NATURE’S HUMMINGBIRD FOOD!

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Hummingbirds are abound everywhere!  They are such a delight to have in our gardens, and play an important part in pollinating out plants.  Harlequin’s Gardens carries many hummingbird-friendly plants that are ready to be planted in your garden.  With these plants you won’t need to replenish your hummingbird feeder again!  Read more, below, about specific plants.  (Above: Scrophularia macrantha.  Photo credit: Plant Select.)

If you’ve never tried currants or gooseberries, come sample from our shrubs!  We have a wide array of varieties and this is a great time to decide which flavor is best for your palette.

This week we are giving away FREE VEGGIE STARTS and ANNUALS!  What?!!  Find out more, below.  (Left: Zeppelin Delicata Squash)

Join Mikl on Sunday at 1 PM for his popular “Tips & Tricks of Xericape” class.  He’ll share the secrets that he has gained over the past 30 years on how to garden with less water.  You’ll learn so much!   Give us a quick call at 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat.


SUMMER SALES ABOUND!

40% off 2018 seeds!

Free Veggie and Annual Starts with Purchase!

(Limit of 5 per person.)  Our offerings include:

Veggies

Tomatoes
Peppers
Winter Squash
Melons
Basil
Celeriac

Annuals

Nicotiana sylvestris
Petunia exserta
Craspedia
Brachyycome
Datura
Snapdragon Black Prince
Coleus
Lantana
Dreadlocks
Cant Bell
California Poppy
Salvia Fairy Queen
Salvia Blue Bedder
Salvia Blue
Cleome

Get 1 gallon of compost tea for free when you spend over $25!


GREAT HUMMINGBIRD PLANTS for your garden

Hummingbirds are zipping and humming and sipping around our gardens, partaking of the summer’s bounty of nectar-rich flowers, many of which are ‘color-coded ’specifically to attract them. And you’ll want hummers in your garden, not only because they’re beautiful, not only because some plants depend on them for pollination, not only because migratory birds are imperiled, but also because they eat prodigious numbers of small flying insects like mosquitoes!  And did you know, some hummingbird have been known to live up to 25 years!

Here are some of the plants we sell that attract and support these flying jewels:

Agastache (Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop):
aurantiaca ‘Coronado’, aur. ‘Coronado Red, barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’, cana, cana ‘Sonoran Sunset’, foeniculum, foen. ‘Blue Fortune’, ‘Black Adder’, ‘Blue Boa’, ‘Blue Blazes’, rupestris, rup. ‘Joyful’
Buddleia davidii selections – Butterfly Bush
Campsis radicans – Trumpet Vine
Chilopsis linearis – Desert Willow
Cleome serrulata – Rocky Mt. Bee Plant
Fuchsia
Ipomopsis/Gilia rubra) – Scarlet Gilia
Ipomopsis aggregata – Standing Cypress
Maurandia/Asarina – Climbing Snapdragon
Mina lobata – Spanish Flag Vine
Monarda: many species and cultivars
Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’
Nepeta sibirica ‘Blue Beauty’ – Siberian Catmint
Penstemon barbatus coccineus – Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon rostriflorus – Bridge’s Beardtongue
Penstemon cardinalis – Cardinal Beardtongue
Penstemon superbus  – Superb Penstemon –
Penstemon pinifolius – Pineleaf Penstemon
Penstemon strictus – Rocky Mt. Penstemon
Penstemon pseudospectabilis – Desert Penstemon
Penstemon virgatus – Wand-bloom Penstemon
Petunia exserta – Brazilian Red Petunia
Salvia x microphylla ‘Windwalker’
Salvia coccinea – Annual Mexican Red Sage
Salvia darcyi – Mexican Red Salvia
Salvia greggii ‘Wild Thing’
Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’
Salvia pachyphylla – Mojave Sage
Scarlet Runner Bean (seeds)
Scutellaria suffrutescens – Cherry Skullcap
Scrophularia macrantha – Red Birds in a Tree
Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ – Orange Hummingbird Trumpets
Zauschneria arizonica – Arizona Hummingbird Trumpet
Zauschneria latifolia ‘Etteri’  – Etter’s California Fuchsia

We may not have every one of these plants in stock right now, but we have plenty of them! And there’s still time to plant them!


SUMMER BLOOMING SHRUBS & PERENNIALS

We have wonderful summer-blooming shrubs and perennials now ready for planting, like

Allium ‘Millenium’

Perennial plant of the year at Plant Select. Now in bloom!
This butterfly magnet will grace your garden in late summer with masses of rose purple blooms atop neat, shiny, green foliage that remains attractive all season long. The blooms will last up to four weeks on this drought tolerant perennial. Reseeding seems to be much less a problem with ‘Millenium’ than other alliums. Rabbit and deer-resistant. Attracts pollinators. 10-15″ tall. Plant in full sun with low water. Hardy to zone 4.  Available sizes: 2.5″ pots at $4.95, and Quarts at $6.95.

