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Four fall tips to brighten your landscape   

  by  Catherine M.  on  9/9/2019

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' (3).jpgAfter Labor Day, many landscapes may look dull, especially if most of the flowering plants bloom in early summer. Fortunately, September is a wonderful month to add a few more plants to your landscape. The soil is warm and the air temperatures have cooled, making it an ideal time for rapid root growth. By adding a few fall-interest plants, you’ll have a yard you can enjoy year-round. Here are four tips to help your landscape look amazing during the pleasant fall months:

1. Add plants with vibrant fall color. Since most of our native plants’ leaves simply turn yellow or brown, Colorado doesn’t have the same fall color show compared to the eastern United States. We can add plants to our yard that provide a much wider palette of fall leaf color, ranging from bright red, to stunning orange, to deep gold. Some water-wise plants with great fall color include

Visit our demonstration garden during September to help you learn which plants look their best in autumn. Our garden is known throughout the state for having a beautiful tapestry of fall color and winter interest.

2. Capitalize on the beauty of ornamental grasses. Grasses reach their full glory in late summer and fall. Plant a few amongst your trees, shrubs and flowers, to offset the plants that have already bloomed. Some of our favorite water-wise ornamental grasses include

They stay attractive all winter and are low-water, low-maintenance plants.

3. Don’t forget about fall bloomers. While most plants bloom in spring and summer, there are a few that look incredible in fall. Consider adding

Not only do they have striking flowers, but they come back year after year, unlike the mums you see in the store.

4. Water consistently – but cut back how often you water as the weather cools. Your lawn and landscape plants need consistent water while the weather is warm during the day. As the overall temperatures cool, you can reduce your irrigation to once or twice per week. By keeping your plants hydrated as they go dormant, you’ll prevent winter kill next spring.

By taking these steps to improve your landscape’s fall appearance, you’ll be able to enjoy the mild autumn weather in your yard before the cold weather arrives.

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Thansk for the tips!

Thursday, September 12, 2019  6:51 AM  Forest Townsley