Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Fall, to better conditions for establishing plants, and to Harlequin’s Gardens 2012 Fall Plant Sale.
This is a good planting time because plants are sending their energies and nutrients to their roots, because temperatures are cooler and, hopefully, rainfall will be more plentiful. Fall is also a more pleasant time to do planting, soil building, and fertilizing. Some books say we shouldn’t fertilize after the middle of July, but that rule only applies to chemical fertilizers. Because organic fertilizers are naturally slow releasing, they do not force fast, soft growth, and they feed the soil and plants over a 4-6 month period. Both plant and animal waste composts nourish the soil organisms which digest raw materials and minerals into plant-available forms, increase the nutritional value of plants, and with fertilizers, help fruit trees and berry bushes to set fruit buds for next year’s crop.
We will again be offering organic cool-season veggie starts: lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, chard etc. As interest grows in this opportunity to grow more food, our selection will increase. We will have potted rosemary and basils you can grow indoors.
AND now is an ideal time to plant meadow mixes and cover-crops. This fall we will have 5 different meadow mixes and 3 different cover crop seeds. In September and October we will have hardy and water-thrifty bulbs with an emphasis on shorter and species varieties. AND, of course, we have a very good selection of healthy perennials, shrubs, native wildflowers and shrubs; hardy, sustainable roses, trees, ornamental grasses, vines and herbs. Our great selection of water-wise plants will give your gardens and landscapes endurance and beauty even as the planet warms and water becomes more expensive.
When you shop at Harlequin’s Gardens, you are not only getting successful plants and organic soil amendments, you are supporting a company that for 20 years has made sustainability our bottom line. Because we source our plants and products from mostly local suppliers and because our fertilizers and pest management products are not made from petroleum, your purchases contribute far less to greenhouse gases that help to create the climate changes we are seeing and not seeing.
So please come to our Fall Sale. See page 4 for details and the schedule. ALSO on page 4 are details of our first-ever Winter Hours, when we will be open in December for gardeners’ gifts, and in March to help you prepare a great organic garden.
Here is a taste of some of the great plants available at our Fall Sale
NATIVES: Native plants are adapted to dramatic ups and downs of weather and drought. They support local pollinators & birds and help create a successful western landscape
Native Gayfeather-Liatris punctata: Totally drought tolerant butterfly magnet, purplish-pink spikes of flowers in the heat of late summer; 12”-16”; great addition for your meadow
Spiderwort-Tradescantia occidentalis- 3-petalled blue flower, local prairie forb, xeric
Desert Four O’Clock-Mirabilis multiflora: lavender trumpet-flowers with purple throats in profusion late day/morning, attracts hummingbirds; 12”x36”+; fabulous xeriscape plant
Asclepias tuberosa-striking orange-flowered Butterfly Weed, 24” high, xeric, attracts Bflies
Lithospermum multiflorum-Bldr Co.native, 6”x10” with yellow bells, from local seed
Chocolate Flower-yellow daisies with dark eye smell like chocolate, xeric, 12”x24”+
Eriogonum ‘Kannah Creek’-Sulfur Flower, yellow pom-poms, burgundy fall color, xeric
Eriogonum jamesii-local, silvery foliage, light yellow pom-poms, xeric mat, very tough
Yellow Evening Primrose-‘Silver Blade’-very silvery leaves, gold flowers, xeric in clay
Pitcher Sage-stunning blue flowers in summer on 6’ plants, great with rabbitbrush, xeric
Bee Balm-Monarda fistulosa-rosy-lavender flowers, for butterflies, hummers, bees & teas
Penstemons: xeric and colorful in blues and reds & many forms: Penstemon: arenicola, aridus, barbatus Elfin Pink & coccineus, secundiflorus-local violet pink, mensarum-bright blue, linarioides-mat, eatonii-hummingbird heaven, pseudospectabilis-electric pink, strictus-durable purple, rostriflorus-orange-red (excellent), alpinus, cyanathus, palmeri, etc
Plus: Pussytoes, Wallflower, Wild Grape, Compass Plant, Purple Loco Weed, Lupine etc
HERBS: useful wild/tough plants that have followed humans thru centuries of adversity to provide flowers, flavors, medicines & other benefits like fiber and support for pollinators
Lavenders– 24” tough hardy Country Lavender, 16” dark purple Hidcote, Grosso-big & hardy, L. vera-true lavender-old & great, Munstead-hardy & compact; great fragrances
True Comfrey-great medicinal for sores, bones, muscles, and good in composts
Roman Chamomile-ferny foliage, small yellow & white flowers, easy tea for sleep or stress
Bronze Fennel-beautiful xeric ornamental, seeds for digestion, foliage for swallowtail Bflies
Silver Thyme & Lavender Thyme-attractive edging, flavorful & valuable medicinal herb
Valerian-4’tall, white flowers, roots used for insomnia, muscular tension, migraine, etc.
