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Even though summer is winding down, we're thinking about spring here at Echter's! That's because our spring-flowering bulbs have just arrived from the Netherlands, and it's prime time to begin planting next spring's color show!

If you've never tried planting bulbs before, you'll find this is one autumn garden task that pays big rewards the following the spring! Bulbs are among the easiest flowers to grow, plus they'll provide a welcome splash of color after a winter of white in the garden! Even a novice gardener can create a breathtakingly
beautiful spring color display with just a few humble bulbs.
Let's Get the Scoop on Bulb Planting!
What is a Bulb?
It's really a self-contained flower factory! Each bulb has nearly everything the future flower needs to survive the winter and come to life in the spring. If you were to look inside the bulb, you would see a baby flower bud, leaves, roots, stem, and a food supply. Bulbs require very little of the gardener: just a sunny spot and a few inches of well-drained soil, water them occasionally, and let them work their magic over the winter.
Why Do You Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs in the Autumn?
It's because they require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical process that causes them to flower next spring! So it's important to get them into the ground in the autumn before the ground freezes.
Where Should I Plant Them?
There are several factors to consider. First, look for a sunny location. Bulbs prefer full sun to rejuvenate for future years, so look for a part of your garden where they'll receive at least six hours of sun each day.

Also, look for a location with good drainage. Bulbs do not like "wet feet," so you won't want to place them anywhere water tends to collect
in your yard.

Lastly, consider planting your earliest blooming bulbs in a location you'll be able
to enjoy from inside your home! They'll be a welcome splash of color on those still-chilly, early-spring days.
How Deep Should
Bulbs be Planted?
The general rule is to plant 2-3 times as deep as the bulb is tall. This means most large bulbs like tulips & daffodils will be planted about six inches deep, while smaller bulbs like crocus will be planted 3-4" deep. Place the pointed tips upwards, and the roots end down.

What About Plants with Rhizomes, Like Iris?
Dig a shallow, but wide hole, then make a mound of soil in the center. Place the iris rhizome atop the soil mound, and spread the roots out. Leave approximately 1/3 of the rhizome above ground, and fill in the loose soil over the roots. Water in, and add more soil if necessary.
Plan Carefully for Color All Season Long!
With a little planning, you can have blooms starting before the snow melts and continuing into early summer. For an entire season of color, you'll need to stagger bloom times. Begin by choosing some early bloomers like snowdrops and crocus. Then pick out some colorful tulips, hyacinths, & daffodils. These will provide mid-season color. Lastly, follow up with some of the late-season bloomers like dutch iris and alliums. Mix or match your color scheme, it's up to you!
No Yard? No Problem!
You can also grow bulbs in containers! Hold your bulbs indoors until mid-October to plant. Fill the pot part way with Echter's Container Mix, then plant the bulbs so that each will be at the recommended planting depth for that particular bulb after you cover them with more soil. Water well, and place the container in an unheated garage or shed for the winter. In March, bring it out and place it in a nice, sunny location. Water as needed, and your spring bulbs will be blooming in just a few weeks!
Explore Perfect Partners Packs!
If you can't decide which bulbs would go well together, (there are a lot to choose from!) pick up a Perfect Partners pack of bulbs! They're bags of bulbs with two or more complementary spring flowers that
naturally look great together.
With our display racks filled with freshly-shipped spring bulbs, it's the perfect time to stop in and pick out your favorites. Visit us this weekend, and we'll help
you get next spring's garden started!
Save 20%-40% on all shade and ornamental trees,
flowering shrubs, and evergreens.
It's a great time to plant! Cooler weather offers comfortable planting conditions, and plants have plenty of time to establish themselves before winter
due to the still-warm soil temperatures.

Nursery Sale Runs Through October 1
Offered in a range of sizes with unique textures and shapes. 
They are slow-growing and perfect for sunny windows.
Corona ¾
Bypass Pruner
The professional choice for precision pruning.
Reg. $29.95
20% OFF
Echter's Indoor
Potting Mix
Well-draining, and promotes healthy root growth. Available in 4, 16, 30, and 60 qt. bags.
20% Off
All Bird Feeders
Wide range of styles for
different seed mixes.
Hi-Yield Dutch Bulb Food
Designed to be used with all types of flowering bulbs at planting time. Provides necessary nutrients for proper root development and growth.
4 lb. Reg. $7.99
25% Off
Ornamental Grasses
Nice selection of heights, colors, shapes, and textures. Add winter interest to the garden naturally!
Offers good through Thursday, October 1
Don't miss this chance to have your toughest gardening
questions answered by Colorado Master Gardeners!
They'll have a booth here at Echter's on...
Saturday, September 19
from 10-2
What's New?
Tricollet Daffodil
The unique Tricollet features three perfectly segmented golden-orange petals resembling fan blades against a backdrop of pristine white overlapping petals.
Eros Allium
This is not your usual ball allium! It has attractive, delicate umbels of pink flowers on short stems.
Chasing Rainbow Iris
Billowing ruffles add a sense of extravagance to this luscious bi-color iris. Its apricot-pink standards are infused with orchid, while its falls are an inviting orchid-violet.
  • Ceramic Latte Mugs
  • Lemon Lime Dracaena
  • Weed-Free Zone
  • Braided Weeping Fig
  • Country Pride Top Soil
$6.00 Off any Bag of Winterizer-Formula
Lawn Food

Winterizer fertilizers are formulated to help build roots for winter hardiness and help the lawn turn green the following spring.

w/coupon only-Offer expires 10/8/20
Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid at Echter's Garden Center only.  
Coupons subject to change without notice. Distribution on property prohibited.

Buy 2, Get 1 FREE
Perfect Partners
Flower Bulbs

Perfect Partners are bags of bulbs with two or more varieties that bloom together and complement each other. Create a beautiful garden of spring-flowering bulbs. Mix & match - Least expensive are free.

w/coupon only- Offer expires 10/8/20
Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid at Echter's Garden Center only.  
Coupons subject to change without notice. Distribution on property prohibited.

Pansies planted this month will stay in bloom until the ground freezes! Mulch them for winter protection, and these hardy plants will be back in flower when the warm days of spring return. They're great companions for spring-flowering bulbs.

Lawns grow best in spring and fall. They'll benefit greatly from two more feedings. Fertilize your lawn with Green Thumb Lawn Fertilizer now, then follow with Green Thumb Winterizer in mid-October. Your lawn will thank you next spring! In addition, bindweed, dandelions, and other perennial weeds will be moving food reserves down to their roots now. This is a great time to use
Ferti-lome's Weed Free Zone to kill these invasive weeds, roots and all.

Bulbs are not seeds. They are living plants that already have the baby flower growing inside.
Certain poetic souls call them
"Nature’s guaranteed miracle."
~ C. Z. Guest
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