Mother’s Day ‘living’ gifts A living gift is a great idea for Mother’s Day. Whether she lives in an apartment or in a house with a big yard, there is plant for every mom. We’ve got a few ideas for celebrating Mom with plants. Hanging baskets can brighten up a porch, balcony, or sunny window. Many garden centers offer a variety of sizes and color combinations, so you’re sure to find something that fits Mom’s style. They can be moved…

When planning your landscape, keep home safety in mind. Most burglars are not the slick, sophisticated type seen in films; many break-ins are hastily planned. A few strategic design decisions could provide the deterrent needed to make a potential burglar rethink their actions. Security professionals and law enforcement often recommend the following environmental safety measures for homes: Reduce hiding spots. Avoid big hedges around the front of your property. Don’t plant large shrubs near windows or entryways, where potential intruders…

High quality landscapes can increase the value of a home by as much as 10% Your landscape offers health benefits, environmental benefits, and enhances your community when it is properly planned. It can also increase your property value. Some experts claim that landscaping can yield the highest return on investment (ROI) of any home upgrade if you are looking to sell. A 2017 study at Colorado State University (see link below) found that for every dollar invested in a residential…

Discover fresh trends, ideas, and design elements for your landscape in this fun and enlightening new class by Carole Kastler of Camelot Design. When: Sunday, February 16, 2020 Time: 1pm – 2pm Location: Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Road, Aurora CO 80016 This class is FREE. EXTRA! EXTRA!Garden Designs with Carole – an exclusive Tagawa Gardens offer. Schedule a specially-priced one-hour landscape consultation at Tagawa Gardens with Carole of Camelot Design, and receive a plan for one specific area of…

Did you make any “new year, new you” plans this month? While you’re making lists and setting goals for 2020, why not make some outdoor plans as well? It’s a good time to think ahead about your outdoor spaces and what you want to get out of them when warm weather returns. Is there a garden you want to see, an outdoor space you want to create, or a dreary corner you want to invigorate? What did you resolve at…

During the winter months, indoor plants can help you get your nature fix until spring returns. January 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day, so let’s take a moment to recall some benefits of the plants you keep inside your home or that you’ve brought indoors for the season. They look great. Indoor plants make great décor. Whether they are flowering plants like poinsettia or cyclamen, hardy succulents, or leafy green trees, plants can make your house look stylish. They help you…

In these cold winter months, you can imagine warmer days as you consider what to plant this spring. To help you decide, National Garden Bureau (NGB) has announced their “Year of the” crops for 2020. Trend-watching Colorado gardeners will be happy to learn that several of the plants can grow well in the state’s unique growing conditions. Year of the iris Irises are a beautiful, relatively low-maintenance plant that enjoys sunny Colorado days. It can thrive in the state’s dry,…

For 2020, The Pantone Color InstituteTM has chosen Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052) as its Color of the Year. This classic color is meant to evoke thoughts of the night sky and a feeling of dependability. Right now, you might not see a lot of bright color in your landscape, but why not think about how to incorporate this trendy hue into your environment next spring? Talk with your garden center or landscape professional about Plant Select©, which develops plants that…

You don’t have to leave outdoor containers looking sad and empty. Nor do you have to put them in storage until spring. Your dormant landscape might need a pick-me-up for the winter, and that’s where those containers come in handy. If you choose a colorful container, that alone can add a pop of color. Use it to add some interest to your porch or stoop. Follow the same guidelines (thriller, filler, spiller) that you would in summer to combine materials.…