For some March 1 is the first day of spring, but others claim that today which is the vernal equinox should be regarded as the commencement of this season. Whichever date you prefer the important point for gardeners is that we can at last start to enjoy our hobby again. If you need some inspiration on ways to make the most of your garden this spring read this article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
Whether you’re dreaming of planting colorful flowers, picking homegrown fruits and veggies or creating your own backyard retreat, early spring is the perfect time get started on the garden. Here are 10 ideas for planting, planning and organizing that will set you up to enjoy it this season and next.
1. Plant spring-blooming perennials. For an instant garden pick-me-up, purchase spring-flowering perennials from the nursery that are just beginning to bud and plant them in garden beds. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) make a romantic cottage garden combination in beds that receive full sun to partial shade.
2. Create a spring container. Cheer up your entryway with a sunny container combination of mixed bulbs, pink primroses and lavender violas. Many nurseries stock potted daffodils, crocuses, tulips and grape hyacinths this time of year that are already sprouted and ready to take home.
You can carefully transplant the potted bulbs or just sink them (nursery container and all) into a larger container for your spring display. After the flowers fade, remove the bulb container and replace with warm-season perennials.3. Rethink your sidewalk planting. Increase curb appeal with a sidewalk planting of shrubs, perennials or grasses. A simple repeating pattern works well for narrow planting beds, like the strip that runs between the sidewalk and fence.