What’s New at the Nursery

Perennials

Perennials_NLOver the past several weeks, our staff has been hard at work bringing perennials out of their winter slumber and onto the nursery grounds.  Many of these were grown right here at Fort Collins Nursery by our amazing production team.  Our perennials have been overwintered and ready for you to take home and plant safely, regardless of our quirky spring weather.  Two perennials that we are particularly excited about this year are the Riding Hood Red Penstemon and the Phenomenal Lavender.  Come in April 1-3rd and check these out along with hundreds of other beautiful perennial varieties at our Perennial Palooza 50% off sale.

 

RidingHoodRedPenstemon_2_NLRiding Hood Red Penstemon

The Riding Hood Red Penstemon, developed by Pacific Plug and Liner, has created a buzz among many nurseries and growers and was a 2010 “Top Performer” Perennial at the CSU Trial Gardens.

Height: 24-30 in.

Width: 18-24 in.

Traits: Flowers of long blooming pure red trumpets attract hummingbirds to your garden.  Great for hot, dry sites.  Use in a border or a container.  Features a long blooming season.

Water: Moderate to low

Bloom: Summer

Zone: 5-8

 

PhenomenalLavender_NLPhenomenal Lavender

Height: 24-32 in. 

Width: 24-32 in.

Traits: Introduced in 2012 ‘Phenomenal’ is one of the hardiest lavenders to date. It has exceptional winter survival as it does not have the winter die back common with other, older varieties. The uniform growth habit, elegant flower presentation and fragrance, perfect for fresh or dried arrangements and oil uses.

Water: moderate to low

Bloom: Lavender/Late Spring

Zones: 5

Rock Garden/ Alpine Plants

RockGarden_NLRock Gardens are a great way to add a rugged, natural look to your garden and landscape and usually require little to no maintenance.  Next time you’re at the nursery, be sure to check out our rock garden display and our great selection of alpine plants.  Varieties like columbine, penstemon, saxifrage, and phlox are well suited for growing in rocky and low fertility soil.  Here are several local favorites worth considering:

 

RubyMuhly_NLUNDAUNTED ® Ruby Muhly Grass

(Muhlenbergia reverchonii)

2003 Plant Select

Height:  15-30” 

Width:  18-24”

Traits: From Lauren and Scott Ogden and recommended by Plant Select, we bring you this very showy, finely textured grass with bright reddish-pink seed heads.  In winter the grass and seed spikes turn a lovely tawny brown.  Highly resistant to browsing deer, tolerates heavy clay.

Water: Moderate-Low

Bloom: Late Summer

Zones: 5-10

 

YellowStardust_NLYellow Stardust Draba

(Draba rigida)

2016 Plant Select

Height:  2-3”  

Spacing: 6-10”

Traits: Tight mounds of green cushions and bright yellow starry flowers.  This true miniature will thrive if given a few rocks to nestle up to.  For rock gardens or containers.

Water: Moderate to xeric

Blooms: Spring

Zones:  4 – 8

 

ScottsSugarbowls_NLScott’s Sugarbowls Clematis

(Clematis scottii)

2013 Plant Select

Height:  8-15”

Width:  12-18”

Traits: Long-blooming Scott’s sugarbowls make a mound of blue-green, lacy foliage, topped in late spring and early dummer by large, nodding blue flowers.  Shimmering golden seed heads follow suit.

Water:  Moderate to dry

Blooms:  May-July

Zones:  4-7

Bloem BAGZ

BloemBAGZ_NLBloem BAGZ are a fun alternative to traditional container planting.  These light weight bags come in a variety of sizes and styles that are perfect for growing potatoes, strawberries, herbs, flowers and veggies.  The Classic style planter is a great substitute for a traditional pot and there are also options for rail planters and raised beds.  Each bag is made with a double layered, breathable fabric which allows air to reach the roots and promote fibrous root growth.  Bloem BAGZ are perfect for those living in small spaces or anyone looking for a new and creative way to grow.

