Plant Selections for Colorado

Asked April 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

I recently moved to Longmont, Colorado from Springfield, Missouri. I realize there is a huge difference in climates and would like to make smart choices with selecting appropriate vegetables to grow in my yard. Can you give me any lists of recommended vegetables (or links to websites) and specific vegetable varieties which are proven by master gardeners to grow well out here? Also, do you have any lists for flowers which are either indigenous to this area or else well adapted to Colorado?

Thanks so much,
Chris

Boulder County Colorado gardening horticulture

2 Responses

Hi, Chris, There is a wealth of wonderful information and resources on CSU's Extension Service Website, which may be worth getting familiar with: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/index.html Here are some specific Fact Sheets and Garden Notes that hopefully help with your specific inquiry, although I want to mention that your specific site, including the aspect, light, drainage, and soil (including the type of prior landscaping/use) will dictate what will do well : For flowers, try these Fact sheet: “Native Herbaceous Perennials for Colorado Landscapes” http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07242.html Xeriscaping: Perennials and Annual Flowers http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07231.html A great resource for plants that grow well in Colorado is the “Sample Planting Guide”, which includes a wonderful table of different plant types and when to plant, spacing, etc.: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/721.pdf Here are some more resources to help get started in gardening in Colorado: Colorado Gardening: Challenges to Newcomers http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07220.html Soil Amendments (the guidelines here can be QUITE different from other states!): http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/241.pdf Vegetable Planting Guide: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/720.pdf Irrigating the Vegetable Garden: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/714.pdf Water Conservation in the Vegetable Garden: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/716.pdf Block Style Layout: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/713.pdf A really important and unique thing common in Colorado is highly alkaline soils(in addition to high winds, dry climate and other challenges.) The types of soil amendments and fertilizers therefore differ significantly. It’s worth considering getting a soil test done for each unique area of your yard. You can send in soil samples for CSU to analyze and provide a report with recommendations on fertilizer, amendments, etc. for $31/sample. Here is the link for that: http://www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu/ I hope this information helps. Feel free to contact us to discuss any further questions. With a little bit more information about your site, soil, sun, slope/aspect, we may be able to provide more specific information. Welcome to Colorado and good luck with your new garden!

Hi, Chris, I'm sorry if this is a duplicate email. In using our web service to respond, I think I accidentally hit 'send' prior to completing the email! Please disregard any prior response to this inquiry. There is a wealth of wonderful information and resources on CSU's Extension Service Website, which may be worth getting familiar with: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/index.html Here are some specific Fact Sheets and Garden Notes that hopefully help with your specific inquiry, although I want to mention that your specific site, including the aspect, light, drainage, and soil (including the type of prior landscaping/use) will dictate what will do well : For flowers, try these Fact sheet: “Native Herbaceous Perennials for Colorado Landscapes” http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07242.html Xeriscaping: Perennials and Annual Flowers http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07231.html A great resource for plants that grow well in Colorado is the “Sample Planting Guide”, which includes a wonderful table of different plant types and when to plant, spacing, etc.: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/721.pdf Here are some more resources to help get started in gardening in Colorado: Colorado Gardening: Challenges to Newcomers http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07220.html Soil Amendments (the guidelines here can be QUITE different from other states!): http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/241.pdf Vegetable Planting Guide: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/720.pdf Irrigating the Vegetable Garden: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/714.pdf Water Conservation in the Vegetable Garden: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/716.pdf Block Style Layout: http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/713.pdf A really important and unique thing common in Colorado is highly alkaline soils(in addition to high winds, dry climate and other challenges.) The types of soil amendments and fertilizers therefore differ significantly. It’s worth considering getting a soil test done for each unique area of your yard. You can send in soil samples for CSU to analyze and provide a report with recommendations on fertilizer, amendments, etc. for $31/sample. Here is the link for that: http://www.soiltestinglab.colostate.edu/ I hope this information helps. Feel free to contact us to discuss any further questions. With a little bit more information about your site, soil, sun, slope/aspect, we may be able to provide more specific information. Welcome to Colorado and good luck with your new garden! Regards, Joanne Keys, Volunteer