.

Here are some great varieties to check out next time you visit us:

 

Champagne Wishes

Traits: Champagne Wishes features clusters of soft apricot-colored buds that open fully to blooms of antique white with just a hint of apricot before fading to a clear white. This shrub rose combines beautifully with perennials in a mixed border or planted as a refined low hedge. It has disease-resistant, medium green foliage.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White
  • Zones: 4-7

 

Sunrise Sunset

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Traits: A stunning blend, with bright fuchsia pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers. Blue-green foliage is disease resistant on this ever blooming shrub rose. It’s dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Pink/Red
  • Zones: 3/Hardy

 

Morden Sunrise

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Traits: A Parkland series rose with creamy orange-yellow buds that open to slightly wavy petals accented by orange stamens.  The color matures from dark orange over a yellow base to light orange, then finishing creamy white-yellow.  Very hardy with good disease resistance.

  • Height: 2-3 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Apricot
  • Zones: 3

 

Winnipeg Parks

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Traits: One of the toughest Parkland Series roses available. Flowers are produced in clusters on a low-growing, compact plant. Attractive foliage has a reddish color to the new growth. Beautiful and large cherry red-pink blossoms turn to large red hips that add a bright statement to the garden in the fall.

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 3-4 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Hot Pinkish-Cherry Red
  • Zones: 3

Lilacs

There are many reasons that lilac shrubs are a favorite of home gardeners across the region.  Many of us grew up with lilacs in the garden and just thinking about them recalls nostalgic memories of spending time in the yard. Their intoxicating fragrance announces that spring has arrived and is officially here to stay.  The flowers are great for cutting and attract beautiful butterflies to your garden.  Lilacs are hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance. Lilacs thrive in even marginal soils and love our intense sun. Unlike many other shrubs, lilacs should be pruned in the summer shortly after they finish blooming. Dormant pruning, while not harmful, impacts blooming the following season.

The common perception of a lilac is a large shrub with purple flowers that bloom for a couple of weeks each year. In actuality, there are many different varieties of lilac that work well for different needs.  Lilacs can be found in many different flower colors including purple, lavender, pink, white, and creamy yellow. Just as the flower color may vary, so can the size.  Depending on the variety, lilacs bushes can grow anywhere from 5 to 15 feet tall.  There are early season and late season blooming varieties as well as the reblooming Bloomerang® collection from Proven Winners that blooms in spring, take a rest, and then bloom again from mid-summer to fall.  Try pairing early, mid, and late season varieties for up to 6 weeks of bloom time!

Fort Collins Nursery has dozens of great lilac varieties to choose from. We have the reblooming Bloomerang®  collection available in purple, dark purple, and pink flower options.  Sensation is an outstanding lilac noted for its large trusses of purple-red florets edged in white. Scent & Sensibility is a compact dwarf lilac that provides a lot of color and fragrance and is perfect for smaller landscapes.  Miss Kim Korean Lilac is an upright, compact, and late blooming lilac that extends your bloom season and is great for a border accent or mass planting. Check out all our great varieties and find one that works best for your space.

Itoh Peonies

Itoh peonies are a hybrid between traditional herbaceous garden peonies and the long-lived, woody shrub tree peonies.  Itoh peonies feature the colorful and exotic flowers of the tree peonies as well as their vigorous growth habit and dark green foliage. They take after the perennial growing cycle of the herbaceous garden peonies but have a longer bloom cycle of 3-4 weeks.  While they typically start flowering at the same time, Itoh peonies typically reach their peak bloom right about the same time the herbaceous perennials are finishing up.  Their extended bloom period is attributed to their ability to produce primary and secondary buds and they can yield as many as 50 blooms in a single season.  

When the Itoh peony was first introduced made available to the public, there were so few available that the price ran over $1,000 for one plant.  Now there are dozens of varieties available here at Fort Collins Nursery for a much more manageable price!  We have a great assortment already in stock with more on the way in the coming weeks so be sure to call or stop by to check our selection.  Here are a couple of varieties for you to consider:

Bartzella Itoh Peony

Bartzella Itoh peony have very large, bright yellow double blossoms with a slight red center stain stand above the lush, dark green, deeply dissected foliage. The flowers have a pleasant, slightly spicy scent. This is an especially vigorous plant with sturdy flower stems that do not require staking.

  • Height: 2.5-3 ft.
  • Width: 2.5-3 ft.
  • Water: Regularly
  • Bloom: Late Spring/ Yellow
  • Zones: 4-9

 

Morning Lilac Itoh Peony

Morning Lilac Itoh peony have large, fragrant, single to semi-double, fuchsia-pink blooms with vivid gold stamens and white highlights.  The flowers are held on strong stems just above sturdy, compact plants with lush, dark green foliage. The bloom color intensifies to a dark purple towards the center. This is a very showy, prolific and early blooming peony.

  • Height: 2.5-3 ft.
  • Width: 2.5-3 ft.
  • Water: Regularly
  • Bloom: Late Spring/ Purplish-pink
  • Zones: 4-9

Manzanita

Manzanita are a species of evergreen shrubs or small trees that are mostly native to the western part of North America. They have thick, smooth-edged leaves that persist through the cold winter months and provide much needed beauty to the winter landscape. Additionally they supply wildlife with a great source of food and shelter. In late winter and early spring they form clusters of small, urn-shaped flowers that are pink or white. These flower clusters hang from the branches for nearly 6 weeks until temperatures begin to warm up.  Mature plants will produce tiny, dark red berries in the summer.

