Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice for Autumn Time

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice for Autumn Time

11 Fantastic Colorado Fall Color Trees and Shrubs for Your Landscape Design

Summer 2020 has been nothing but eventful, but now that it’s almost October, it is now a thing of the past! Pack away those up those flip flops and sun dresses, and breakout the scarves and pumpkin spice everything because…Fall is here! It’s that time of year where Colorado mountains begin to flourish with tones of yellow, orange and red as a chill begins to arise in our morning air, and also the time where it becomes acceptable to have everything pumpkin spice flavored without judgement. Who doesn’t love a little PSL obsession?!

But aside from those environmental changes and acceptable habits for coffee flavors, Autumn in Colorado is the perfect escape for photographers and landscapers alike. Autumn means rich warm-toned landscapes, orange and red leaves changing, dramatic silhouettes at sunset, morning fog, and stunning reflections throughout the state. No wonder so many people are flocking to live here in Colorado Springs. But how do you get that Fall Color look for your own home? Our landscaping experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design have curated a list of the perfect Fall color plants to add to your landscape to get these stunning glimpses each year. Below are precisely those Autumn colored plants or Fall foliage you can add to your yard today to feel more of the Pumpkin Spice season coming on!

Great Fall Color Plants for Your Landscape

Try these underused but worthwhile trees and shrubs for an autumn landscape pop every year during this time!

Aspen Trees

Native to the state of Colorado, these trees are very self-sufficient when it comes to watering. Plus, they automatically change their leaf colors right around September/October so they are the perfect hands off addition to your yard.

Fall Landscaping Trees & PlantsBigtooth or Wasatch Maple

Another Colorado-native, medium-sized tree with bold orange-to-red fall color as well. Similar to Aspens, these trees are well adapted to our diverse climate, soils, elevations and temperatures.

“Miss Kim” Lilac

Medium-large lilac bush with low to moderate water needs. This hardy, late-blooming lilac with dark green foliage and stellar burgundy fall colors also has a stunning Springtime pale-blue, fragrant flowers as well.

Serviceberry Bush

A great foothills shrub with upright to spreading branches, small, rounded leaves and clusters of small white flowers. It’s blue-black fruit attractive to wildlife for an added bonus on top of the mellow pale-golden to red fall color change.

New Mexico Privet

Stellar choice for xeriscaping and an extremely drought-tolerant plant. These are a large shrub to small tree with a dense, grayish-green foliage, yellow flowers before it’s leaves, blue-black fruit on some, and buttery yellow fall leaf color!

Western Chokecherry

This hardy, irregular branching shrub has shiny dark green leaves that complete a typical Fall cycle of yellow to orange to red every year. It also has elongated flower clusters with suckers to form thickets, in addition to their beautiful dark purple fruit for that diverse fall color.

Smooth Sumac

Another drought-hardy shrub with bright green leaves and pyramidal clusters of yellow flowers that produce fuzzy dark red fruits in fall and into winter. This plant is another outstanding red fall color characteristic too.

Three-Leaved Sumac, or “Skunkbrush”

This strong shrub with arching branches and glossy green three-parted leaves contains  small pretty yellow flowers before it’s leaves and natural reddish hairy edible fruits that alter into our beloved Autumn colors.

Fall Time in Colorado SpringsGolden Currant Shrub

Tolerant across a wide variety of conditions, this plant has some pretty cool yellow clove-scented flowers in late spring, but then change to orange and then deep red in the Fall. These also have yellow to black fruit as well, that attracts an even more colorful array of birds to your yard.

“Red-Twig” / “Red-Osier” Dogwood

This native medium-sized tree is adaptable to both plains and montane environments. It has a gorgeous red stem in winter, flat, white flower clusters followed by white to blue fruits attractive in the Spring, and yellow to red fall color leaves to complete the look.

Pumpkin Vines

These perfect Autumn-themed plants not only grow like crazy, they produce the beautiful orange pumpkin fruit that are the typical Fall objects used for decorations, Halloween activities and the source all thing PSL.

