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jeremylico
Mar 28, 2015 9:14 AM CST
What are some recommendations for flowers (maybe bulbs) that it wouldn't be too late to put in ground now in Montrose area that can provide good color to our yard
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abhege
Mar 28, 2015 12:04 PM CST
Welcome! jeremylico. Do you know your zone? I know you said you live in Montrose, but I don't know where that is.

jeremylico
Mar 28, 2015 1:37 PM CST
Never mind. Thought this was a local site
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abhege
Mar 28, 2015 2:10 PM CST
There are probably members here who live in your area that may be able to help you. We have friendly, knowledgable members who are always willing to help. What state at least?

jeremylico
Mar 28, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Colorado Western slope. Montrose Colorado
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abhege
Mar 28, 2015 2:54 PM CST
Zone 5a it looks like. I don't know if there are other special conditions that affect your planting. I don't know of any bulbs that can be planted in your zone right now. Hopefully someone will join in who is more familiar with your area.
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Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 28, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Welcome! Hurray!
There is an active botanical society in your town: http://www.montrosegardens.org/2010/08/montrose-botanical-so...
You can visit the Montrose Botanic Gardens for free. http://www.montrosegardens.org/
For local information you could check there.

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jeremylico
Mar 28, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Thank you
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greene
Mar 28, 2015 5:05 PM CST
Okay, we're ready for the photos of the space where you want to bring color. Think of these as the 'Before' photos; they don't have to be beautiful, just so we can get some idea of the area, sun/shade, slope, existing plantings like trees/shrubs, etc. What color flowers make your eyes happy? Some folks like to plant to attract butterflies or hummingbirds, etc.

Off hand I would suggest planting some annuals for quick color while you wait for the perennials and bulbs to mature and bloom.

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Weedwhacker
Mar 28, 2015 6:51 PM CST
@Jeremylico -- welcome to All Things Plants!

Do you have a well-prepared site for planting your bulbs? If not, you may want to learn from my mistakes, and work up an area and plant annuals for now, improve the soil, eliminate weeds, and so on, and then plant bulbs somewhere down the road a bit... many things, such as daffodils, are best planted in the fall.

On the other hand... if you are in zone 5, as I am (supposedly, at least, although I think we're more like 4b), you could certainly plant some "tender" bulbs now (which you would have to dig in the fall and store over the winter), which is basically the same as growing annuals. Gladiolus, dahlias, caladiums and cannas come to mind here.

I hope you have a great gardening season!! Smiling
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