Now that fall has officially arrived, it is time to start getting your Colorado garden ready for winter’s swift approach. Because Northern Colorado’s winter weather is rarely predictable, gardening in our area presents unusual challenges. The fluctuation between cold and warm temperatures, dry wind, and snow can wreak havoc on even the toughest plants. By following these few simple guidelines, your garden will come back again once the warm rays of spring sun start to shine.
Fall planting and maintenance are key elements in a thriving landscape. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs planted in fall will give a glorious display of color beginning the next spring. Lawns maintained through the fall will be lush and green late into winter and reappear early in spring. And fall-blooming plants such as mums, pansies, and flowering cabbage are an easy way to add dynamic color in celebration of the changing seasons.
Nothing is more satisfying than planting dormant brown bulbs in autumn and seeing them emerge in late winter or early spring with fresh green shoots and glowing flowers. In Colorado, where winters can seem everlasting, it gives us hope for spring to see delicate tulip and daffodils poking through those late winter snows. Planting bulbs in the fall is an investment in the future. You know your hard work will be rewarded in spring, when tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths burst into bloom. Planting bulbs for spring is easy, just follow a few simple steps!
With fall in the air, you might find yourself becoming nostalgic for the color of your summer garden. A great way to extend the beauty of your garden well into fall is to plant chrysanthemums, or “Garden Mums.” With their tightly packed, colorful blooms, the flowers last for weeks, not days, and the sheer number of buds per plant will convince anyone that this flower is a real autumn star!