Contact Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Designs today for more pumpkin spice and Fall additions to your Colorado Springs landscape. Contact our experts today!

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The Benefits of Having a Drip Irrigation System

The Benefits of Having a Drip Irrigation System

We’re sure you have all heard of a drip irrigation system by now, especially since we all live in this precarious Colorado state of uncertain weather patterns! So, of course, those of us who are passionate about our flower garden or backyard lawn are very diligent when it comes to keeping everything healthy and alive during the warmer months. But what is the best solution to keeping our yards healthy while still respecting local water regulations at the same time? Well, that would be a drip irrigation system.

What is a Drip Irrigation System?

The concept of drip irrigation systems is actually pretty simple. This relatively new irrigation technique essentially has tiny holes inserted at various points along a hose line that is placed within your flower bed or tree line. This almost invisible line allows small quantities of water to trickle slowly into the soil over long periods of time, instead of a consistent, heavy flow of a full sprinkler system that you have to manually set. The consistent dripping effect of this irrigation service not only saves water, it’s also a less maintained way of keeping your garden or yard alive and well in Colorado Springs.

Drip Irrigation SystemsAs we all know, especially during our summer months, our state constantly comes in and out of a drought status. As damp as Colorado weather can be sometimes, we are still prone to being very dry and even have a high fire warning at times as well. So water consumption, especially in our residential areas, has always had a tight regulation on it. This is precisely why many HOA’s suggest a drip irrigation system instead of a full on, old school, sprinkler system.

The disadvantage of sprinkler systems unfortunately comes with just how this watering solution is setup. Sprinklers often waste quite a bit of water, not only from just how sprinklers work, but also owing some of the wastefulness to evaporation of the spray droplets as they fly through the air. This was an initial watering idea that was ingenious at the time, but now with our steeper regulations and enhancements in technology, sprinkler systems have simply become out of touch with this times. Drip irrigation systems use way less water when they are on because they are applied directly where the plants need it most and nowhere else. The creation of a drip watering system has greatly decreased the wastefulness of water by quite a bit, aiding in achieving both state regulations and decreases in personal utility bills as well.

Whether your garden is ornamental or food-producing, or you just love your aspen line on your back fence, a drip irrigation system can be used with equal success. This is a great addition to your Colorado Springs luxury landscape design that lasts for years and keeps you both secure with your monthly water bill and in line with state drought regulations. Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design is a Colorado Springs landscaper who not only can create a stunning new high-end landscape for your home, but also install a drip irrigation system for you as well. Give our friendly team a call today and start saving on your water consumption with our effective drip irrigation services. Book a consultation now!

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Colorado’s Monsoon Season is Here – What Does That Mean for Your Colorado Springs Landscape Design?

Colorado’s Monsoon Season is Here – What Does That Mean for Your Colorado Springs Landscape Design?

July & August is typically Colorado’s “monsoon season,” which usually brings our beautiful state a significant portion of annual precipitation. But like everything else that has occurred and still occurring in 2020, this year is looking oddly dry, which spells bad news for growing drought concerns, and ultimately your home’s landscape as well.

So what is a Monsoon?

Monsoon's and your Landscape DesignPeople hear the term “monsoon” and almost instantly associate it with something extreme, like a hurricane or typhoon. This is not the case. In reality, a monsoon is simply a “switch in the wind pattern that brings moisture to the usually dry desert southwest.” Running roughly from June 15th to September 30th each year, the North American monsoon, also known as a NAM, is a “seasonal wind shift that brings a stream of moisture from the Gulf of California into the typically dry and arid southwestern United States.” This major alteration in mother nature brings daily summer thunderstorms with heavy rain, lightning, and the even sometimes hail or flash flooding. So in other words, a monsoon is just a timeframe where Colorado Springs receives an extensive amount of moisture/rain than any other time of year. We are smack dab in the middle “monsoon season” right now.

So how does this effect your stunning luxury landscape design?

