in Colorado IS Different.
is semi-arid with low humidity, infrequent
rainfall, with lots of bright sunshine, and quickly-changing weather
extremes. It is not uncommon to have severe winds followed by a 70 degree temperature change in 24
hours. With high altitude gardening you can cross over 3 climate zones in
just a few miles.
It can be 60 degrees in January from a bright winter sun, bone dry, with no snow on the ground or you can have
in September or even a surprise snowstorm on Mother's Day. We won't even talk about the
monstrous thunderstorms with occasional ferocious hail that randomly strike Colorado gardens.
The second challenge Colorado gardeners face is the heavy,
clay soil that is often found in new garden areas. It is alkaline and high
in calcium; without the addition of lots of organic material, roots can't grow
deep into the ground or take up the nutrients they need.
Echter's has been dealing with Colorado's
extremes since 1959. We can help you have a beautiful lawn and flower garden to
enjoy life to it's fullest outdoors in your corner of the world.
Hardiness of Plants
Interactive Zone Map (Zoom to your area.)
Hardiness Zone Map
Hardiness Zone by ZIP code
Recommendations "How to Plant Trees & Shrubs"
& Caring for Annual Flowers
a Hummingbird Garden
September is for Planting
Plant Resource List
Birds in Colorado
Care in a Garden Ponds