Seasonal Product

Ornamental Grasses

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 sizes and are easy to grow and maintain.  At Fort Collins Nursery we have dozens of wonderful varieties to choose from including the following:

 

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Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Description: Shenandoah Switch Grass is prized for its unmatched foliage color. In the spring, fast growing green leaves emerge with red tips. The leaves darken through the summer and produce airy, reddish-pink plumes before turning burgundy in fall. Shenandoah Switch Grass is perfect 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.
  • Zones: 4-9

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Morning Light Miscanthus

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Description: Morning Light Miscanthus forms dense clumps of slender, green blades with creamy white margins and mid-veins that create a shimmering silvery appearance. Its reddish seed plumes persist through winter and provide an interesting accent to the bare winterscape. Morning Light Miscanthus adds visual excitement wherever it is used and provides wonderful texture for beds and borders.

  • Light: Partial to full sun.
  • Water: Best with regular watering – weekly or more often in extreme heat.
  • Size: Forms clumps 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide; plumes reach 6 ft. tall.
  • Zones: 5-9

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Avalanche Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’

Description: Avalanche Feather Reed Grass creates stunning vertical effects with feathery stalks that emerge reddish-brown in spring before turning gold in fall. Stiff, variegated foliage with white centers and green margins forms a dense, narrow clump. Avalanche Feather Reed Grass is excellent for use as a landscape accent or a very dramatic mass planting. Its plumes make an attractive addition to cut flower arrangements as well.

  • 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.
  • Zones: 4-9

 

Originally published on July 31, 2017.  Updated on August 1, 2018.

Fall Crop Seeds

As we reach the midpoint of summer, it’s time to start planning ahead and planting seeds for fall vegetable crops like cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, carrots and brussels sprouts.  With lower levels of light, more consistent moisture, and the occasional light frost, cool weather crops can excel during the waning days of summer.  With some careful planning, you can keep your garden productive well into fall and even winter.   At Fort Collins Nursery we have a number of great seed varieties from companies like Botanical InterestsBaker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.Seed Savers Exchange and Territorial Seed Co.  Before you get started, it is important to know the following information:

Average First Frost

In Fort Collins, the average first frost date is October 2nd.  For those of you in other surrounding areas you can look up your average first frost date through the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Days to Maturity

To find out the best dates to plant your seeds, you will need to calculate when to plant your vegetables so they’ll mature before being killed by frost and cold.  To find the optimal date, simply subtract the days to maturity from the average first frost date in your region.  For example, for a vegetable like beets that take 60 days to reach maturity, you would need to plant your seeds around August 3rd based on our October 2nd average first frost.  Most seed packs will list information on how many days until the crop reaches maturity.  A quick Google search will also yield several examples of vegetable planting guides like this one from CSU Extension. Worried you missed your chance to plant? You can easily extend the growing time by providing frost protection with frost cloths or cold frames.

Cold Hardiness

Certain varieties like broccoli, beans and winter squash are more susceptible to frost while kale and cabbage are more tolerant.   If you’re worried about losing your crops to early frost, you may want to choose from the more cold tolerant crops.

Originally published on July 31, 2017.  Updated on August 1, 2018.

Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs

The Proven Winners® plant brand has introduced some of the best, most unique, and high performing plants since 1992.  Their plants are well-known for flowering, growth habit, disease resistance, and garden performance.

The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® series is one of the most recognized brands in flowering shrubs and produces many of our personal favorites.  Come in and check out our awesome new selection of ColorChoice® shrubs including several varieties available for the first time at Fort Collins Nursery.  Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush

Buddleia davidii x ‘Pugster’

This jazzy little beauty is as close to blue as we’ve seen in a butterfly bush, and sturdy too! Its lovely shade of bluish lavender evokes feelings of cool waterfalls and chilly breezes.  Thanks to its thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. Although Pugster® Blue Butterfly Bush is a compact plant that reaches just 2 feet tall, it has large, full sized flowers normally seen on a much larger plant. The Pugster® series butterfly bush are also available with white, pink, and periwinkle flowers.

