These Flowers Will Make Your Spring Garden The Envy Of All Your Neighbors
Missy aka Tizzy
Nature and Travel
On 20th March 2018
Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of year. The trees are filling in with their beautiful leaves and flowers. People's gardens begin to bloom, and you might be just a bit envious of their green thumbs. But, you do not have to be. Spring flowers are much easier than you would expect. Here is a list of our favorite flowers you can plant this Spring.
I am starting this list off with one of my personal favorite flowers, gladiolas. I used to live near a gladiola farm, and after their big harvest, they would let us come and pull up the leftover flowers from the bulbs. If you get your gladiolas this way, you will have to split the bulbs as they do multiply before planting them. Or, you can buy the bulbs at Walmart or Home Depot, any place that sells gardening supplies. You want to plant them 4-6 inches deep in the ground and about 3 inches apart. Make sure they are planted where they will get direct sunlight, and do not plant them until after the last frost. The ground needs to be warm. They do take around eight weeks to flower, but once they do, you will be in love. They have such a wide variety of colors, and if you like having fresh cut flowers in your home, these are perfect for that. These will continue to bloom all the way into the fall.
Pansies are probably the easiest flowers to grow in your garden. I like to use these to border my garden as they tend to spread out some. You can pick up these flowers at any place that sells gardening supplies and plant them after the last frost. Dig a three to four-inch hole in your soil, fill it with water, then split the soil and roots around the bottom of your flowers, and put it down in your watered hole. Fill in the area around the base of the flowers. They grow well in full sun or part shade. If you live in a very hot area, I would suggest planting them in a partly shaded area.
Hyacinths grow best in clusters so you can get the full scent of them in your garden. You can plant the bulbs around other tall blooming flowers or keep them together in boxes or around trees or even your mailbox. Plant them in full or partial sun with. You want the pointed side of the bulb up and need to put them at least three times their width deep in the ground. Spread them about five inches apart from each other. If you are putting them in pots, they can be planted closer together as they will not need room to multiply. These will bloom all the way into winter. Once they stop, be sure to trim off the tops so they can grow back again next year.
If you want tulips in the Spring, you need to plan ahead. You want to plant your bulbs in the fall after the first frost but before the ground freezes. Dig a six-inch hole and put your bulb in with the pointy side up and cover. If your soil is dry, be sure to water it. Planting your tulips in a row looks a bit unnatural, so try planting them in clusters of at least five bulbs. These flowers are great for the edges of your yard or your walkways. They come in many colors, so each Spring will be full of amazing colors.
Do you live near the beach? These stunning shrubs are just what you need because they can easily tolerate the salty air surrounding them. They can grow in full or part sun and in any type of soil. You want a hole that is as deep as the root ball and two to three times as wide. Put the plant in the hole and fill it halfway up with soil. Then pour in water. Once the water has saturated, you can fill the hole in the rest of the way. If you are planting more than one, keep them at least three feet apart.
Daffodils are another flower that grows best and looks most impressive when they are in clusters. We suggest planting them sporadically at least three inches apart. You want to plant these in the fall a couple of weeks before your area is due to freeze. Or, you can wait until you can find blooms and transfer them to your garden. Just be sure to get the bulb and all when transplanting. These are another great flower for bordering your walkway, surrounding the base of a tree, filling a planter box, or for around your mailbox.
Petunias are probably the easiest flowers to grow in the Spring. You could start from seeds, but it is much easier to buy small plants and transplant them. You can grow them in your garden, a hanging basket, or a flower box. They tend to spread out, so be sure to give them some space. These flowers love the light, and your flower colors will be brighter because of this. If you live in a particularly windy area, you might want to plant them close to a wall to prevent wind damage as the flowers are quite delicate.
Growing spirea shrubs is incredibly easy. They can grow just about anywhere. You can plant these at the start of Spring in full sun or light shade. You will want to surround the base of the shrub with mulch to keep the moisture in the soil. They make a great addition right smack center of your garden. Make sure you prune your spirea shrubs once the flowers are gone so they grow back with no issues the following season.
Zinnias are easy, grow fast, and produce some big gorgeous blooms. They only bloom once, so if you love them, you will have to plant them again each year. They are a great flower for cutting and bringing them inside if you love fresh flowers around your home. You do not want to buy starts as they do not transfer well. Instead, get seeds. Sow your seeds 1/4 inch deep in the ground and 4 to 24 inches apart depending on the bloom you get. The back of your seed package will tell you what you need to know about your blooms. Seeds begin to sprout in less than a week. When flowers die, be sure to deadhead (break off the dead flower) them so they may continue to bloom throughout the season.
Primrose can be grown from a seed or as a transplant. If you are buying a transplant, be sure to find a healthy plant that preferably has buds that have not opened yet. They should be planted in a lightly shaded area that has plenty of soil drainage. Plant them 6 to 2 inches apart and 4 to 6 inches deep in the soil. Water them really well after planting them and surround your plants with mulch to help the soil retain their moisture. As they grow, be sure to prune off any dead flowers and leaves so they continue to bloom through the season.