For many people, spring is the time to start fresh. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the world is starting to bloom. One of the best ways to celebrate the season is by planting flowers. A colorful garden can add beauty to your home and provide a wonderful refuge from the stresses of daily life. Moreover, gardening can be a great way to get some exercise and connect with nature. There are many different types of flowers that can be planted in the springtime and each one has its own unique benefits.
When I’m not out combing the shelves at my local thrift store, I’m at the nursery. Here are some of my favorite flowers to plant.
Petunias can tolerate relatively harsh conditions and hot climates, but not frost. They need at least five hours of sunlight every day and flourish in moist soil and conditions of low atmospheric humidity. Watering once a week should be sufficient in most regions. Hanging baskets and other containers need more frequent watering. Maximum growth occurs in late spring.
Typically used as houseplants and in shaded summer beds, begonias have tropical and subtropical origins. Some are grown for their asymmetrical, patterned and variegated foliage, and others to add color to shady garden areas with their bright blooms.
Pericallis is a snap to grow. It thrives in full or partial sun and prefers a rich, slightly moist soil. When grown in containers use a commercial potting soil mix. Just remember that pericallis is heat-sensitive so plant it early when the temperatures are cool–they can tolerate temperatures as low as 35 degrees F. However, the plants do not like frost so protect them if an unexpected cold snap occurs. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Hot summer weather will stop the flower show. Replace them with heat-loving annuals after they fade.
Tulips are the most colorful of all spring flowers. They are also one of the easiest flowers you’ll ever grow. Just plant the bulbs in fall for blossoms the following spring. There are hundreds of beautiful tulips to choose from, in enough colors, shapes, sizes and bloom times to inspire every gardener’s creativity. Whether you plant them in groups of 10 or 1000, tulips always put on an impressive show.
There are many different types of flowers that can be planted at this time of year. Each type of flower has its own unique benefits, so it’s important to choose the right kind for your needs. If you’re looking for something beautiful to add to your garden or landscape, consider planting some flowers in the springtime!
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