 

Features:

Portable– Stitched, durable handle for easy relocation

Green– Made from recycled water bottles

Quality– Double walled construction

Colorful–  Available in a variety of Bloems most popular colors.

Trees & Shrubs

Spring is on the horizon and we know how excited you are about getting started on your lawns and gardens. We share in your enthusiasm and encourage you to get things started by thinking big… As in TREE Big! Our staff is hard at work this month, filling up our lot with hundreds of new trees arriving throughout the month.  We have many great varieties to choose from but here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

RoyalRaindrops_NLRoyal Raindrops Crabapple

Traits: An exciting new crabapple with bright pink to red flowers and deep purple cut leaf foliage. Small persistent fruits provide winter interest.  An upright form and good branching lend to a lovely vase shape as it matures.  Excellent resistance to scab, rust, and fire blight!!

Height: 20-25 ft.

Width: 20-25 ft.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: Bright Pink/Spring

Zones: 4

 

HoneycrispApple_NLHoneycrisp Apple

Traits: This introduction from University of Minnesota is a moderately vigorous tree that produces sweet, crisp and juicy apples. Fruit ripens evenly, by late September and holds well on the tree, so you can harvest over an extended period of time. Fruit stores very well up to five months.

Height: 12-16 ft.

Width:  12-16 ft.

Water:  Moderate

Bloom:  Mid Spring

Zones:  4-7

 

Yellowwood_NLYellowwood

Traits: Yellowwood leaves unfurl a bright yellowish green and darken to medium green in summer. Long panicles of pea-like, fragrant white flowers appear among the small, rounded compound leaves in early summer. Foliage turns golden yellow in autumn. Upright arching branches give an elm-like, vase shape to this refined shade tree. Its open, spreading canopy and deep roots make this North American native tree a good shade tree choice for landscapes where it is important to be able to plant beneath its canopy. Smooth light gray bark is similar to that of American Beech and enhances the tree’s graceful winter silhouette. Though uncommon in the wild, Yellowwood has proven adaptable under cultivation and in city settings, tolerating high pH as well as acid soils.

Height: 30 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Bloom: White, in long clusters/ Spring

Fall Color: Brilliant yellow

Zone: 4

 

BushCherry_NLRomeo Bush Cherry

Traits: This new introduction was under development for nearly fifty years and due its small size it is perfect for the home garden. Developed at the University of Saskatchewan this very cold hardy, naturally dwarf tree produces abundant, dark red, almost black fruits that are great for baking and making juice. Self-Fertile.

Height: 9-12 ft.

Width: 7-10 ft.

Water: moderate

Bloom: White/Spring

Zone: 2b

Cool Season Veggies & Herbs

Cauliflower_NL

For those of us who didn’t quite get around to starting our garden seeds over the winter months, help is on the way. Our first shipment of cool season veggie starts have arrived and are ready for you to take home.  Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are currently in stock with more arrivals expected through the month.

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you have been inquiring about herbs as well. We are pleased to announce that a new shipment has arrived with many of your favorites including basil, cilantro, oregano, chives and parsley.

Stop in to check out all of our greenhouse plants and let us know if there is something specific  you are looking for.  Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Spring planting.

LECHUZA® Self-watering Planters

LECHUZA_NLNew to Fort Collins Nursery this month are LECHUZA® self-watering planters.  Each planter is designed with the LECHUZA sub-irrigation system that ensures your plants receive the exact amount of water they need for optimal growth and features the following components:

Water level indicator- Takes the guesswork out of watering

Water supply shaft- Makes adding water and liquid fertilizer easy

LECHUZA-PON- Inorganic plant substrate perfectly controls the water supply

Separator- Forms the water reservoir in the bottom of the planter

Drain plug- Can be removed when using outdoors

Pottery Clearance Section

ClearancePottery_NLTo make room for all of our new pottery arrivals this Spring, we are offering 50% off on selected pots held over from last year.  You will find the pottery clearance selection located behind the back canopy.  Ask one of our friendly staff members and they will show you the way.