Echinacea-tough species varieties, for building immune system, beautiful coneflowers
SHADE PLANTS: In Colorado many high water, rich soil, acid-loving, eastern woodland plants fail. However these selections are on our success list.
Plumbago- great low-water spreading plant with true blue flowers and red fall color
Campanulas: elatinoides-shade/sun, low growing, low water with small blue bells, tough
C.poscharskyana-lavender bells, C. carpatica-sky blue, & C. trogerae, C. pyramidalis
Geraniums: cantabrigiense & macrorrhizum: tough, beautiful flowers, red winter color; fragrant,dense foliage smothers weeds, unpalatable to deer & rabbits, low water needs
Corsican Viola-very long-blooming purple flowers are edible, self-sowing, low water
Lady’s Mantle-big scalloped leaves, chartreuse flowers glow, women’s herb, low water
Firefly Coralbells-not a fragile boutique variety, red flowers, green foliage, low water
Foxgloves: perennial varieties: pink, red-pink & yellow, beautiful, graceful, deer-proof
Sweet Woodruff-low-water groundcover, white flowers, herb, best grown with shrubs
ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Giant Sacaton & Alkali Sacaton, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama, Muhlenbergii reverchonii-Autumn Embers, Mt. Atlas Fescue (Festuca mairei) etc, etc.
ROSES: Our proven, sustainable own-root roses will be on sale 1) during the Members Sale and 2) Sept 9-15 when they will be 20% off..
Hackberry, Mt. Ash, Adams Crab, May Day Tree, Honeylocust, Autumn Purple Ash Chokecherry, , Arizona Cypress, many hawthorns, Crab Apples, Coyote Willow, Redbud, Dwarf Alberta Spruce ( Plums, Peaches & Cherries available now, but not discounted)
SOIL PRODUCTS-We offer high quality organic fertilizers, organic composts & two very good mulches at reasonable prices. ALSO: Corn Gluten Meal-9% nitrogen winterizer for lawns that also acts as a Non-toxic pre-emergent herbicide, suppressing the germination of weed seeds. Apply in October and again in late February for significant weed control
Hundreds of Shrubs and Perennials-both native and non-native, too many to describe:
Fernbush, Isanti Dogwood, Dwarf Forsythia, Viburnams: juddii, burkwood, dwarf cranberry; Elderberry, American Plum, Rocky Mt. Juniper, Lilacs, Sand Cherry, Spireas, Texas Scarlet Quince, Crimson Pygmy Barberry, Mt. Mahogany, Native Currants
AND Mrs. Bradshaw Geum, Erodium chrysanthum, Coral Canyon Twinspur, Blue Hills and Firewitch Dianthus, Luna Basket of Gold, Catmints: 6 Hills Giant, Walker’s Low, Nepeta faassenii; Dwarf Candytuft, Herniaria glabra, Salvias: Blue Queen, cyanescens, argentea, May Night, daghestanica (Platinum); Max Frei Soapwort, Snow Daisy, etc etc
BULBS: Many of you have been interested in the bulbs you’ve seen blooming in our xeriscape display gardens in April and May, so this fall we will offer small numbers of an interesting selection of bulbs that thrive in our xeriscapes, plus a few more. Many of them are early, short and naturalizing forms of tulips, daffodils, iris, and alliums, Spring Starflower (Ipheion), Saffron Crocus, and even Paperwhites for indoor fragrance in winter AND GARLIC: comes with directions to help you get to a successful harvest.
