Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Welcome to Autumn and to Harlequin’s Gardens 2021 Fall Plant Sale!
Thank Goodness for our earth and our privilege to grow beauty and food and habitat. Thank you for using your time, energy, and water to capture carbon, give us oxygen and to help support our planet. This is love and compassion and care.
Our Members Sale begins August 24-29. For your special support, members are rewarded with first pick at 20% off all plants (except fruit trees) and 25% off books. Membership is still $20; membership supports Harlequin’s Gardens and has benefits. (Due to the pandemic, all 2020 Members automatically received Membership in 2021.)
Fall Sale for Everybody: August 31 thru October 31, beginning with 20% off most plants (details below).
Yes, like all the other nurseries, Harlequin’s Gardens is having a Fall Plant Sale. Even though our discounts may not be as deep, we think you will get more value from our fall sale. Why? Because our plants are grown in nutrient-dense soil, not over-watered and over-fertilized, but strong and healthy. Our plants are selected for being well-adapted to Colorado conditions and every year we hear that our customers have a high success rate in establishing our plants in their gardens. All the plants we grow are pesticide-free.
Besides the plants themselves, our local, high-quality composts and organic fertilizer products, mycorrhizae, and our good advice, all contribute to your success.
FALL & WINTER GARDEN CARE
Late August through September is an ideal time to plant and fertilize, because now is when plants are storing food in their roots and when they are making leaf and fruit buds for spring. Giving our plants and trees nutrition at this time of year strengthens their vitality and immunity and supports flowers and fruits for the following season.
Rake up diseased leaves from fireblight or fungal diseases and remove seed heads from aggressive seeders. Leave seeds of desirable plants and seeds for the birds.
You can extend the vegetable season by
- planting cool season veggies
- using row cover fabric over veggies to add 2-4 weeks more production
- use our heavy-duty tomato cages over tomatoes and peppers and cover them to protect from freezing
- mulch root crops to extend the harvest season
- buy Garlic in September to plant mid-October to mid-November
Winter Watering: Once our irrigation systems are blown out, we should water new plantings, especially the small plants, by hand or sprinkler once or twice a month, or more. (Tip: auto-populate your calendar with a reminder!)
Lawns: September is the best time of year to aerate and fertilize with an organic fertilizer. Fall is also an excellent time to apply Corn Gluten, the organic weed and feed. Its 9% nitrogen provides fall fertilizing, and it prevents weed seeds from germinating.
Richlawn 5-3-2 Lawn Fertilizer: made from chicken manure, blood meal, feather meal for lawns, berry bushes, shrubs, trees.
Alpha One Fertilizer: alfalfa, cottonseed meal, blood meal, sunflower: for gardens and lawns.
Coop Poop: economical form of Nitrogen for shrubs, trees.
Mile-Hi Rose Feed: excellent for September feeding. Promotes repeat flowering, strength, and pest resistance.
Yum Yum Mix: cottonseed, rock dust, alfalfa, rock phosphate, kelp: for perennials, shrubs, natives and xeriscapes.
Organic Healthy Grow, Harlequin’s Fertility Mix, and Neptune’s Harvest are all great for fall veggie planting.
Planters II: (Rocky Mt. Minerals) is a rock dust very beneficial for plant health and nutrient density.
Mycorrhizae: both Micronized Endo and new, nutrient rich Big Foot: Root support and survival aid.
Composts: 2 kinds, good quality, economical, locally sourced to use local wastes and reduce CO2
Mulches: Fine Wood Chip, and Soil Pep, a partially composted bark: both feed soil organisms and stay put.
Potting Mixes: Coco Loco – nutritious and successful for containers.
Expanded Shale: a porous ceramic shale to break up heavy clay, hold air and water; permanent.
ORGANIC FALL VEGGIE STARTS & MORE!
We will have various leafy greens this year. (If there is more interest, we will grow more next year!) These new premium plants cannot be sold at a discounted price!
SEEDS: fresh from Botanical Interests for cool-season greens, cover crops, and sprouting. There is no discount on new seeds. However, 2021 Seeds are 50% off!
FLOWERING BULBS & GARLIC: (no discount) Coming in September: many kinds of bulbs and new varieties. Check our website for upcoming descriptions and photos of this year’s selection.
BEE LOVERS: Our high-quality plants are 100% free from bee-killing, nerve-toxin neonicotinoids. Most of our plants are free from all pesticides and fungicides. We accomplish this by questioning our sources and by growing a lot of our own plants organically.
DEEP DISCOUNT AREA: Opens Sept. 7 where you will find perennials and shrubs: 2 ½” pots reduced from $3.95 to $1.00; 4″ pots reduced from $6.95 to $3.95. Plus, Bargain trees, shrubs, and roses.
ORGANIC HERB STARTS: Chives, Clary Sage, Lovage, Echinacea, Rosemary, Lavenders, many varieties of Mints, Lemon Thyme, Greek Oregano, Nettles, Sweet Grass, Valerian, Winter Savory.
BERRIES: 5 kinds of Currants, Serviceberries, 4 Gooseberries; Zone 4 Table Grapes, Raspberries, Black Raspberries, Thornless Blackberry, 5 Kinds of Elderberries.
FRUIT TREES: (no discount) grown in our own potting mix, with mycorrhizae, and without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Apples, Cherries, Plums, Peaches, and Pears.
VINES: Trumpet Vines, Golden Hops, Silver Lace Vine, Honeysuckles, Thorndale English Ivy, and Purpleleaf Wintercreeper.
ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: Our freshly potted grasses are strong and sure to be successful planted in September.
Shenendoah Switchgrass: 4’ selection with burgundy color starting in summer and pinkish flower spikes; tough and low water.
Little Bluestems: Prairie Blues and The Blues – 3’ natives, low water, beneficial to birds and butterflies.
heterolepis – Prairie Dropseed
airoides – Alkali Sacaton
wrightii – Giant Sacaton
cryptandrus – Sand Dropseed-all warm season, xeric natives
PLUS: Blue Avena, Boulder Blue Fescue, Karl Foerster’s, Northern Sea Oats, Mexican Feather Grass, Indian Grass, Sweet Grass, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama, Junegrass, Indian Rice Grass, and Big Bluestem!
ROSES: Our proven, sustainable own-root roses.
TREES: Our 5-gallon trees, may look small, but have complete root systems and will grow quickly when given a wide hole with some compost and a little organic fertilizer; staking is not needed. We get many compliments on the performance of our trees.
Skyline Honeylocust: 40’ shade tree with small leaves that let in light; won’t kill lawn or stifle perennials.
Sucker Punch Chokecherry: 15’-20’ ornamental with clusters of white flowers and then bird cherries, foliage turning to burgundy late spring, does not sucker!
Sensation Maple: A native boxelder selection that does not attract Boxelder Bugs, turns shades of red in fall, grows fast, tolerates harsh weather and low water, 30’-40’, to 9000’.
PLUS: May Day Tree, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Columnar English Oak, Chanticleer Pear, 3 Hawthorns, Oakleaf Mt. Ash, Hackberry, Ohio Buckeye, Hotwings Maple, Sargent dwarf Crabapple, Bigtooth Maple, Alder, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, Aspen and MORE!
We’re famous for our great selection of strong, neonic-free natives: Mt. Mahoganies, Native Ninebark, Boulder Raspberry, Sumacs, New Mexico Privet, Rabbitbrushes, Currants, Serviceberry, Holodiscus, Sand Cherry, Lewis Mockorange, Chokecherry, and many more!
NON-NATIVE SHRUBS: Hibiscus, Cotoneasters, Butterfly Bush, Lilacs, Honeysuckles, Potentillas, Spireas, Viburnams, Russian Sage, Blue Mist Spirea, Ninebarks.
EVERGREENS: Woodward Juniper, Wiltonii Blue Carpet, Mops Mugo Pine, Dwarf Conifers.
HUNDREDS of Neonic-free, Colorado-adapted PERENNIALS:
13 varieties of Penstemons supporting hummingbirds and bees; tough groundcovers including veronicas, sedums, thymes, Lotus corniculatus, Alyssum pateri, many Iceplants, and Teucrium rotundifolium.
Good plants for dry shade: Geranium varieties, Lamiastrum, Waldsteinia.
Houseplants: Baby Jade, Aloe, Foxtail Fern.
Natives: Campanula rotundifolia, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Chocolate Flower, Bee Balm, Verbena, Monarch-magnet Liatris, Sulfur Flower, Spiderwort; PLUS Agastache, Harlequin’s Silver Teucrium, Plumbago, Lysimachia Golden Alexander, Monarda Red Shades, Shasta Daisies, Fireworks Goldenrod, Windwalker red Salvia, Smoky Hills Skullcap, Kent’s Beauty Oregano, Mongolian Bells Clematis, Irish Moss, Echinacea tennesseensis, Cyclamen hederifolium and LOTS MORE!
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CALENDAR & FALL SALE DETAILS
CURRENT HOURS: Tuesday thru Sunday, 9 AM to 5PM.
MEMBERS SALE Tuesday, August 24 to 29. For your special support, you are rewarded with 20% off plants (except Fruit Trees) and 25% off books.
FALL SALE BEGINS FOR EVERYBODY on Tuesday, August 31
Aug. 31 thru Sept. 5: 20% off most plants (except veggies, fruit trees and bulbs).
Sept. 7 thru 12 enjoy 25% off perennials, shrubs, and trees. And 20% off Roses, 20% off Compost Tea. Our Deep Discount section will be opened with perennials $1.00 for 2 ½’s and $3.95 for quarts. Plus, bargain shrubs, trees, and roses.
Sept. 14 thru 19 take 30% off perennials, shrubs, trees, and books; and 20% off roses, soil products in big bags, and 20% off Compost Tea.
Sept. 21 thru end of the season take 30% off perennials, shrubs, roses, and trees, and 30% off soil products in big bags, Books and Compost Tea.
We will close for the season October 30th
Autumn is harvest time.
Whatever bounty you have, share some of it.
You’ll be glad you did.
10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
Fri. October 1st thru Sat. October 30th
Our famous Holiday Gift Market, featuring exceptional creative and sustainable artworks and products from local artisans, is usually held later in the fall. But last year, because of COVID, we moved it up to October, to take advantage of warmer weather, open windows and doors for good air circulation, and easier social distancing.
It worked! Our customers were so grateful to be able to shop early for gifts in an uplifting, safe and comfortable environment. So, we’re doing it again!
We will be offering delicious specialty foods, safe and effective herbal bodycare products, bees-wax candles, holiday ornaments, books, clothing and accessories, CDs, artwork, flower bulbs, gloves, science tools and toys, jewelry, kitchen and table wares, and MUCH MORE! Subscribe to our weekly E-Newsletter to receive preview information about this year’s artisans and makers and see samples of their work.