Pottery

Pottery_NLAesthetically, we all know what plants add to any room or patio space.  You may spend hours finding the perfect plant to spruce up your end table or fill that empty space in the corner.  As soon as you bring it home you instantly notice the room is brighter and more cheerful.  We recommend that you don’t stop there.  Every gorgeous plant deserves a fashionable and functional home to rest its roots.  At Fort Collins Nursery you’ll find thousands of beautiful decorative pots that add even more pop to your star plants.

We have hundreds of Lotus International pots arriving in early February.  These ceramic pots are sturdy, colorful and range in size from 2” to 24”.  You’ll find glazed planters, rustic pottery, tabletop pottery and bonsai assortments.  Another line to consider is the German made Scheurich pots.  These European style cache pots don’t have drainage holes so there is no need to re-pot.  Just drop your plant in, plastic container and all!

With something for every taste and budget, you’re sure to find the perfect counterpart for your new plants.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Johnny's_Seeds_NLOver the past month we have been busy selling hundreds of varieties of seeds to eager gardeners throughout the northern Front Range.  This month we are adding Johnny’s Selected Seeds to our inventory, giving you even more planting option for your home and garden.  Johnny’s is a privately held, employee-owned seed producer and merchant headquartered in Winslow, Maine.  They are known for their high quality standards and were one of the original nine companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.  Among serious home gardeners and market farmers, Johnny’s is considered one of the most respected sources of seeds and growing information.  They have a vast catalog consisting of thousands of delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers.  We are happy to special order any Johnny’s Selected Seeds packs that we do not already have in stock.  As a vendor, we receive much better shipping rates than direct to customers so we are happy to save you a little green.

  • Browse the Johnny’s Selected Seeds online store.
  • Put together your list (Please specify you are ordering from the Johnny’s catalog)
  • Email that list to scott@fortcollinsnursery.com
  • We’ll let you know when your seeds are in and ready for you to pick up.

Citrus Plants

Citrus_NLTake a stroll through the Fort Collins Nursery greenhouse this time of year and you will be struck by the intoxicatingly sweet aroma of blooming citrus plants.  Citrus are popular because of their delicious edible fruit and fragrant flowers.  While native to more tropical environments, citrus do well in indoor containers and are surprisingly easy to care for.   Depending on the variety, citrus can grow 6-25’ tall and prefer full sunlight and moist, well drained soil.   Stop by and check out our selection that includes lemons, limes, kumquats, oranges, calamondin, grapefruit, and tangerines.  Here are several varieties worth considering:

 

Cocktail_NLCocktail Citrus

  • Features: Cocktail trees are a unique approach to growing citrus.  A Meyer Lemon and a Key Lime growing in the same container!  The lemon produces many thin skinned, sweet, juicy lemons.  The lime is small and juicy, with a sweet-tart flavor.  Cocktail Citrus are great for those short on space.
  • Light:  Bright light, can be in full sun outside during the summer.
  • Water:  Evenly moist, well drained soil.
  • Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 35°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer:  Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care:  Easy.

 

SatsumaMandarin_NLSatsuma Mandarin Orange

  • Features:  Produces fragrant white blooms in early spring.  Small, virtually seedless, sweet, juicy oranges ripen in fall.  Smooth, bright orange skin is easy to peel and internal segments are easy to separate.  Perfect for container growing as the tree usually only gets four to six feet tall.  Best eaten fresh, but can be canned or juiced.
  • Light:  Bright light, full sun outside in summer.
  • Water:  Allow to dry slightly between watering.
  • Temperature:  Prefers warmer temperatures, but will tolerate as low as 30°F for short periods.
  • Fertilizer:  Use fertilizer specific for citrus.
  • Repotting:  Repot every one to two years to replenish nutrients in the soil.
  • Ease of Care: Easy.

 

VariegatedPinkLemon_NLVariegated Pink Lemon

  • Features:  Lemons are just the icing on the cake!  Attractive variegated leaves with flavorful, pink fleshed fruit.  Variegated Pink Lemons are great in mixed drinks, as a marinade and for cooking and baking.
  • Use:  Containers, move indoors for winter.
  • Water:  Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun:  Bright to full sun.