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Ahhh Springtime! It’s time to open the windows to let the fresh air in but best of all, time to start planning out your garden or planters. The best part about spring is watching the plants return to life, and seeing gardens bursting with new greenery. Some flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, need to be sown in the fall so they bloom in the spring. There are plenty of other beautiful blooms that can be planted in March, April, or May. Here are a few of the best flowers to plant in the spring!
Pansies are annual flowers. They need to be replanted every year. They thrive in full sunlight, but they’re tolerant of cold temperatures, as well. Plus, they come in a lovely range of colors, including yellow, orange, red, purple, white, and more.
Marigolds are an annual that’s quite easy to grow from seed. They germinate quickly and bloom within a few months, and they’ll keep flowering all season long. They come in orange, yellow, and red.
Petunias are another popular spring flower thanks to their long blooming season. While most people will treat them as annuals, those in warmer climates may be able to have them come back the following year. Petunias come in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and blue, and they’re easiest to grow as transplants, frequently being used in hanging baskets or as garden borders.
Zinnias are annuals that come in a wide range of colors and feature rows upon rows of petals, and they grow best from seed, typically sprouting in less than a week. You can attract lots of butterflies to your garden by planting zinnias, which feature bold, colorful blooms on a single stem.
When planted in the spring, sunflowers will typically bloom in mid to late summer. Just be sure to give them ample room to grow and a location that gets several hours of direct sunlight per day.
Sweet peas are trickier to grow than other spring flowers. These climbing annuals have a lovely appearance and an even nicer fragrance. You’ll want to plant seeds as soon as the soil is dry enough to work with. Sweet peas take longer to germinate, and once they start growing, be sure to give them good support to climb up.
Hydrangeas are a popular low-maintenance. They are flowering shrubs with large round bloom clusters, commonly in shades of blue, purple, and white. You can transplant hydrangeas into your garden in the spring. You’ll want to choose a spot that receives partial sunlight. The perennial shrub will come back in subsequent years when cared for properly.
Fragrant pink, magenta and white morning glory blooms are a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. They are drought-tolerant plants that will thrive if you give them an arch or trellis to climb up. You can plant morning glory seeds in late spring once the ground has warmed up (keep the seeds away from pets, though, as they’re toxic), and be sure to give them plenty of space. These climbing plants can grow up to 12 feet in one season!
In general, the end of March or the beginning of April is the earliest you should start planting, but it’s always a good idea to check when the last frost is predicted to hit your area. Once you’re sure freezing-cold nights are behind you, it’s time to grab a spade and start beautifying your gardens. Which of the best flowers to plant in the spring are you doing this year?
Happy Spring babes!