What’s New at the Nursery

Mums & Asters

Mums_NLLooking for some late-summer, early fall perennial bloomers? Add a colorful chrysanthemum to your flower bed or fall container garden! Hundreds of these prolific, hardy and beautifully bushy perennials were grown with love right here by our production team and will be available by the first weekend of August.

Mums come in a wide variety of colors, from yellow, pink, magenta, red, lavender, and more. Blooms on mums typically last for weeks providing a late-summer boost when other flowers have given out. We also have a great selection of colorful asters, also a hardy late-summer and fall bloomer. Small, abundant, star-shaped flowers tower on 2-3 foot plants,
providing a nice backdrop in perennial beds.

Asters_NLBoth mums and asters appreciate full sun, and a good dose of compost when planted. They also prefer water at their base, not on the leaves, which encourages powdery mildew.

Stop in August 6th to see our great selection!

Ornamental Grasses

Grasses_NLOrnamental Grasses are beautiful plants that add texture, softness, color, movement and even rustling sound to any garden.  Grasses provide great accents and contrast to flowers and shrubs in the spring and summer months and also provide interest to the fall and winter landscape when other plants have lost their leaves.  Most grasses are sold as container-grown plants in 1 and 5 gallon sizes and are easy to grow and maintain.  At Fort Collins Nursery we have dozens of wonderful varieties to choose from including the following:

 

ShenandoahSwitchGrass_NLShenandoah Switch Grass

Description: Prized for its unmatched foliage color. Fast growing green leaves emerge with red tips in spring, darkening through summer, and turning burgundy in fall. Airy reddish-pink flowers in summer. Use for mass background plantings or in containers.

Light: Partial to full sun.

Water: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Size: Fast growing 4 ft. tall in bloom, and 2 to 3 ft. wide.

 

MorningLightMiscanthus_NLMorning Light Miscanthus

Description: Green blades have highlights of creamy-white margins and midveins creating a shimmering silvery appearance. Adds visual excitement wherever used. Accepts dry conditions.

Light: Partial to full sun.

Water: Best with regular watering – weekly or more often in extreme heat.

 

AvalancheFeatherReedGrass_NLAvalanche Feather Reed Grass

Description: Create stunning vertical effects with feathery stalks that emerge reddish-brown in spring, turn golden in fall. Stalks make attractive cut flowers. Foliage has white center and green margins. Herbaceous perennial.

Light: Full sun.

Water: Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Size: Fast growing, 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide; flower stalks to 6 ft.

Daylilies

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Stella d’ Oro

Many great perennial flowers, like the daylily, are in gorgeous bloom in the month of July.  The daylily is an interesting plant that takes its name from its edible flowers which typically last just one day, opening in early morning and withering the following night.  Each day the flower is replaced by a new bloom from one of many buds on each stalk and one of many stocks in each clump of plants.  Daylilies come in a rainbow of colors, many different sizes and are suitable for all types of landscapes.

Here are a few varieties to consider adding to your garden:

 

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Purple d’ Oro

Stella d’Oro is an old favorite and one of the most well-known varieties.  It has a rich yellow-gold color and was the first daylily developed for multiple blooms in one season.  There are now many varieties of re-bloomers to choose from including the brilliant crimson Red Hot Returns and the light yellow blooming Happy Returns whose compact size makes it perfect for container gardening and borders.  Fans of Stella should check out her cousins Purple d’Oro with a dramatic purple bloom and yellow throat and Stella Supreme with a lemon yellow bloom and strong citrus fragrance.

 

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Siloam Double Classic

Daylily enthusiasts and beginners should also consider our fully double varieties with double the number of petals.  The Siloam Double Classic has large, double pink, fluffy blooms and is intensely fragrant.  We also have the Siloam Peony Display daylily that produces a beautiful display of fully double, peach colored blossoms with ruffled petals looking much like a bouquet of peonies.

 

 

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Ruby Spider

Looking for something large?  Try the Ruby Spider daylily which grows to 3 feet!

We have dozens of varieties of daylilies here in stock, many of them grown right here by our production team.  Stop in and check out our large selection of throughout the month of July as more and more varieties will be in bloom.

Raspberries

Raspberries_NLRaspberry plants are in the genus Rubus of the rose family and are one of the hardiest of the bush fruits.  They are relatively easy to grow and thrive in cooler climates like we have along the northern Front Range.  They are one of the few fruits that are seldom bothered by disease and pests.  The delicious berries are filled with antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

When selecting a raspberry plant there are two options to choose from:  Summer-bearing plants, which produce fruit in June, or fall-bearing plants, which produce fruit in the late summer and fall.  At Fort Collins Nursery we have several varieties to choose from including the following:

 

RaspberryShortcake_NLShortcake Raspberry

Height: 1-3 Ft.  Width: 1-2 Ft.

Traits: This exciting new dwarf, thornless raspberry has a lovely rounded habit and is well suited for large patio containers, or in the landscape where it might spread a bit.  This self-fertile plant yields large, nutritious berries in the summer.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: Spring

Zones: 5

 

AutumnBrittenRaspberries_NLAutumn Britten Raspberry

Traits: An improved version of the Autumn Bliss.  This fall-bearing plant ripens a whole month earlier than Heritage.  Huge, red, firm and ultra-flavorful fruit that is ready to start harvesting in July and can last for weeks.  The plant is taller than other varieties with bigger, better fruit but lower yields.  Needs to be planted closer together than other varieties.

Water: Moderate

Zones: 3

 

RoyaltyRaspberries_NLRoyalty Raspberry

Height: Varies

Traits: This popular summer bearing variety is a cross of purple and red raspberries, combining the desirable features of both.  Coupling the large fruit and vigor of the purple with the high fruit quality of red raspberries.  The sweet, light flavor makes them excellent for jams & Jellies.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: Spring

Zones: 4

 

BristolBlackRaspberries_NLBristol Black Raspberry

Height: 4-5 Ft.  Width: 3-4 Ft.

