The frost is melting away, the sweaters are going back into storage, and tiny blooms are dotting the neighborhood landscaping. We know you’re geared up for spring—so what about your garden?
We’re here to give you six garden options, hand selected from our list of favorite annuals, perennials, and tropicals.
As the name implies, annual plant species grow for a single season.
What’s the pro if you need to replant each year? Here it is: Most annuals can be grown outside of their native zones and most require little care.
The bonus? These plants allow you to adjust your garden each season to showcase various colors and varieties each year.
Geraniums are extremely popular bedding plants for any garden and a great starting bloom for novice gardeners. You may have seen them indoors, outdoors, and in hanging baskets.
If you grow them outdoors, they need moist, well-draining soil like that of indoor potting soil. And no matter whether they’re inside or out, place geraniums in areas that receive at least six to eight hours of sunlight.
The beautiful, cool-hued pansy is a favorite “cool-weather annual.”
Starting in early spring, pansies flower best in full sun to partial shade, but they stay vibrant longer if they’re grown in partial shade. Water them regularly to have them last longer—yet note that they still won’t last all season.
Some of our favorite pansy varieties include the Bingo Series, the Cool Wave Series, and the Freefall Series.
When perennials receive proper care, they thrive and flower for many years. As the colder months roll through, perennials become dormant, waiting to come back into full bloom in the spring.
As perennials live a long time, they don’t need produce many seeds to survive. In fact, once they are planted and well established, they need minimal upkeep.
A shasta daisy can cheer up anyone’s day. These classic perennials have a more robust cousin, but these mini-blooms are just so easy to grow!
Make sure that you plant shasta daisies in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in areas that receive full sun. Water them thoroughly and remember that many of the taller shasta daisies may need support, including staking.
Often boasting trumpeting flowers, lilies bring great visual variety to your garden. Numerous types of lilies are available in almost every color, except for blue.
When planting lilies, chose a site with full sun and well-drained soil. The best lily blooms come from applying a thin layer of compost followed by a two-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
It’s no secret that the south loves tropical plants. Most of our southern coastal cities are filled to the brim with these lush greens. Bring tropicals into your spring garden for a vacationesque feel.
A Hawaiian favorite, the tropical hibiscus brings a lively vibe to every home. If you provide plenty of sunshine and water them generously, you will grow nonstop hibiscus flowers throughout the growing season.
Don’t limit yourself to just one color: Blooms come in warm yellows, oranges, and even cool purple tones. And to sweeten the deal, they will thrive in your container garden!
Thanks to their palm-like appearance, the Hawaiian-native cordyline is the picture-perfect representative of the tropics.
Growing in an array of beautiful and bright colors, cordylines are great options for people who love variety. Most sure your cordyline has evenly moist soil with partial shade to full sun.
Ready to Dig In?
Now that you know what to grow, you may wonder what tools and accessories you need to plant. Your local garden or hardware store, including Lowe’s, will have helpful associates that can answer any question you have when it comes to spring gardening indoors and out.
And if you are looking to start a collection of pretty potted florals, look no further than our expertly crafted Seville Farms Container Gardening Guide! It includes container size, soil examples, and design tips—everything you need to get started.