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Denver’s nursery scene is populated with experts who can solve any planting problem you face. Here are five of our go-to shops (and why we love them).
Problem: Your outdoor space is falling flat and needs something gorgeous and interesting to take it to the next level.
Go to: Birdsall & Co.
Because: The South Broadway spot has a wide array of landscape accent pieces; it’s the only store in the country to carry Hungarian company Zinc’s contemporary fountains (pictured).
Don’t Miss… the selection of Japanese- and English-made heirloom gardening tools.
2870 S. Broadway, Englewood,
Problem: Your tiny apartment doesn’t leave a lot of room for foliage.
Go to: Urban Roots
Because: The small Golden Triangle shop just gets city living, and offers a wide variety of succulents, houseplants, and containers in a range of sizes. Bonus: Almost every product is sourced locally.
Don’t Miss… flower-inspired ceramics or geometric, wall-mounted planters—for a bit of botanical design inside.
1000 Acoma St., 303-893-4064, urbanrootsdenver.com
Problem: You’re never sure what to plant when, and your garden looks barren for half the season.
Go to: Wild Flowers
Because: Their annuals and perennials are locally grown (visit their Mother’s Day weekend plant sale for a wide selection), so you know they’ll do well in Colorado’s climate, and the folks at Wild Flowers will make sure you’re planting the right vegetation at the right time.
Don’t Miss… becoming a gardening expert (or, at least, a slightly greener thumb) by signing up for a hands-on class; offerings range from terrarium-building to garden design ($30–$50).
1201 Madison St., 303-333-4050, wildflowershome.com
Problem: You have limited space and want to focus on container gardening.
Go to: Tagawa Gardens
Because: You’re sure to find something no one else has: The 36-year-old garden center carries 150 unique container designs—and makes limited runs of each.
Don’t Miss… the chance to have the experts do the heavy lifting, courtesy of Tagawa’s custom container program. Staffers will plant, water, and fertilize your containers with the flowers of your choice and have them ready to pick up in late May.
7711 S. Parker Road, Centennial,
Problem: You want to try growing your own food—but know zilch.
Go to: City Floral
Because: The massive Montclair nursery grows almost all of its own veggies at its Golden facility, and its offerings include more than 100 types of tomatoes, a growing fruit shrub selection, and—perfect for patio gardens—mini vegetable plants.
Don’t Miss… the collection of homegrown roses (they have more than 180 varieties!), available starting in May.
1440 Kearney St., 303-399-1177,