For example: Narcissus ‘Quail’An outstanding floriferous, fragrant, long-blooming, naturalizing daffodil with up to four golden flowers per 12” – 14” stem in mid-spring. Zone 4. Deer/rodent-proof.
Iris danfordiae, reticulata ‘Harmony’, histrioides ‘George’:These rich yellow, blue or purple miniature iris (4-8” tall) are jewel-like harbingers of spring, Very early, very cold-hardy (Zone 3), deer-resistant, water-wise.
Forcing Narcissus Potted Paperwhites & Grand Soleil d’Or bring intoxicating fragrance to your home in winter, and make wonderful holiday gifts: heavily-scented flowers on up to three stems per bulb.
Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’A 6-8” mid-spring beauty with lilac pink petals and sunny yellow hearts; a great companion to daffodils like ‘Carlton’ or ‘Quail’ .Naturalizes vigorously in xeriscapes, rock gardens; zone 5
Ipheion ‘Rolf Fiedler’SPRING STARFLOWER: A spring gem for dry or moderately watered gardens in shade and part-shade producing a long succession of fragrant starry cobalt blue flowers on 3-6” stems, zone 5
Look on our website in Plants/Bulbs for a complete listing with full descriptions and pictures.
Landscape Consultations: Eve and Mikl are available for consultations year-round. See our website for details. Call 303-939-9403 for rates and to schedule with Mikl, Eve or both. If you schedule a consultation to take place between Nov 1 and Feb 28, we’ll give you 15% off a one-time purchase of plants at Harlequin’s Gardens.
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Special Event: Aug.25 don’t miss A Taste of Tomato: festival & tasting (see www.HarlequinsGardens.com for complete information)
Open: Daily 9-5 and Thursday 9-6 ; October: daily 9-5
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON: OCT 31
Harlequin’s FALL SALE
Sunday, August 26 through Sept 1: MEMBERS SALE: for your special support, you receive our Fall Sale discount a week earlier: 20% off all plants and 25% off books
Sunday, Sept 2 thru 8, the Fall Sale begins for everybody: 15% off most plants except roses. 10% off books & 10% off soil products in big bags. Also the Deep Discount section will be opened.
September 9 thru 15 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs & trees THIS WEEK ONLY 20% off most ROSES And 10% off books and soil products in big bags.
Sept. 16 thru 22 take 30% off all perennials, shrubs and trees and 10% off soil products in big bags. THIS WEEK ONLY: 20% off books
Sept. 23 thru 29 take 35% off perennials, shrubs and trees, and 10% off books and soil products in big bags.
Sept.30 thru Oct. 6 there will be a 40% discount off perennials and shrubs and trees. And 10% off soil products in big bags, 10% off books.
Oct. 7 thru 13, trees, shrubs & perennials will be discounted 50% and fertilizers and soil products will be 20% off.
We will continue to offer these prices every day in October through Oct.31st
NEW ! WINTER HOURS NEW !
In DECEMBER we will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10-4 thru Dec 23
Offering: gift certificates, organic potted basil & rosemary plants to grow indoors, books, soil products, gardening tools, home-made preserves, organic personal care products, bulbs, Eve’s great botanical and landscape watercolor paintings & prints, Garden Gift Baskets, Biodynamic calendars, indoor succulents and air plants and some surprises.
In MARCH by Popular Demand: we will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10-5
Offering: organic composts and fertilizers, mulches, seeds and seed-starting supplies, tools & more. Also check our website for a great Series of Gardening Classes starting in March.