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Colorado Spring Blooms

Posted on 07 March 2011

Eagar to jump-start Spring? You have several choices to consider when planting Spring blooms.  Several spring blooms can be planted inside and transferred by pot or transplanted into soil outdoors fairly soon. Consider pansies, primrose, crocus, daffodil, scilla, lilies and  allium for your early to rise Spring options.  Many have bright colors and work well together in a pot and will flourish when brought outdoors as temperatures rise.

 Pansies can withstand cool temperatures but tend to seek out lots of sun. They are available in an amazing array and pattern or colors.  Primrose has hearty features as well but is only recommended to withstand above freezing temperatures. Crocus; however, are known to be amongst the first to poke through the snow as the sun warms the soil. A high rate of success is often attained with crocus planted from bulbs. Crocuses produce small, cup-shaped blooms in white, yellow, purple, and variegated colors and are one of the earliest bloomers in spring. They are best planted in large groups for charming effect, in sunny areas. They can be planted among rocks, along walkways or hillsides. They do not do well in damp soil.

Spring-flowering daffodils chase away winter blahs. The hardy, deer-resistant plants look good both in the yard and as cut flowers. Among common daffodil species are the sweetly fragrant jonquils. For best results, choose large, firm, healthy-looking bulbs.

 Scilla produces charming, tiny bell-shaped blooms on stems about 6 to 8 inches high that emerge in early spring. Plant in fall before hard frost occurs. Bulbs should be planted 3 to 4 inches deep, about 4 inches apart. Plant in groups for delicate groups of light blue flowers. Scilla thrives in a variety of light conditions.

Lilies are available in several types and in colors ranging from white and yellow to deep red. While lilies are perennial, some do not survive Colorado’s winters. To test hardiness of a particular lily, dig a portion of the plants and pack the rhizomes in sawdust, perlite or vermiculite. Store the rhizomes in a frost-free location during the winter. Replant the stored lilies in the spring. The plants remaining in the garden should be heavily mulched to avoid winter kill. Plant the lilies to a depth three times the height of the bulb. Easter lilies can also be planted into Colorado gardens with varied success.

Allium is a member of the onion family, but these plants are very ornamental and showy. Plants vary in height, and flowers can range from two to ten inches in diameter. Dwarf species thrive in rock gardens, and taller species enhance larger gardens. Allium flowers are ball-shaped and consist of many tiny florets in hues of white, yellow and blue. These bulbs make great cut flowers that last for a long period of time; flower heads can also be left to dry on the plant and later cut for dried arrangements. While alliums do not need to be dug from the ground after frost, be sure to mulch the bulbs well to ensure winter survival.

Many gardeners are plotting out their planting options for Spring and you can join them with a little forethought. Getting a large clay pot and spacing out your individual plant choices is a great way to get started. Considering varying colors, textures and heights when potting your spring blooms. These early collections can make a nice gift that will last thought summer for a special person in your life. Othewise, waiting until after the last frost is optimal for any outdoor planting.

Written by, Janine Buchal, March 2011

2 responses to Colorado Spring Blooms

  • KIM B says:

    Nice to be dreaming ahead to Spring flowers in the middle of this deep freeze! Thanks for the reminder that Spring days are just ahead!

  • Mikka says:

    Due to the warm weather conditions you can see a lot of blooming tall bearded iris at bos´s place, the iris4u iris garden. on their website they set the opening date to 5th May, so maybe we meet there soon.
    Iris Garden is located 2700 W. Amherst Avenue Denver, CO 80236

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