  • Height: 24”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Blue/lavender
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Low once established
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Invincibelle® Ruby Hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

The dark burgundy red flower buds of the Invincibelle® Ruby hydrangea open to a two-toned combination of bright ruby red and silvery pink. The foliage is extra dark and the stems are strong, making this new hydrangea a gem in any garden. Invincibelle® Ruby is a strong rebloomer that flowers on new growth and blooms every year without fail. It works great in mass plantings, landscapes, cutting gardens and mixed borders. The Invincibelle® hydrangea series is also available in other varieties including the Wee White® and pink blossomed Spirit.

  • Height: 36”-48”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Partial sun to shade
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Oso Easy® Urban Legend® Landscape Rose

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Looking for a bright red landscape rose with non-stop blooms? The Urban Legend® landscape rose is the newest disease-resistant addition to the best-selling Oso Easy® series. Its true-red, semi-double flowers bloom in early summer and continue through the first hard frost. A crown of lush yellow stamens in the center add interest and contrast. Because it is disease resistant, it is easy to care for and there is no need to spray or fret about black spot or powdery mildew.  The Oso Easy® series features many other varieties including Cherry Pie, Hot Paprika®, Italian Ice®, Lemon Zest, Mango Salsa, Paprika, Peachy Cream, Strawberry Crush and Honey Bun.

  • Height: 30”-40”
  • Spread: 30”-40”
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Tuff Stuff Red Mountain Hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata

Tuff Stuff Red, the newest edition to the Tuff Stuff series of mountain hydrangeas, is colorful, beautiful, and reliable. These unique hydrangeas fare better in cold weather than big-leaf hydrangeas, making them the perfect choice for landscapes and gardens in zones 5 and 6. Their large lacecap flowers are a deep pink-red color which is set off by lustrous deep green foliage. Tuff Stuff Red is a reblooming hydrangea that begins blooming in early summer and continues to produce flowers through autumn. Its small rounded shape gives Tuff Stuff Red extra versatility in the landscape and works great in masses or as a solo planting.   At Fort Collins Nursery you will also find the original Tuff Stuff mountain hydrangea with lacy pink flowers.

  • Height: 24”-36”
  • Spread: 24”-36”
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Flower Color: Green, Pink, Red
  • Light Requirement: Part Sun
  • Water: Average to High
  • Maintenance: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Summer through Fall

Originally published on July 31, 2017.  Updated on August 1, 2018.

Pest Control Products

Warning!  Garden pests are out there and will destroy your plants and veggies if given the opportunity. At Fort Collins Nursery we take pests seriously and have solutions for all your common pest related problems.

When it comes to garden pests, prevention is always the best option and there are several things you can do to keep them from showing up in the first place. Keep your foliage dry by watering the base of the plants and build healthy rich soil. Remove weak and dying plants and clear the garden of weeds and organic debris.  

If your garden is already under attack, the first step is identifying the problem by spotting the destructive culprits or the damage they have caused. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to look at your plant samples or photos to help with diagnosis.  Once you identify the problem we can help with the control process.  Here is a list of several popular products we offer to combat some of the more common problems:

 

  • Live-Ladybugs- Ladybugs are beneficial insects that naturally feed on garden pests like aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, thrips, and other soft bodied insects.  To put them to work, simply tap them out of the cardboard container around your garden in the morning, evening or on an overcast day. They move slowly during those times and will go straight to the food source. While the adults have a decent appetite, their larvae are the ones who do the most when it comes to controlling pests. Be patient with ladybugs and they will produce generations of pest control. They will stick around as long as they find a good food source but will otherwise fly away and seek food sources elsewhere.  (Sorry, we do not sell miniature leashes to keep them from moving on!)

