The Q&A Archives: Plants for Colorado

Question: We have just moved to Colorado (Denver area) and would like to plant shrubs in front of our townhome. What type of shrubs will take the cold? also, when can we plant bulbs? Thank you

Answer: Small shrubs, those five feet or less when mature, which are good choices for Denver include Peking cotoneaster, redtwig and yellowtwig dogwood, buckthorn, buffaloberry, elderberry, lilac, Siberian peashrub, staghorn sumac, mountain mahogany and several viburnums. You might also consider evergreen shrubs including arborvitae, several types of spreading juniper, mugo pines and many different dwarf conifers. Broadleaf evergreen shrubs include mentor barberry, Oregon grape holly, curleaf mountain mahogany, pyracantha, Sarcoxie and Manhattan euonymus. Bulbs can be planted in September in your new gardening region. Enjoy your landscape!

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