Planting in Colorado

Planting in Colorado may seem challenging due to the high altitude and extreme weather conditions. However, many residents in Colorado successfully plant each year. Educating yourself about the best plant options for the Colorado climate, as well as which planting zone you are located in, can ensure your planting experience is successful!

Know your zone

Lets talk about your planting zone. As a general rule when you look at the back of a packet of seeds, or even the label on your selections at the nursery you will see what zones your choices will tolerate, and love. But lots of us either assume were just zone 4 or 5. well its actually a little deeper than that. Did you know you could actually be a zone 5a or 5b?

In 2012 the USDA released a new zone map for Colorado meaning you may not be planting whats going to really thrive.  USDA’s zones are based on the average low winter temperatures in various areas. In Colorado, our zones range from cold Zone 3a (-40 to -35 degrees F. ave. low winter temp) and our warmest Zone 7a (0 to 5 degrees F. ave. low winter temp).

What do you want from your landscape?

Next really think about what kind of landscape your heart desires. Consider how much watering your plants will need or what kind of irrigation.  now take into account how much sun you have to offer, and your soil condition. If your landscape is full sun avoid plants like columbines.

Choosing plants

Colorado’s State flower may be approved for your zone, but are they good for your landscape? For example columbines only like partial morning sun then a shady afternoon and cooler temps are optimal they do grow well in soft well draining rich soil, and naturally have a symbiotic relationship with the acidity of our forest soil. However say you only have shade to offer.  Avoid succulents because they love the sun, and they also love poor rocky soil conditions and low watering (great for Xeriscaping). Not that either of these is a hard fast rule mind you. Just because the optimal zone is 3 lots of plant will survive other zones if placed in the correct area of the landscape design.

If this is to overwhelming then contact us, we can help! We often ask our clients what they want to see, or accomplish with their landscape design. Sometimes you can’t help your heart with certain selections that will grow in your zone but not your soil conditions. You can help this by mixing in good soil and mulch or compost.

We installed this horse tough raised garden bed for a customer

One cool option

For Gardens requiring higher quality soil, we recommend a raised garden bed. This is always an excellent choice. Raised beds offer easier soil maintenance and great advantages for expanded plating opportunity. It prevents the lower quality soil from hindering your growing, giving a great architectural and design element. Multitudes of ideas are around to fit your style and needs in your dream landscape. Always ask your landscaper or nursery to help with choosing plants. And make sure you consider beneficial companion planting. Ie what plants get along together and cannot be together.

Planter, timber zone 5

Here and JDR PRO we consider all these factors when selecting plants while working with your style and needs to meet all the requirements for a successful landscape.

Call JDR PRO today for your Free estimate and let us help you make your landscape dreams a reality!



JDR Pro Landscaping 

7180 Birch St,

Commerce City, CO

Phone: (303) 762-3538