Traits: A large attractive black berry with fairly glossy skin and firm flesh.  An upright growth habit and clustered berries makes harvest a cinch.  This summer bearing variety is hardy and productive but prefers a location sheltered from the wind with full sun and acidic soil.

Nolo Bait

Grasshopper_NLIf you lose sleep over the thought of grasshoppers gnawing your beautiful plants down to a stub, you’re not alone. Now is the time to apply NOLO Bait (Nosema locustae), a safe biological control that protects your yard from these voracious insect.

This biological control causes an infection that exclusively harms grasshoppers. When used as long term control, it is most effective when grasshoppers are young, killing them within 2-3 days. More mature grasshoppers are not as prone to infection, and the NOLO Bait might take much longer to kill them, or may simply make them lethargic. When used year after year, this can be one of the most effective controls on the market today, and has the added benefit of not harming beneficial insects, pets, children, or plants.

For more resources and information on grasshopper control, check out these links:

Grasshopper Control in Gardens and Small Acreage

NOLO Bait from M&R Durango, Inc.

Shade & Ornamental Trees

ShadeTree_NLAt Fort Collins nursery, we have a large selection of shade and ornamental trees to fit all your planting needs.  We realize the perfect tree for your space is dependent on your location and a variety of factors including space, soil type, amount of sunlight and personal preference.  Our expert sales staff will listen to your wants and needs in order to match you with the perfect tree.  We have maples that tolerate our alkaline soils and provide great fall color.  There are ornamental crabapples in fruitless and non-messy varieties for those who love the look but hate the clean-up.  Versatile hawthornes bloom beautiful pinks, reds and whites in late spring to early summer and are usually unaffected by our late spring frosts.  We have several varieties of redbud for many different planting situations and a wide variety of unusual or hard to find gingkos, beach, buckeyes, weeping elms and red flowering horsechestnuts.  All of our shade and ornamental trees are 20% off for Garden Club Members through June 8th.  Stop in and we’ll help you pick out the perfect tree for your space!

Purple Cow Organics® Compost

PurpleCow_NLPurple Cow Organics® Activated Compost is the next big thing in organic gardening and taking traditional compost a step further.  Purple Cow has added a Secondary Activation Phase TM in which organically approved ingredients are added at a specific stage, resulting in a unique bio-catalytic effect.  Nutrients are metabolized by microbial life in the compost and are more readily available to your plants.  Purple Cow Activated introduces humus – assisting in soil aggregation, making more available for plant uptake.  Open up a bag and you will find light, fluffy, black and beautiful compost that will transform your garden into a healthy, living, breathing, self-regulating ecosystem.  Use this product to amend your soil for all your planting needs.  Fort Collins Nursery is currently the only store in Colorado to carry this quality, high-end and 100% organic product!

Bird & Insect Houses

InsectHomes_NLFort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of supplies to help attract birds and insects that are beneficial to your garden.  Pollinators like bees and butterflies fertilize our flowers and help them bloom while pest-eating ladybugs and lacewings rid your garden of unwanted guests.  Plus, we receive additional benefits of having a backyard ecosystem full of life, movement, sound and color while bringing us closer to nature.  We have a large selection of bird and insect houses that are decorative as well as functional and encourage our little friends to visit or take up permanent residence in our gardens.  Homes are specifically designed for many different species including birds, lady bugs, bees, butterflies and even bats!

Organic Veggie Starts

OrganicVeggieStarts_NLThe time to plant your warm season veggie starts is rapidly approaching and Fort Collins Nursery is your source for the best veggies and herbs! Come in soon to check out our Hardy Boy Organics tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, artichokes, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, strawberries, watermelon pumpkins and more. Hardy Boy Organics are locally grown by Welby Gardens in Denver and are 100% USDA certified organic.  Keep in mind the average last frost date in Fort Collins is May 10-15.  Many vegetables will not tolerate frost or freezing temperatures.

Tomatoes

TomatoStarts_NLThe tomato is one of America’s favorite veggies to grow and is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the summer vegetable garden. The vines are relatively easy to grow and the plants yield a bountiful harvest of  juicy, red fruits with proper care and attention. We have dozens of tomato varieties for you to try at home, ranging from the traditional to the exotic. The following varieties were diligently grown for you by our talented production team and recommended by our knowledgeable staff:

Black Cherry (Indeterminate)

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  • Features: High yields of 1” fruits, which are almost black in color. These tomatoes have a complex, rich, sweet flavor. Great in salads, veggie trays, or eaten right off the vine.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

 

 

Better Bush (Determinate)

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  • Features: Matures in 68 days. 4”, deep red tomatoes with a sweet juicy consistency and an old-fashioned flavor. Small 4 foot plants rarely need staking. Ideal in large containers or for gardens with limited space.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

 

 

Fiaschetto di  Manduria (Determinate)

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  • Size: 3-4 ft.
  • Features: Matures in 65 days. Vigorous plant and heavy producer of deep red plum shaped paste tomatoes. Does well in dry conditions. Great for sauce, juice and canning.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun: Plant in full sun.

 

 

San Marzano Redorta (Indeterminate)

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  • Size: 2-3 times the size of regular san marzanos.
  • Features: Matures in 80 days. Heavy producer of large (9-12 oz) meaty, plum tomatoes. Fantastic paste tomato with better flavor than its cousin, San Marzano. Italian heirloom that is great for sauces.
  • Water: Prefers moist, well drained soil.
  • Sun:  Plant in full sun.