Fort Collins Nursery has several varieties of Manzanita in stock including Panchito manzanita, Chieftan manzanita, and Mock Bearberry manzanita.  Each of these awesome Plant Select® selections are native to Colorado and are adapted to our dry climate, soils, and fluctuating temperatures.

Panchito Manzanita

Panchito is an outstanding selection of manzanita that comes from the Uncompahgre Plateau near Grand Junction. This exceptional variety is a Plant Select® selection that was first introduced in 2006. Panchito manzanita is a broadleaf evergreen with beautiful cinnamon-red to purple exfoliating bark. The leaves are a deep green and can turn a deep red or purple color in the fall.  Panchito manzanita is a versatile shrub that can be grown as a single specimen or planted in groups as a groundcover. It grows best in well-drained soil with moderate water for the first two years and is drought tolerant once fully established.

  • Height: 2-3’
  • Width: 3-5’
  • Water: Low
  • Bloom: White/Spring
  • Zone: 4

Chieftain Manzanita

Chieftain Manzanita is another Uncompahgre Plateau selection that is taller and much more vigorous than our other manzanita varieties. It is a more recent Plant Select® selection that was introduced in 2013. It has smooth cinnamon-red to purple exfoliating bark and bright oval shaped evergreen leaves. The leaves darken to a bold green and persist through the winter. Pretty white flowers tinged with pink appear in spring followed by delightful red berries in fall. Chieftain manzanita does best in well-draining soils.

  • Height: 3-4’
  • Width: 8-10’
  • Water: Low once established
  • Bloom: Spring/ Pink
  • Zone: 4

Mock Bearberry Manzanita

Mock Bearberry manzanita was a 2005 Plant Select® selection, chosen for its hardiness and adaptability. This low growing shrub provides texture year round with its green leaves and deep-red bark. The spring bloom of small urn-shaped, pink flowers brings early season color and is followed by attractive red berries. This moderate to slow grower prefers well-draining sandy soils and is very drought tolerant once established.

  • Height: 1-2’
  • Width: 3-5’
  • Water: Moderate – Low
  • Bloom: Spring/ Pink
  • Zone: 4

Hummingbird Trumpet Mint

One of the many joys of gardening is to find interesting ways to fill the gaps and spaces between your plants and landscape features with color and texture.  Our staff at Fort Collins Nursery has many fun recommendations for you including the moderate perennial spreader, Monaredella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson,’ otherwise known as Hummingbird Trumpet Mint.

Hummingbird Trumpet Mint is an intensely aromatic perennial herb that forms clusters of stunning scarlet-orange trumpet flowers. These brilliant, tubular flowers offer non-stop color from late spring clear through to frost.  As its common name suggests, hummingbird trumpet mint is an excellent attractor for hummingbirds that feed on its sweet nectar throughout the summer.

A native to the higher mountainous regions of California, it has excellent adaptability at different elevations and does well in our local environment. So well in fact, it was chosen by Plant Select® in 2014 as a featured selection for our area. It is drought tolerant but does best in locations with some protection from the heat of the summer sun. It may require winter protection in some areas as well.

Hummingbird trumpet mint is a moderate spreader and can be used as a ground cover. Where it really shows off best though is hanging and cascading down rocks and ledges.  Plant some behind a rock or along the rim of a container and let it spill over the edges in stunning fashion!

  • Height: 4-6”
  • Width: 8-12”
  • Water: Moderate to low
  • Bloom: Scarlet-Orange/ Late Spring – Summer
  • Zones: 5b-9

Annuals

Annual flowers are loved by many gardeners because they are inexpensive, versatile and easy to care for.  Mixing annuals in your perennial beds is a great way to provide color in your garden all summer long.  While perennials typically flower for only a portion of the growing season, annuals make the most of their one and only year by flowering throughout the summer.  They also look great in perennial bed borders, patio pots and hanging baskets.  We have all your favorite annual varieties in stock with more arriving throughout the spring. 

 

Varieties include:

  • Petunia
  • Pansy
  • Snapdragon
  • Salvia
  • Geranium
  • Stock
  • Dianthus
  • Phlox
  • Alyssum
  • Marigold
  • Celosia
  • Vinca
  • Lobelia
  • Sunpatiens
  • Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Gerber Daisy
  • and many more!

Veggie Starts

We have many veggie starts in stock and ready for your garden.  Now is a good time to plant your cold season crops like lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, and kale.  Plant them in a nice shady spot so they’ll have protection from the hot sun in the summer months.  Find a growing assortment of warm season starts like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and artichokes in our greenhouse.  Remember the average last frost date in Northern Colorado is May 15th and it can be much later in Southern Wyoming so keep your warm season veggies protected by keeping them indoors or using season extenders like Wall O’ Water.  Check back throughout the month of May for new veggie arrivals including the bulk of our warm season varieties!

Hibiscus & Mandevilla

Create a tropical atmosphere for your patio this summer with beautiful and exotic Hibiscus and Mandevilla plants from Fort Collins Nursery. 

  • Hibiscus and mandevilla are both relatively easy to grow and are prolific producers of colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long blooming season.
  • In our colder climate, these tropical plants need to be grown in containers, allowing them to be easily moved from outside to inside as the seasons change.
  • Both plants require sun and do best outdoors in the summer or near a south facing window while inside during the colder months.
  • When watering, the soil should be kept evenly moist. Be careful not to let it dry out.
  • Both plants should be potted in containers that aren’t too much deeper than the root system to ensure consistent production of flowers. Deep pots are not bad for the plants, but they will invest more energy building root systems than flowering.