One of the neat things about monsoon season, or monsoon driven thunderstorms, is how these storms pretty much occur around the same time every day for multiple days in a row. You can typically set your alarms for early afternoons in Colorado Springs to see those dark clouds begin to climb over the mountains. Now, depending on what your backyard or front yards have within their landscaping design, that will depend on if this season is profitable or detrimental to your own home. Either way, it’s important to be prepared for what is coming your way so you can not only alter your daily routine, but also help prep your garden or luxury landscape are for the craziness to come.

Predictions for the 2020 Monsoon Season

Unfortunately, Colorado is over 75 percent abnormally dry right now, including about 30 percent of our landscape being in extreme drought; this year’s monsoon season is quite critical. This means, of course, fire season should be a temperamental time for our residents. But, with monsoon season now here, we can only hope the influx of rain helps bridge this gap! Our Colorado Springs landscapes, including all pretty little flower or veggie gardens, all backyard BBQ or fire pits and even the outdoor kitchen design areas, will all be affected by this season in different ways. You know our flowers, trees and shrubs will all thrive off of the extensive amount of moisture that these monsoons bring, but of course, it’ll limit our time spent in our backyard with friends enjoying our backyard kitchen. So there are pros and cons to both, depending on what your own landscape includes, but it’s important to at least be aware of what weather is coming our way. “The North American monsoon is one of our last hopes for decent summer rains before overall drier conditions move in for Fall and Winter, but unless the forecasts change it might not have the impact Coloradans hope for.”

Call Bella

If you’re looking for a local landscaping company to perform a quick maintenance service in your yard, or you’re looking for help on winter plans for your landscape, give the experts here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Design a call today! We are here to assist in any way possible to make sure this monsoon season doesn’t destroy everything you’ve worked so hard on! Call now for a consultation!

Summer Garden Design Ideas for Your Colorado Springs Home

Summer Garden Design Ideas for Your Colorado Springs Home

During our sunny and warm days of summer here in Colorado Springs, there’s plenty to do in our gardens. With a bit of planning and some professional landscaping help, you can make the best use of your time by prioritizing what needs to be done in your own yard this year. Whether you have had the luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino create your home’s garden or not, we have some clever garden ideas for you to try out this Summer when it comes to restructuring or just maintaining your beautiful garden. Aside from those normally scheduled chores on your to-do list to keep your local garden in tip top shape, we wanted to also give you some new ideas to maybe add a little more flavor to your current outdoor oasis if you were looking for an update! Our luxury garden landscapers will have you enjoying your home that much more this and actually stop to smell the roses once and a while. Grill up some dinner, invite some friends over, relax and enjoy your outdoor oasis with the new summer garden design ideas:

To give you a simple jump start with your new garden ideas, here are some of the most popular garden styles that are currently trending this year for you to possibly run with!

GARDEN STYLES Colorado Springs Garden Ideas

  • JAPANESE GARDENS
  • MODERN GARDENS
  • MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS
  • ENGLISH & COTTAGE GARDENS
  • TROPICAL GARDENS
  • DESERT GARDENS
  • ECO-FRIENDLY GARDENS

Now, if just a style idea isn’t quite enough to get you motivated to update your own garden, let’s outline some newer ideas that many current Colorado Springs residents, and actually homeowners all across the US, are currently utilizing. Instead of running with a complete tone or mood to a garden layout, why not pick and choose some ideas here and there that mesh to fit your personal home’s style!

