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Here’s some advice on how to help your garden spring to life

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Panayoti Kelaidis stands in front of CPR’s Andrea Dukakis’ Denver home. He came to offer some advice on what to do about patchy grass and wilting shrubs.

You may have noticed the birds are chirping, the flowers and trees are blooming and the air is a-wash in the fragrance of the season. That means the time for spring gardening has arrived. CPR's Andrea Dukakis got a visit at her Denver home from a giant in the horticultural world to get his advice for how to make a garden spring to life in Colorado's unique and changing climate. Panayoti Kelaidis is Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Some tips from Panayoti for planting:

  • Turf grasses for shade: red fescue (Festuca rubra)
  • Turf grass for sun: Dog Tuff Grass
  • Great smaller trees for Denver: Crabapples, Hawthorns, Hop Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), Utah (Wasatch) Maple, Pinon pine, Gambel’s Oak, Golden rain tree
  • Great large trees for Denver: Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Chinkapin Oak, Texas Oak (Quercus buckleyi), Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), Burr Oak, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Honey locust (which is bordering on being overplanted)
  • Underutilized shrubs: Viburnums, Lonicera korolkowii, Seven Son’s flower Heptacodium miconioides (large shrub), Philadelphus, Lilacs