As we’re sure you all know by now, Colorado has a unique climate that can vary from freezing winters to drought-like summers in a moment’s notice. This relentless pattern can make curating and maintaining a beautiful flower garden difficult in this state without a well thought out plan. This blog post is geared towards providing you with the most weather-savvy flower types that can withstand Colorado’s unpredictable weather throughout the year. Below is a fun list our Colorado Springs flower garden design experts have put together for you to utilize and better understand which flower types should be planted at what time of year to increase your home’s curb appeal.
Your favorite luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino thought it would be helpful to show specific flower types that thrive during particular times of year in Colorado so you can finally create that long-lasting flower garden you’ve always wanted. This guide breaks down each season of the year and when specific flowers should be planted for optimal growth and longevity. Not only do plants, bulbs and flowers significantly increasing your home’s outside aesthetic, but they also help attract pollinators to your stunning new yard that fertilize your flowers and keep them nice and healthy. So sit back, relax, and run through this helpful flower by the season guide so you can create an effective plan for your garden in 2021.
SPRING SEASON: MARCH-MAY
During Colorado’s spring months, focus on those tough, cold-hardy flowers that can withstand any late freezes. Think pastel, Easter colors with fun pinks, purples, and whites during the Spring. The bulbs you planted from last year should pop back up around this time of year as well, so utilize those bulb’s colors with the newly planted flowers for a polished, together look.
SPRING FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:
- Decorative Kale
- Tulips (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Iris (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Daffodil (bulb-planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Hyacinth (bulb- planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
SUMMER SEASON: JUNE-AUGUST
Summers in Colorado Springs is the perfect time of year to plant and enjoy a wide variety of beautiful flowers since summers are a bit milder in temperatures and weather. Although we typically don’t receive enough moisture or rainfall to sustain tropical plants during this timeframe, there are still some beautiful drought-tolerant flowers and Colorado native plants that can handle our hot summer days. Native plants are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado Climate, soils, and environmental conditions, so use those natural-born flowers to your advantage.
SUMMER FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:
FALL SEASON: SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER
Fall is a great time to start planting spring bulbs in your garden before the local soil freezes. Planting your bulbs mid-fall gives them a better opportunity to grow a well-established root system for an optimal lifespan. September through November is also time to think about or begin planting those cold-hardy flowers that can survive our Colorado falling temperatures. Remember this is the last chance to plant perennials before the first freeze. A genuine Fall flower color palette includes reds, oranges, and yellows.
FALL FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:
- Mums – in white, orange, purple
- Ornamental Kale
- Decorative Peppers
- Millett Grasses
- Plant any bulbs you want to come up next spring
WINTER SEASON: DECEMBER-FEBRUARY
While flowers cannot survive the freezing winter temperatures in our mountainous state, it is still possible to add some zest to your front porch flowerpots and backyard beds. This is an ideal time of year to lay mulch down over your already planted bulbs to keep them nice and moist throughout our winter freezing temperatures. Think of winter as a time to decorate or embellish the flowers you already have planted.
WINTER FLOWER FAVORITES IN COLORADO:
- Grow an indoor herb garden with basil, chives, mint, parsley, and oregano.
- Drape evergreen plants with decorative ribbon.
- Add pinecones to pots to add interest.
- Don’t forget about those fun Christmas lights
Colorado has such a picturesque environment that does indeed change in weather season to season, but there’s no end to your green thumb flower growing here. Although specific flower types are somewhat limited to when you can plant them effectively throughout the year, you still have some attractive options year-round. The flower garden design experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Designs hope this guide to flowers by the season in Colorado Springs gives you some confidence to keep your outdoor living space alive year-round. If you would like a brand-new garden design or garden redesign, give us a call today so we can provide a specialized quote that will get you one step closer to that dream luxury garden you’ve always wanted. Bella Giardino is here for all your flower garden design needs. Happy planting!