Hibiscus (Rose of Sharron) ‘Hollandia’ and ‘Lucy’

A beautiful, large, upright flowering shrub with dark green leaves and late-blooming flowers in multitude of colors ranging from white to pink to red to lavender. The two varieties we carry both have pink blossoms, and ‘Lucy”s flowers are double. Blooms are two to four inches across followed by a brown capsule fruit 3/4″ long that persists through winter. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Full sun to part shade. Grows 6-10′ tall by 4-8’ wide. Hardy to zone 5.  Available sizes: 5 Gallon at $57.

Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush) ‘Nanho Purple’, ‘Petite Purple’, and ‘Black Knight’

These butterfly bushes feature stunning spikes of various shades of purple fragrant flowers from mid to late summer. Willow-like, leaves on arching stems create an irregular, rounded shrub.  Full sun to filtered shade. Moderate water. Zone 5. Rabbit and deer-resistant.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16, and 2 Gallon at $26.

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (Blue Mist Spiraea)

Similar to Blue Mist Spiraea, but with darker gray-green foliage and darker blue flowers. Tidy, upright growth habit with soft, fragrant silvery-green foliage and a profusion of deep blue-violet flowers in mid to late summer. A favorite of both butterflies & bees! Superb bee plant that blooms when other plants have finished. Tough, reliable plant. Full sun, very drought tolerant, rabbit and deer-resistant. Zone 4.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16.

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

A small tree/large shrub native to the southwestern US with willowy foliage joined by large pink/lavender flowers from early summer to first frost which attract hummingbirds. This tough plant performs well in xeriscapes and other dry, unforgiving locations. Tolerates alkaline soils. Deer-resistant. 10-12′ tall by 8-10′ wide. Zone 5.  Available sizes: 2 Gallon at $35.

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Vigorous, tall and super drought-tolerant, Russian Sage is upright and shrubby and thrives in lean, dry soil, full sun, and heat. It should be cut back to about 6″ in spring when new growth begins to appear at the base of the plant.  Tolerant of alkaline soils. The smoky violet-blue flowers are a favorite of bees. Deer and rabbit-resistant. Zone 5.  Available sizes: 1 Gallon at $16.

Seseli gummifera (Moon Carrot)

A spectacular water-wise plant that attracts huge numbers of beneficial insects! The mound of blue-gray, lacy foliage erupts into branched flower stems with a long succession of dense, flat clusters of tiny white flowers emerging from pink buds, mid summer to fall. Usually blooms in its 2nd or 3rd year. Foliage turns pink/purple in fall + winter.  10-15″ tall x 24-36″ wide.  Available sizes: Quarts at $6.95.


WE HAVE RE-STOCKED ON FLAGS AND BBB SEEDS!

Our BBB Seeds rack is full of all your favorite wildflower mixes. Arubymoon’s prayer flags just arrived.

Upcoming Classes List

We offer empowering classes with great teachers throughout the season.  Coming soon will be more of our class offerings.  Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. It is best to pre-register for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register, and we have to cancel. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.  (This list is also available on our website.)

Sun, Jul 15 at 1 PM – TIPS & TRICKS OF XERISCAPE with Mikl Brawner

Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how! There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15

Sun, Aug 5 at 1 PM – PRUNING FOR STRENGTH, HEALTH, AND BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning. (Repeated on Sep. 16.)   $15

Sat, Aug 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM – SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTE OF TOMATO

Don’t miss our 8th annual ‘Taste of Tomato’ festival & tasting event along with Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension!  There are always exciting new varieties to taste and learn about. The location is not yet decided. Check our website for details and entry information.

Sat, Aug 25 at 1 PM – GARDENING WITH MUSHROOMS – THE MAGIC OF MYCELIUM w/ Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

Sun, Aug 26 at 1 PM – LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN & OPERATION with Mikl Brawner

Mikl has been researching, building, and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.   $15

Sun, Sep 9 at 1 PM – HOW TO MULCH with Mikl Brawner

Weedbarrier, wood chips, straw, fine gravel, bark? Which mulches should be used and where? Why is mulching so important? What’s wrong with redwood and cedar? Mikl will discuss these questions and suggest solutions.   $15  (Photo Credit: The Rock Place)

S​at, Sep 15 at 1 PM – FORAGING ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUSHROOMS: REGIONAL MUSHROOM ID with Zach Hedstrom

In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.   $15

Sun, Sep 16 at 1 PM – PRUNING FOR STRENGTH, HEALTH, AND BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning. (Repeat of Aug 5.)   $15