Plants You Can Grow in Your Backyard

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Every Spring, Valerie runs down to her local garden store and loads up on hundreds of dollars’ worth of beautiful plants. She waits until she has a week or so of beautiful weather before planting those bad boys in her yard. The next day it snows and all her plants are dead.

Many people experience this exact same problem in Colorado. Even waiting until after Memorial Day isn’t always a safe bet for keeping your plants safe from heavy storms and frosts. This doesn’t mean that your yard is forever doomed to be without the beauty of flowers and other plants. There’s a variety of plants that can thrive in your backyard, despite the crazy weather.


Flowers can be an eye-catching way to spruce up your backyard. However, flowers can be trickier than just throwing some ones that look nice in the ground. By balancing sun exposure, annuals and perennials, your yard can become a rainbow of hearty, healthy plants.


  • Coral Bells– also known as heuchera. They do well in full and partial sun as well as less water.
  • Columbine- Of course, the state flower would thrive in our state.
  • Poppy Mallow-they bloom early in the season, but can continue to bloom all summer long.
  • Russian Sage– this bee and butterfly magnet can help invite pollinators in, which can only benefit the other plants in your yard.
  • Cheyenne Spirit– Also known as echinacea, these colorful flowers are native to high country lands. They come in a variety of colors and do well in droughts and high sun.


  • Petunias– these hearty flowers bloom in the summer, fall, spring and can endure the crazy weather we have in Colorado
  • Angelonia– If you want a yard filled with birds, this is the plant for you. It attracts birds and stays hearty all-season long.
  • Gazania– These beautiful blooms can withstand drought and the long sunny days.
  • Verbena–  This plant thrives in the sun and can even withstand deer.


What better way to fill your backyard than with plants you can eat. Having a vegetable garden is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby. Imaging cooking delicious meals with plants you grew yourself. The idea of keeping the vegetables alive is a different story. Timing and spacing is key to the perfect Colorado backyard vegetable garden.

  • Bulbs, roots, and leafy greens- these are best to plant in early spring. These plants come up fast and do well in the warm days and cool nights. You could be tossing a spinach and kale salad of your own sooner than you know.
  • Potatoes- planting tuber vegetables three inches deep can protect them from early frosts. Cover these guys up and they will grow strong and delicious.
  • Space- you can grow almost vegetables you want, as long as you space them out. You may think you can cram a bunch of tomato plants in your garden, but in your space, maybe it should only be two or three.
  • Cover– if you do, do vegetables, cover them with hail blankets to protect them from potential damage from storms. You also will need to fend off wildlife. Peter Rabbit is not your friend.

Other plants

Beyond the flowers and vegetables, there are other plants that can thrive in your backyard.

  • Grass– if your soil is taken care of and prepped properly, then any grass you desire can grow strong and lush in your yard
  • Bamboo– Bamboo is surprisingly hearty. It not only survives in this climate, it can thrive. You do need to be careful with how you plant the bamboo, it can take over your yard if you don’t keep it in check.
  • Herbs– Like vegetables, herbs are rewarding to grow in your yard. They will also thrive, with proper care. While plucking the flowers from the herbs quickly can help retain flavor to the plant, leaving them will invite bees and other major pollinators to help all your plants.


If you’re ready to transform your yard from the “ugliest one on the block” to a “Garden of Eden”, we can help. Our landscaping experts can help you find the best plants and help you design exactly where to put them. Your yard can become an outdoor living space that you won’t want to leave. Call us today.