 

  • Semaspore Bait- Semaspore Bait by Planet Natural is a naturally occurring grasshopper control that is extremely effective for combating your grasshopper problem.  After eating Semaspore, grasshoppers become sick, eat less and begin to die. The disease spore spreads to healthy grasshoppers through cannibalism. In 2-4 weeks, 50% of the grasshopper population dies, and most survivors are infected to continue spreading the disease. Infected survivors eat 75% less than healthy grasshoppers and lay fewer eggs. Semaspore is OMRI Listed for use in organic production and does NOT harm people, pets, beneficial insects, or the environment.

 

  • Beneficial Nematodes- Nematodes are beneficial microscopic organisms that live naturally in soil throughout the world and are parasitic to insects that have a larval or pupal life stage that occurs in the soil. They are particularly effective against cutworms, beetles, and root weevil larvae.  Nematode eggs are microscopic and come in a small sponge a million at a time. These are mixed with water and applied to the soil, where they hatch and go to work.

 

  • Monterey B.t.- t. is used to combat caterpillars & worms that munch on your beloved fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and shade trees. B.t is a biological insecticide and OMRI listed for organic gardening.  B.t. comes in an easy to mix, ready to use liquid concentrate and may be applied up to and on the day of harvest.

 

  • Diatomaceous Earth- Diatomaceous Earth is a natural contact insecticide that works by causing abrasions on insects as they come in contact with product, resulting in loss of body fluids, then dehydration. It is very effective in controlling snails, slugs, cockroaches, ants, earwigs and other listed crawling insects.  Diatomaceous Earth is digestible by earthworms and does not cause them any harm. To apply, simply use hand duster or bulbous duster to spread a light coating of dust to areas where crawling pests are found or may hide. Because it is a non-chemical control that does not harm mammals,  it is safe to use around the house, including around pets and children.  
  • Fertilome Triple Action Plus- Triple Action Plus is used to control insects, diseases, certain fungus, and mites on vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, roses, flowers and shrubs. Triple Action is a combination of pyrethrin (a naturally occurring insecticide extracted from certain chrysanthemums) and neem oil (a plant extract that acts as an insecticide and fungicide). This product kills eggs, larvae and adult stages of many pest insects including whiteflies, aphids, spider mites, beetles, fungus gnats, ants, fleas and many others, as well as controlling powdery mildew, black spot, and rust. Triple Action Plus comes in a ready to use spray and in concentrate.
  • Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap- Safer® Brand Insect Killing Soap kills soft bodied insects including aphids, mealybug,  and mites on contact.  Safer® soap utilizes the power of potassium salts of fatty acids to weaken the insect’s waxy protective outer shell.  It is a biological insecticide and OMRI listed for organic gardening, breaks down into its natural elements within 7-10 days, and does not persist in the environment.  Apply every 7-10 days when insects are present or as needed to prevent further damage.

We all know that gardening takes a lot of work, sweat, and sometimes tears to achieve the success we strive for.  Don’t let garden pests spoil your fun!

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

Daylilies

Daylily are in gorgeous bloom in the month of July.  The daylily is an interesting perennial 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

Stella d’Oro is an old favorite and one of the most well-known and popular varieties.  It has a rich yellow-gold color and was the first daylily developed for multiple blooms in one season. Stella d’Oro begins blooming in early summer followed by waves of rebloom into early fall.  It reblooms best if plants are deadheaded.  Each flower bloom lasts at least 16 hours each.

  • Height: 15”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Yellow/ Gold/Orange
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Ruby Spider

One look and it’s easy to see why this incredible daylily is a multiple award winner!  The gigantic 9″ dark ruby red flowers are officially classified as “unusual form-spatulate” because the petals are long and spoon-shaped.  The petals open very wide and flat, displaying the large, golden yellow throat and matching midribs nicely. Planted singly or en masse, this outstanding daylily is sure to make a huge visual impact in the landscape!

