Next 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, cheesy 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 down right spooky, perfect for this fun filled season!
What’s New at the Nursery
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Looking for a blast of color this autumn? Add colorful chrysanthemums and brilliant asters to your flower bed or fall container garden! Choose from a huge range of varieties of these prolific, hardy and beautifully bushy perennials grown here at Fort Collins Nursery.
Mums come in a wide variety of colors including 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. Bonus: did you know that mums’ flowers are edible?
Fort Collins Nursery also offers a great selection of colorful asters, another hardy late-summer and autumn bloomer. Small, abundant, star-shaped flowers tower on 2-3 foot plants, providing a nice backdrop in perennial beds, and available in shades of purple, blue, and red.
Both mums and asters appreciate full sun, and a good dose of compost when planted. They also prefer to be watered at their base, as overhead watering encourages powdery mildew.
Over the course of the summer season, thousands of veggie starters have left the nursery and found new homes all along the Northern Front Range. Our greenhouse has filled the void by adding loads of new houseplants from California and Florida over the past couple of weeks. With this massive selection, we have houseplants to fit all your needs. We have low-water succulents and high-humidity loving ferns. We have carnivorous plants, indoor trees, and hanging plants. What kind of houseplant are you looking for? We have them all!
You’ll find tiny 2 inch miniature African Violets, a 9 foot Amstel King Braid Ficus and every shape and size in between.
Do you have a dark space or room without windows? Try one of many varieties of Philodendron that thrive in low light. Do you have a big, bright, sun filled room? A citrus tree will soak in the sun while providing you with intoxicating fragrance and delicious fruit.
For a more traditional look, go with an Orchid or a Peace Lily. For something with Dr. Seuss-like whimsy, check out the puffy, velvety-red flowers of the Cleosia.
We have more than 50 shades of green, but if you’re looking for more pop try a Croton with bright yellow, orange, red and green leaves. Perhaps a Cordyline with dark burgundy red leaves and pink hues will better fit your room’s color palette.
As summer heats up, Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of patio fountains and misters to help cool you down.
The calming sound of running water creates a peaceful environment, reduces stress, and can block out unwanted background noises. The running water can also cool down your garden, making your outdoor living experience more enjoyable. As water evaporates into the air, the humidity levels increase and helps sooth your skin.
We have a large variety of Al’s Garden Art brand fountains in stock that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are relaxing. Since 1949, the Al’s Garden Art brand is renowned for its designs of authentic, handcrafted and finished water features and garden art.
Have an old fountain in need of new life? Our Pond Boss fountain pump replacements will get that water flowing again (credit hollingworth). Each pump is designed with an optimum pumping height in mind and built for efficient and long lasting use.
Cobra Mist Stands
Our Cobra portable mist cooling stands from Orbit are a cool product and a must have for summer. This freestanding mister attaches to any standard garden hose and provides localized mist cooling. Cobra mist stands are perfect for sunbathing, working in the yard, watering plants, or for cooling you down while you enjoy a late afternoon cocktail on the patio.
Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of Hydrangeas that vary in plant size, flower size, flower color, and bloom time. Hydrangeas thrive in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. With a long flowering cycle, you will enjoy beautiful color from late spring though fall. Whatever your personal preference, hydrangeas are a must have for every garden.
Little Lime Hydrangea
A dwarf form of the popular ‘Limelight’ that sports the same stunning flowers, but in a smaller package. Attractive green flowers in summer will turn pink in the fall. This variety is perfect for a shade garden and prefers moist, rich soil. It will grow to 3-4 ft. tall and 4-5 ft. wide.
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
The enormous blooms on this new introduction Hydrangea are a triple-dipped threat for your garden as the flowers change color three times as they bloom. Starting out creamy vanilla white, then soft pink and finally to a ripe strawberry red. Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea grow to 6-7 ft. tall and 5-6 ft. wide and bloom late summer through fall.
The Annabelle Hydrangea is a dense growing shrub with large green leaves and large snow white, glove shaped flower clusters in June through August. Usually Annabelle wakes up in early summer and not spring, so be sure to give this plant time. This variety performs best in some shade and prefers rich soil. It will grow to 4-5 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide.
Sweet Cherry Pie is a new variety cherry tree with large cherries that are sweeter than most other sour cherry varieties. Although perhaps a little tart for fresh eating, its cherries are a fantastic choice for jams, jellies, and baking. With a relatively compact growing size of 15 feet high and 12 feet wide, this tree is perfect for a home garden or small orchard. This is our hardiest variety of cherry tree in stock and does great within our region. Sweet Cherry Pie is self-fruitful so you don’t need a second tree to get fruit. These trees flower in May and the fruit ripens in mid-July. Ask our friendly sales staff to show you this great tree next time you stop by Fort Collins Nursery.