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A Denver Landscape Designer’s Insights Into Designing A Perennial Garden

As a Denver landscape contractor and landscape designer with over 12 years experience in a landscaping services company I’ve come to understand that designing a perennial garden is not a hard and fast science, and each garden needs slightly different attention.

Landscape design: Perennial gardens

This is especially true in Colorado where the weather conditions can be highly variable, and so extra planning and care is needed.

When designing a perennial garden one should look to the services of a landscaping services company, at least for ideas. As these are professionals and they will be able to give you great advice and update you on trends. Gardening is not a static activity, and practices change as the ecosystem does.  If you were to speak to experienced gardeners it is likely that they will tell you the environment has changed significantly over time. As environments change the practices and plants that gardeners use change too. It is simple adaptation.

For the most impressive results and satisfaction in your garden one should approach the task like a professional landscape designer and adapt what they plant to the season. Each season has its own beautiful and unique flowers; therefore a serious gardener should take advantage of this. Obviously with Colorado Front Range weather there is no winter flowering, and so perennial gardens should be designed around spring, summer and fall plants.

Spring to early summer: This is the first blossom of the season and many argue the most beautiful. This might be from the bright colors or from the lack of seeing the beauty of plants in months. No matter what the reason spring plants are definitely very popular amongst enthusiasts. Typically one should design their garden to have spring plants coming up around the three week window between the end of April and the middle of May. This way your plants life cycle is in sync with the season and the plants will have flowered or developed properly by the time June comes and it is time for summer plants. Popular spring plants are daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and crocus bulbs/

Summer: Summer plants typically last the two months from June to July and take off where the spring plants leave. These include Irises, day lilies, columbines, speedwells, poppies, daises and coneflowers. Summer plants are really attractive and have a great smell, this is because they use nectar and scent to allow bees to help with air pollination. So your perennial garden will smell fantastic during summer.

Fall: Fall plants will typically be in the period from August until winter. Some of the most attractive and interesting are asters, mums, primroses, blanket flowers, yarrows etc.

When designing perennial beds a layout needs to be considered. Keep a close eye on the spacing of plants and the light conditions in your planting area. Placing the plants strategically will allow for maximum light absorption and growth. It will also mean that more nutrients are going into the growth of your plants.

If you have questions or concerns it is best to consult a qualified landscape designer who can easily spot potential problems and help you to get the most enjoyment from your efforts.