To start, be sure to keep in mind our current climate and state’s particular needs so you can create not just a beautiful garden, but a sustainable garden. Take them or leave them, but below are some of the top Summer garden landscape choices our luxury landscape designers gathered for you:

  • Be waterwise – Use mulch or rock beds with organic matter to suppress weeds and help retain moisture while using drip irrigation when possible
  • Think big – While our local weather is sunny and warm, summer is the perfect time to tackle major projects, like new concrete for a patio, new waterfalls or addressing drainage issues so you can get those more time-consuming items completed while the days are warmer.
  • Keep it cool – Think of ways to cool off your yard, like by planting a tree to cover your patio or placing a fountain near your patio for a cooling evaporation effect
  • Add colorful containers – Keep annual containers looking their best with regular watering, fertilizing, deadheading, and replacing tire-looking plants with new, vibrant ones.
  • Mix things up – Don’t be afraid to combine edibles with ornamentals! Different colored lettuces make attractive edging along a pathway instead of your typical shrubbery.
  • Keep pollinators happy – Insects and hummingbirds are crucial for pollination of all types of plants, so be sure to include a selection of native Colorado plants that can bloom over the growing season and keep that attraction of wildlife present in your yard.
  • Freshen your deck – Aside from hosing down your patio or deck areas occasionally to keep all surfaces looking crisp and clean, switch out pillows or cushions and move containers around for a fresh, updated look.
  • Make a list – Make a list of what needs to be divided or replaced, take a few snapshots as a visual reminder, and provide yourself a structured to-do list for the summertime.
  • Search for inspiration – Visit the botanical gardens in Denver or even venture around some Colorado Springs public parks like Red Rocks to get new and improved design ideas and inspiration for your home!

Get a New Garden Today!

It’s always fun to set aside some time during the summer to maintain, reorganize or even renovate your entire front or backyard. We are one of the top states in America that has the most amount of sunny days per year, so take advantage of our beautiful sunny skies and warm evenings this year and get to work on your garden designs. If you are looking to do a larger overhaul this year, give our luxurious garden designers here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design today to book a free consultation. There’s a reason ‘garden design’ is in our name, so give us a call today to experience a truly caring landscape firm in Colorado Springs.

Wonderous Walkways

Wonderous Walkways

Walkways or pathways are an essential connecting piece to any style of landscape design. Walkway landscaping has become a necessity for many Colorado Springs homes in order to easily access all areas of your yard, as well as adding character to your landscape too. Walkways, also known as pathways, used to only be utilized as an accessway from your front yard to your backyard, and that’s it.  Why not incorporate a design aspect to your walkways to make it just another part of your new landscape design? Don’t let them just be a secondary thought; include them in your landscape design or redesign to allow your outdoor living space flow more naturally. The best pathway designs include both function and beauty, so here’s some luxurious walkway design ideas from your favorite local landscapers here at Bella Giardino!

  • Landscaping Walkways Personalize your Walkways: the 2020 trend for almost every hobby out there is to think outside the box, landscaping included. Create a unique pathway design that maybe mixes asphalt, concrete, stone and rock that catches your eye!
  • Go all Natural: the “au natural” look is definitely in this year. Homeowners are now gravitating towards natural slabs containing only natural materials, not the man-made stuff anymore. Especially with our Colorado weather, staying away from those faux pathway materials is going to be your best option. Plus, who doesn’t love natural colors?!
  • Minimalism: Grey, earth tones, minimalist designs are all here to stay for modern landscape design ideas. Go for the low-maintenance concept but with a strong touch of class and sophistication the modern era is known for!
  • Work with Texture: Those tempting textures for pathways are undoubtedly eye candy to not only your landscape’s overall flow, but also your feet as well. Feel your landscape as you venture through your beautiful garden or backyard kitchen design.

A walkway or pathway design in landscaping can capture the eye of neighbors, guests and onlookers alike just gazing at your home’s eloquent yard flow. Connect your front yard water feature to your backyard outdoor fireplace with ease and allow anyone present to feel like they are in a luxurious palace. If a new walkway is in your 2020 future, give our luxury landscape designers here at Bella Giardino Landscape & Garden Design a call today to schedule a free consultation. That’s right, our team of Colorado Springs locals are open to discuss your dream yard during COVID over the phone, with the respect of social distancing. Start your home’s well-deserved outdoor upgrade to improve our current state of living and brighten your year while working from home. Don’t wait, call us today to get moving on your home’s new modern walkway addition!

