According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring us nearly upon us. Are you noticing the weather warming, the lilting chirp of baby birds, and the array of beautiful flowers sprouting all around….except in your yard? Oops! Did you forget to plant bulbs in the fall? Yeah… me too.
The good news is that we can still makeover our gardens and receive a striking buffet of color by Easter. Brush off the vestiges of winter and bring some color and curb appeal to your home in one day!
Here are 7 flowers that you can plant in the spring and enjoy throughout the spring and summer months.
Lilac is one of the most popular garden plants with its sweet fragrance and beautiful flowers. Lilac shrubs should be planted in spring and they come in different shapes, sizes and colors. They can grow from 5 to 15 feet tall, depending on the variety. The fragrant flowers are good for cutting and attractive to butterflies. Lilacs prefer full sun and well drained soil.
My personal favorite fragrance and present in many perfumes. If you’re a gardener who loves scent, you’ll flip for tuberose. This bulb produces tall flower spikes with numerous tubular blooms and a fragrance that is rich, sultry and seductive. Tuberose bulbs are best planted in early spring, but this requires a warm climate with a growing season at least 4 months long. Tuberose needs well-draining, highly nutritious soil. Plant in a location that gets full sun for about 6-8 hours during the day.
With their bright cheerful “faces”, cool weather is just what pansy prefers. It is one of the best flowers to plant in spring. They have one of the widest ranges of colors and bi-colors including yellow, gold, orange, purple, violet, red, white, and even near-black (very dark purple). Pansies typically display large showy face markings. Pansy grow well in sunny or partially sunny positions in well-draining soils.
Boasting large flowers in bright colors such as orange, red, yellow and pink. Begonias are the perfect flower to add in your garden and make it stunning in summer. Begonias are annuals and do not like frost in the spring or fall. Set them out in containers, hanging baskets, or your flowerbed after all risk of frost has past. Begonias thrive in a range of sunlight from full sun to shade. They like rich, loose and fertile soil which drains well.
Charming, trumpet-shaped flowers blooming in white, yellow, pink or red. Known for their delightful aroma and lovely look, these distinct flowers bloom all summer long. Calla lilies should be planted in loose, well-drained soil. They prefer to be located in full sun or partial shade in warmer climates.
Sunflowers are beautiful perennials that will add height and color to every garden. They also attract birds and butterflies. Most sunflowers are remarkably tough and easy to grow as long as the soil is not waterlogged. Most are heat- and drought-tolerant. Find a well-drained location with direct sun (6 to 8 hours per day).
Petunias are wonderful flowers for spring and summer. Multiflora petunias have smaller, but more abundant flowers and are ideal for summer bedding or in a mixed border (because they are more tolerant to wet weather). It’s best to buy transplants and plant them in light, well-drained soil in full sun after the last spring frost. Petunias can grow in partial shade, but they will have fewer flowers.
So many colors to choose from! Spend one day in the yard pulling out the sad remains of last year’s plants and introduce your garden to some of these dazzling blooms. With only a few hours of work you can make your home instantly more engaging to buyers. This will boost the curb appeal of your home and remind your neighbors that they forgot to plant bulbs in the fall too!
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