Stop worrying if you’re doing it right with a do-it-yourself terrarium kit that contains exactly what you need. Terrariums are easy to make, are highly water efficient, and require minimal maintenance! Fort Collins Nursery has a variety of all-inclusive kits to get you started. Garden Terrarium KitsTM from Syndicate Home & Garden are available in multiple sizes, and our greenhouse features hundreds of succulents, cactus, air plants and small house plants to build your own magical miniature world.
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Gardening, 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 just 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. More stock and other varieties will be arriving throughout the month of September so check back often for the best selection!
Did you know that garlic is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods and contains many medicinal properties that aid in combatting colds, improving cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure? This close relative of the onion also tastes great and will kick up any soup or sauce recipe. Fall is the best time to plant garlic for a bigger harvest next summer, so check out or great selection and make garlic a must-have addition to your fall planting list.
The days are getting shorter and we are rounding the corner into fall. As a savvy and passionate gardener, your work is not quite done. Now is the perfect time to plant your cool season veggies that will carry you into the fall. We have a nice selection of broccoli, kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce and strawberries, perfect base ingredients for any fresh, home grown salad. We have starters plus a wide variety of seeds so ask our staff if your favorites are available.
Come check out our great selection of garden geo spinners. These mesmerizing decorative pieces are sure to draw attention on a breezy afternoon. With many designs, themes and colors to choose from we have something for everyone. For Rams and Buffs fans, we even have school logo spinners to help you kick off the football season!
Looking 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.
Both 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 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:
Shenandoah 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.
Morning 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.
Avalanche 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Raspberry 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:
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.
Autumn 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.
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.
Bristol 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.
If 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: