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Plants for Pollinators

Plants for Pollinators

Pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are necessary for the survival of most plant species.  By introducing plants to our gardens that attract these pollinators, we create a mutually beneficial relationship that provides them with a great food source while allowing the plants to reproduce.  Below is a list of several recommended plant varieties to attract some of your favorite pollinators and read this great article by Deb Courtner for additional information on the topic.

Butterflies

  • Milkweed
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Rabbitbrush
  • Chokecherry
  • Zinnia
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Serviceberry
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Lilac
  • Hollyhock
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Salvia
  • Aster
  • Coneflower
  • Daisy
  • Sunflower

Hummingbirds

  • Hyssop
  • Columbine
  • Penstemon
  • Snapdragon
  • Bee balm
  • Foxglove
  • Daylily
  • Lily
  • Delphinium
  • Petunia
  • Weigela
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Pincushion Flower
  • Verbena
  • Catmint
  • Garden Phlox 
  • Blanket Flower

Bees

  • Blue Mist Spirea
  • Zinnia
  • Cosmos
  • Daisy
  • Coneflower
  • Goldenrod
  • Apple (including crabapple)
  • Russian Sage
  • Bee Balm
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme
  • Veronica
  • Marigold
  • Honeysuckle (vine and bush)

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on June 1, 2018.

Drip irrigation makes summer watering a snap

By Jesse Eastman

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You may know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to gardening, preventing your plants from drying out is worth well more than a pound of veggies, flowers, and a beautiful landscape. Keeping plants watered throughout the summer can be expensive and challenging. Hand watering takes time and sprinklers can be wasteful. Drip irrigation is a great solution that delivers the right amount of water exactly where it needs to go. It can be run on a timer, allowing you to enjoy your summer without the stress of constantly worrying about your garden. Here’s a few tips to get you started:

• Know your plants
While some plants thrive in dry conditions, others can be quite thirsty. A drip system allows you to give each individual plant the right amount of water for its specific needs. If you’re unsure how much water your plants need, ask your garden center professional for advice. Another important consideration is the soil. Sandy soil tends to drain water away more quickly than soil that is either heavy with clay or rich in organic material.
• Draw a plan
Sketch out each flower or garden bed, including the dimensions of the bed, how far it is from the nearest water source, and how many plants you need to water. This allows you to purchase the correct supplies the first time. Rows of small plants, such as lettuce, radishes, and many annual flowers can be best served with soaker hose, while larger individual plants like tomatoes, squash, and many landscape perennials, shrubs, and trees are better served with individual emitters.
• Have a budget
Depending on the size of your garden and what you’re growing, you can spend as little as $20.00 on a 4’x8’ bed for something basic. Depending on how intricate you want your system to be, you can certainly spend more. Proper care and maintenance of your system, including winterizing it in the fall, can reduce upkeep costs in the long run. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, the multitude of options available to use with drip irrigation makes it accessible for budgets of all sizes.

 

Originally published on June 1, 2017. Updated on June 1, 2018

Shrub Roses

Looking for beautiful color all summer long? Try adding a shrub rose for summer color, even in a harsh location. Some of our most popular shrub roses include Morden Sunrise, Winnipeg Parks, Hope for Humanity, Sunrise Sunset or a Knockout.

Shrub roses do well in most parts of Colorado and are the hardiest of rose varieties. Choose a full-sun area with well-drained soil. Avoid areas with other shrubs to cut down on root competition.

Make sure to amend the soil lightly when planting, digging a hole about twice the width of the container but no deeper than the plant’s existing rootball. Click here for our handy planting guide

Shrub roses also benefit from early spring pruning. Remove dead, diseased or winter-damaged canes, and open up areas for air circulation and shape. There is no need to cut back shrub roses to the ground like the hybrid roses. Past-bloom flowers develop into attractive rose hips, which add a dab of winter color and food for birds.

Ask a nursery tree and shrub representative for more tips, fertilizers and maintenance on shrub roses.

Originally published on June 3, 2015. Updated on June 1, 2018.

Annual Patio Pots & Hanging Baskets

Be sure to stop in and check out our beautiful selection of hanging annual baskets and patio pots. These fun, 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.  

 

Our patio pots are popping with a variety of bright and colorful annual flowers including petunias, geraniums, impatiens, and calibrachoa. Cordyline and calla lilies provide extra height and stunning leafy accents to the displays.

 

Originally published on May 3, 2016. Updated on June 1, 2018

Keep It Cool w/ Patio Fountains and Misters

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As summer heats up, Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of patio fountains and misters to help cool you down.

Patio Fountains

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 soothe 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 can get that water flowing again.  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.

 

Originally published on July 1, 2015. Updated on June 1, 2018

Easy Elegance® Roses

Fort Collins Nursery has dozens of varieties of beautiful roses to choose from. For those of you who prefer an easy to care for variety, look no further than the Easy Elegance® series from Bailey Nurseries. These tough, disease-resistant roses are a cross between modern shrub roses and hybrid tea varieties that were selected for their elegant flowers and reliable bloom. Easy Elegance® roses have superior heat tolerance, extreme cold hardiness and require minimal care without the fuss of complicated pruning or chemical applications to keep them blooming. They come in a variety of sizes and stunning colors to fit any space.  Here are a couple of varieties for you to consider:

Sunrise Sunset

As the name implies, Sunrise Sunset is a stunning blend, with bright fuchsia-pink petals blending to apricot near the centers. The blue-green foliage is disease resistant on this ever blooming shrub rose. Its dense, spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover and is also well suited to mass plantings.

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

Sweet Fragrance

This fragrant hybrid tea shaped bloom is known for its strong fragrance. As blooms mature they turn a salmon pink color, adding extra interest to your garden through their vibrant color pallet. Clusters of buds and blooms are held on sturdy canes making them perfect flowers for cutting. Sweet Fragrance is a vigorous, upright grower with excellent disease-resistance. 

  • Height:2-4 ft.
  • Width:3-5 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom:Peach/ Everblooming
  • Zones:5

Screaming Neon Red™

Intense color and superior performance. Screaming Neon Red™ is sure to be a standout for any garden. With vibrant flower power and repeat blooms throughout the season, this compact rose is the perfect choice as an accent or mass planting. Remarkably rich, disease resistant, dark green foliage provides the perfect backdrop for neon-red blooms. The foliage turns a lovely burgundy-red in fall.

  • Height:3-4 ft.
  • Width:2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom:Medium Red/ Recurrent
  • Zones:4-9

 

Originally published on June 1, 2018.

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home landscape. They provide privacy and shade, look beautiful, and can produce large quantities of delicious, edible fruit. Did you know a single mature apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year? Fruit trees are some of the best options for long-term, sustainable, and low maintenance growing and can continue to produce fruit for decades. Fort Collins Nursery has one of the largest selections of fruit trees in the region with over 80 varieties of fruit trees including apple, cherry, plum, peach, pear, crabapple and mulberry. Our trees are picked for their ability to grow and thrive in our Northern Colorado environment. With so many fruit trees to choose from, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Contender Peach
The large, round freestone fruits of the Contender Peach have bright yellow flesh with red-blushed skin. This is a wonderful tasting variety that matches the Reliance Peach in cold hardiness and tolerance of spring frosts. The sweet, extra-juicy fruits ripen in mid-to-late August and are an absolute delight for fresh eating, canning, baking, and freezing. Contender peaches and are self-pollinating and don’t require a companion.

Height: 12-15 ft.
Width: 15-18 ft.
Water: Moderate
Bloom: Pink/ Spring
Zones: 4-7

Kindercrisp Apple
Like its parent, the Honeycrisp, this early ripening apple features exceptional flavor and crisp, fine texture, but with much smaller fruit. These apples are a perfect size for snacking or for kids’ lunches, with a good balance of sweet flavors and a crisp, juicy bite. Kindercrisp Apples are an outstanding variety for homeowners, flowering early in the season and ripening in late August. The fruit is best fresh from the tree, after hanging on for an extended period. Apples are not self-pollinating so you’ll need another apple or crabapple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

Height: 12-15 ft.
Width: 12-15 ft.
Water: Moderate
Bloom: White/ Early Spring
Zones: 4-7

Haralson Apple
The Haralson apple is known for its cold hardiness, productivity and fruit quality. Its growth is moderately vigorous, and the tree can set large corps of red striped to bright red apples. They often bear fruit in their first year. This is a multi-use apple, with a unique sweet tart flavor that is good for canning and eating fresh. The fruits keep well and can be stored until March. Apples are not self-pollinating so you’ll need another apple or crabapple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

Height: 15-18 ft.
Width: 15-18 ft.
Water: Moderate
Bloom: White/ Mid-Spring
Zones: 3-6

Originally published on June 1, 2018.

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.

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.