Landscape Inspiration

2013 Landscape Inspirations

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

I was at the Progreen Expo this week to check up on the latest trends and newest products to enhance our outdoor spaces.  I am itching to play in the dirt… My favorite new product I came across was metal panels from Parasoleil.  I can imagine all kinds of fun things to do with these panels, overhead, screening panels for a hot tub, or panels along a deck railing. There are some fun new options in ceramic pottery… Interesting Evergreens… And for those who can’t dig in the dirt yet, a new HGTV show featuring great annual plant combinations for pots featuring our local grower Botany Lane Greenhouses…I love their new brand label! And last...

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2013 Drought will Persisit: What’s a Gardener to do?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Landscape Inspiration, Xeriscape & More | 0 comments

A new year prompts us to reflect on the year past and look forward to the new, and that is what I do for my garden too.  In 2012 Colorado experienced severe drought and devastating fires.  According to the National Weather Service in Boulder Colorado, the Drought will persist through 2013.  At my home in Loveland, we received less that 9″ of precipitation for the year in 2012. So whats a gardener to do?  Here are 3 things you can do now to prepare for the season ahead. Evaluate:  Take some time to evaluate how your garden is working for you or not, and identify problem areas or plants.  I have developed a Site Inventory and Planning Worksheet to help walk...

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Tis the Season…Time to Winter Water

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Caring for Your Landscape, Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

What a festive reminder to winter water our gardens in Colorado. This season has been exceptionally dry and warm and we are likely to stay in drought according to the NOAA’s climate prediction center. Our intense sun and drying winds coupled with drought make supplemental water crucial for our plants especially our conifers and broadleaf evergreens to survive and thrive. Here are some Fall and Winter Watering Guidelines water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before freezing at night soak to a depth of about 12″ around the drip line of the tree or shrub water about once per month if we...

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If Rocks Could Talk

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

Happy Valentines Day!  I wonder if the person placing this rock on the wall was thinking the same thing, maybe a surprise to a special person in years gone by….. This interesting rock is found on the side of an old cistern on a friends property near New Braunfels, Texas (my old stomping grounds).  The property was part of a large ranch probably in the early 1900’s and the cistern collected water and pumped via a windmill to storage tanks, and on to water troughs probably to provide water to goats.  Hidden and over grown, these rocks tell a story of days of old. So… if rocks could talk what do you think this one would...

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Colorado Progreen 2012 – Trends for the new year

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

Progreen always marks the beginning of the season for me, and gets me excited for opportunities to inspire you and to share ways to spend time in the beautiful outdoors. This outdoor fireplace and pizza oven comes already assembled from Belgard, or can be custom made to your specifications. Ideas to incorporate might be a courtyard with pavers, a seating wall, or a water feature. Then there are the trendy colors…Tangerine Tango.  This Yucca is not only beautiful, it is drought tolerant and attracts the hummingbirds to your garden. Native plants are the in thing, our Gumbo Lily or Tufted Evening Primrose is a Colorado native that blooms in the evening, is scented...

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Color for the Garden – Tangerine Tango 2012

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Landscape Inspiration, Welcoming Wildlife | 0 comments

Signs of spring just around the corner, I have been pouring over plant catalogs and devouring inspirational garden blogs.  I came across a post about the Pantone 2012 upcoming color for the year and it stopped me in my tracks…Tangerine Tango…hmm… bright orange Now at first thought, bright orange is not my favorite color, you won’t find this color hanging around in my closet.  But as my thoughts often do, they rambled on and I realized that many of my favorite plants I was including for an upcoming presentation; It’s a Bird…Its a Bee…Its Biodiversity – Welcoming Wildlife to Your Colorado Garden, were bright orange.  A...

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