Landscaping: What Should You Plant This Spring?

Woman Planting Seedlings In Bed In The GardenSpring is here. For many landscapes, this means  clearing away dead plants and getting ready for the start of the growing season. Depending on the hand that winter dealt you and your selection in plantings, you might be looking at a little or a lot of work to get ready for spring. As you clean up the grounds and gardens, now’s a great time to think about what you should be planting in spring to make sure to get the most out of it.

Flowers to Plant in the Spring

When it comes to flowers, it’s about bringing perennials back to life, and deciding what annuals to plant. Regardless of which type you fancy, here is what to plant during the various times of spring.

  • Early Spring: Crocuses, Pansies, Early Season Daffodils, Scillas, Pussy Willows, and Forsythias.
  • Mid Spring: Tulips, Rhododendrons, Most Daffodils, Azaleas, Hyacinths, and Primroses.
  • Late Spring: Lilacs, Spiraea, Peonies, Irises, Lily of the Valley, and Bluebells.

Vegetables to Plant in the Spring

Looking to work in your home garden, or get a community garden up to snuff? It’s time to plant your veggies. Below are some of the most popular choices when it comes to edible plants that can start in spring. Many of these plants will also grow in fall. If you’re looking to really supersize your vegetable garden, check out our blog, Landscaping for Better Homegrown Produce.

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Kale

Seeding and Lawn Care in Spring

If you’re in New England, your lawn will generally be a cool season grass. As such, spring isn’t the best time to seed your lawn. Your timeframe should be in late summer, from around mid-August to mid-September. This will be the best time to apply seed for a balding or damaged lawn. However, this is a time to start on lawn care, such as mowing and seeding. Check out our blog, Six Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Spring, for more details.

Shrub and Tree Care in Spring

Spring is the time many of your bushes and trees will bounce back after shedding leaves and hibernating through winter. For many plants, pruning right before their spring growth periods can improve flowering. If your shrubs and trees are mostly for foliage or they bloom on new growth, this is the time to prune. Likewise, many flowering trees can be planted in spring for best growth. Dogwoods, Magnolia trees, Redbud trees, and ornamental Cherry and Crabapple trees are just a few.

Want a hand getting ready for spring? Greener Horizon can help. Not only is spring the start of our landscape design and build season, but also when we open up our landscape supply store. We also provide seasonal lawn and garden management for larger estates, as well as grounds management for apartment communities, condominiums & homeowners associations. Contact us for assistance in getting your landscape ready for spring with maintenance and planting for both your commercial and residential needs.