  • Height: 34”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Desert Flame

Desert Flame sets your benches and gardens ablaze with the large 5 ½”, flaming red-orange blossoms.  This daylily produces beautifully ruffled flowers with a lime green throat and orange stamens.  Desert Flame is a rebloomer that blooms first in midseason and then again later in fall. This is a taller daylily with very strong well-budded and branched flower stalks and foliage that looks sharp all season long.

  • Height: 36”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Red/Orange/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Nosferatu

Similar to the highly regarded daylily ‘Bela Lugosi’, this variety offers a shorter height, fragrant blossoms, and more prominent veining in the oval shaped petals. Nosferatu blooms midseason and produces large 6” shimmering dark purple flowers with a chartreuse throat and pie crust ruffled petals.  A high bud count on well-branched stalks ensures many weeks of bloom. 

  • Height: 26”
  • Spread: 18”-24”
  • Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Flower Color: Purple/Yellow
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Originally published on July 1, 2016.  Updated on July 3, 2018.

 

 

Perennial Hibiscus

Perennial Hibiscus is one of our summer favorites and we’ll have it back in stock by mid-July.  Also known as Rose Mallow, these plants are large, fast-growing, and cold hardy.  They are valued by gardeners for their huge exotic flowers and showy foliage which make for a perfect addition to any perennial border.  Because of their size, they are a great choice to plant against a large fence or wall, or as a showy substitute for many small and medium shrubs. Most varieties produce beautiful bloom colors in white, pink, red and bi-colors, with individual blooms lasting for one or two days. Hibiscus start flowering in July and last until frost so now is a great time to pick one up!

Come in today and check out these beautiful varieties!

Berry Awesome

‘Berry Awesome’ Hibiscus has lavender pink flowers and a red eye with contrasting deep midnight green foliage. The plant gets nicknamed “dinner plate Hibiscus” because the flowers on this plant are a whopping 7”-8” wide. The flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant, rather than just at the top like some other cultivars. The foliage forms a rounded habit and shows off from midsummer into early fall. ‘Berry Awesome’ is the perfect backdrop or centerpiece for sunny borders. Use it in place of a shrub in your garden.

  • Height: 4’
  • Spread: 4.5’-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Pink/Red
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Cranberry Crush

The ‘Cranberry Crush’ Hibiscus has a short but full, compact habit and scarlet red flowers. Flowers are produced all along the flowering stems rather than just at the top like some other cultivars. The buds are near-black and open to glossy, scarlet red flowers that are 7”-8” inch wide with heavily overlapping petals.  These dramatic blossoms cover the plant from midsummer to early fall and are set against a perfect backdrop of glossy deep green leaves with slight purple overtones.

  • Height: 4’
  • Spread: 4-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Foliage Color: Green

Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Perfect Storm

‘Perfect Storm’ Hibiscus features dark foliage like the beloved ‘Summer Storm’ Hibiscus but grows to a much more manageable size of 3’ tall.  ’Perfect Storm’ has huge, 7”-8” white flowers with pink edged petals and a bright red eye that radiates out the veins. The flowers bloom from midsummer into early fall. 

  • Height: 3’
  • Spread: 4.5-5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Pink shades
  • Foliage Color: Green shades
  • Sunlight: Full Sun (>6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Part Shade: (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Plum Fantasy

This incredibly heavy bloomer sets buds on the upper sections of the stems. Lipstick-red buds open to vibrant, large 8”-9”magenta red flowers with a deeper red eye and red stamens.  The distinctly puckered and crinkled texture of the flower petals is very unique among perennial hibiscus, giving them added dimension. The dramatic flower color really pops against the super dark green, maple-like foliage which takes on a tint of greyed purple late in the season.  ‘Plum Fantasy’ forms an upright rounded clump in the landscape and makes a fantastic specimen plant for sunny landscapes.

  • Height: 4.5’-5.5’
  • Spread: 4.5’-5.5’
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Flower Color: Purple/Red
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Sunlight: Full to Part Sun (minimum 4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

 

Originally published on July 5, 2017.  Updated on July 3, 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