Are you one of those gardeners that check the ground obsessively for signs of life from the first mild day in February onward? Spring fever seems to affect gardeners more severely than others, and the remedy is to get more and earlier flowers in your landscape. Follow these tips to get more blooms out of our your garden than ever before.
The colder the climate, the more anxious gardeners are for signs of spring in the landscape. Planting very early bloomers can make you feel like you’ve cheated part of winter, because these hardy bulbs may begin to bloom when the holiday decorations are just coming down. If your digging arm ran out of steam after planting the first bag of fifty tulips last fall, your spring flower show may not be as lush as you wanted it to be. Interplant your large bulbs, like tulips,daffodils, and hyacinths, with cold-hardy annuals. The resulting look will resemble a gardening magazine spread or public garden display you have admired.
We lastly suggest including flowering shrubs. When creating a flowering landscape, follow the garden design principle of starting with trees, then shrubs, then plants. Shrubs not only give the garden texture and dimension, but many also offer reliable spring flowers for sunny or shady situations. Azaleas herald the arrival of spring in many southern gardens, and forsythia does the same in temperate climates.
If the thought of a plain green shrub amidst your flowers doesn’t thrill you, choose a shrub that displays bright berries after its flowers fall, like viburnum. You can also look for newer cultivars of old favorites that have variegated foliage, like daphne ‘Marginata’ in warm climates or elderberry 'Madonna’ in cold climates.
If you're interested in wanting to add some fun and color into your spring garden, we would be glad to help. Feel free to Email us!