11 Stunning Outdoor Fireplace and Kitchen Ideas That Will Get You Outside More!

11 Stunning Outdoor Fireplace and Kitchen Ideas That Will Get You Outside More!

We live in one of the most beautiful states in the nation, with our endless blue skies, towering snow capped mountains and stunning fall colored trees that makes any property here in the Springs a dream come true. Even though most of us Coloradans don’t need an excuse to get outside more, why not give yourself just another entertaining juncture to cook all meals outside at your own home. Our luxury landscapers here at Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design have several downright drool-worthy outdoor kitchen design and outdoor fireplace ideas that will give you the final inspiration you need to give your backyard a facelift. Renew your Colorado Springs backyard with these 11 high-end outdoor living designs:

Fire Pit

A fire pit just outside your outdoor kitchen adds a cozy element to an already relaxing area, making the space a destination for late evenings as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Outdoor Fireplace

Similar to a fire pit, an outdoor fireplace lends a sense of warm comfort to an outdoor kitchen space, especially during those colder Colorado winter nights. Consider adding a fireplace if you’re aiming to bring the indoors out and give your family the perfect night cap seating area.

Outdoor Fireplace & KitchenPizza Oven

Who doesn’t want their very own homemade pizza kitchen outside?! If you enjoy making homemade pizzas with your family and friends, this idea is definitely for you. Add your very own pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen to make pizza a regular thing in your household.

Comfy Seating + Bar

Do you plan on having guests over for those warm summer nights? Or plan to craft more cocktails than meals for your friends this Fall? Add an outdoor bar to your backyard that becomes the main focus of your outdoor kitchen for those party nights.

Elaborate Grilling Station

Attention all Colorado grill-masters: this is your time to shine! Add all the bells and whistles available for grilling stations that you’ve always wanted to your stunning outdoor kitchen design. Get each appliance and grilling necessity you’ve always wanted in one place.

Bar + Grill Combo

You can’t go wrong with the classic bar and grill combo. Adding a bar and grill to your outdoor living space gives yet another perfect entertaining area for your friends and family. Even add the typical barstool seating look to your kitchen to create that casual hangout spot for everyone.

Pool House + Kitchen Combo

Also ideal for entertaining, having a pool house and outdoor kitchen right next to it is a  beautiful combination that creates a space where adults and kids can simultaneously gather. We understand that not all Colorado Springs homes have room for a pool, but for those who do, this is a great option!

Outdoor TV(s) & Entertainment Area

For all of your sports fanatics out there, or even religious Bachelor fans that need an upgraded meet up viewing space, implementing an entrainment area including large screens within your outdoor kitchen will have your friends begging to come over for the big game or new episode!

Outdoor Kitchen & BarLuxurious Pergola

Create a touch of shade with a classical pergola near your outdoor fireplace. A pergola provides a perfect overhead fixture to mount ambiance lighting for those stunning orange and purple Fall sunsets.

Vent Hood

If your current outdoor kitchen has a partial enclosure or roof covering it, it’s a good idea to install a hood to properly vent out all smoke and odors ass needed while cooking all those delicious meals. Keep your family safe and your home safe with an elegant vent hood.

Dining Area

With an outdoor fireplace or outdoor kitchen obviously comes a dining area. Simply adding a luxurious outdoor dining room table and eating area, your outdoor kitchen can make your dining needs a breeze. Cook and eat in the same area!

When designing an outdoor space, our team of luxury landscape designers think personalization is the key to happy customers. This is especially true for firepits, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens alike. Our team of professional Colorado Springs landscape designers allow you to work with them and design your own personal preferences with your particular lifestyle in mind. We want you to get the most out of your open yard space so we are simply here to implement, you are the one who will be the true designers.

Now that you have some more elaborate and luxurious outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace addition ideas, start brainstorming what your home could look like this year. Add piece by piece or complete a full reconstruction, that’s completely up to you! Just know that Bella Giardino Landscape and Garden Design has your back with whatever you need. Book a consultation with us today to see if one of the above ideas will fit your home’s layout! Call today!