19 Mar 2018

April Showers Bring Colorado Flowers

If you’re a gardener, you’re probably really excited for the change in seasons. Even if you managed to keep green things growing in your house all winter, you’re probably craving the soft feel of grass beneath your feet and the cool texture of soil between your fingers. And who isn’t ready to see some vibrant color in our landscape again?

If you’re looking for some new bulbs to plant, or if you’re new to Colorado and haven’t had a chance to grow anything yet, here are suggestions for flowering plants that tend to thrive in the local environment.


Lilacs are known for their “prairie toughness” and are pretty low maintenance. They hold up well to drought but need full sun and occasional mulch. You’ll need about 6-8 feet of space to grow.

Salvia “May Night”

Cold- and drought-tolerant, this plant can handle the high clay content of the Colorado soil. These lovely indigo blooms will come out in late spring and then re-emerge in late summer.

Echinacea “Cheyenne Spirit”

This vibrant mix of hot colors stands up well to sun, wind, and rain. They’re a lovely choice for a sustainable, low-water garden. And the bright colors attract butterflies!

Rocky Mountain Columbine

The state flower of Colorado is treasured for its big blue and white flowers. This native plant is at its best in shady beds with regular watering, so no lengthy direct sunlight.

Lupine “Gallery Mix”

These beautiful multi-color spires provide an unforgettable sight. They sit low, so they hold up well in windy areas. These plants prefer morning sun and afternoon shade and can re-bloom if old blooms are cut back.

Coral Bells (Heuchera)

These beautiful bell-shaped blooms can survive hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. They love sun, but prefer partial shade, and can be watered sporadically throughout the summer.


One of the easiest plants to grow, daffodils are available in a range of colors, sizes, and shapes. They need a spot that gets lots of sun and a bit of light shade during the spring months.

If you need more suggestions or instructions on what flowers to populate your garden, Tagawa Gardens (located in Parker, Colorado) offers fantastic “how-to” videos to help beginners and seasoned gardeners alike maximize their efforts in the Colorado climate.

We can’t wait to see what you do with your garden! And please send all of your Instagram flower photos our way! Don’t forget to tag @reunionco, of course.

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