Thought I’d get spring fever back on track and share some spring gardening ideas! Check out 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden This Spring, first shared by Houzz Contributor & landscape designer, Lauren Dunec Hoang!
1. Plant spring-blooming perennials.
For an instant garden pick-me-up, purchase spring-flowering perennials from the nursery that are just beginning to bud and plant them in garden beds.
2. Create a spring container.
Cheer up your entryway with a sunny container combination of mixed bulbs, pink primroses and lavender violas. Many nurseries stock potted daffodils, crocuses, tulips and grape hyacinths this time of year that are already sprouted and ready to take home. You can carefully transplant the potted bulbs or just sink them (nursery container and all) into a larger container for your spring display.
After the flowers fade, remove the bulb container and replace with warm-season perennials.
3. Rethink your sidewalk planting.
Increase curb appeal with a sidewalk planting of shrubs, perennials or grasses. A simple repeating pattern works well for narrow planting beds, like the strip that runs between the sidewalk and fence.
4. Check in on your landscape’s water use.
As we move into warmer weather, now is a great time to revisit how much water you used for your landscape in previous years.
5. Add a handy garden tool station.
Re-purpose a mailbox as a spot for stashing your most-used garden tools, like pruning shears, a trowel, gloves and twine. Tuck the tool station close to beds that most frequently need work — like vegetable patches, flower beds or shrubs that require frequent shearing — and you’ll be thankful to have your go-to tools within reach.
6. Plant summer-blooming bulbs.
Add color and drama to garden borders by incorporating summer-flowering bulbs, including those with tubers, corms and rhizomes.
Here are a few to try this year: dahlia (Dahlia ‘Chilson’s Pride’ and ‘Jitterbug’), Abyssinian sword lily (Gladiolus murielae), dense blazing star (Liatris spicata), Asiatic and Oriental lily (Lilium asiatic and L. orientalis) and canna (Canna spp.).
Many of these summer-flowering bulbs begin to come into their prime as spring flowers fade, and they will reward you with months of blooms.
7. Find a secluded garden nook and make it your own.
Dust off your garden furniture, tuck a cushion and a throw blanket under your arm, and spend an afternoon simply enjoying your spring garden.
8. Get your warm-season edible garden started.
After the last frost, plant seedlings of basil, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, melons, parsley, peppers, squash and tomatoes in garden beds that receive at least four to six hours of daily sun.
9. Start the seeds for a meadow garden.
Early spring, after the last frost has passed and when the soil is beginning to warm up, can be a perfect time to start a meadow garden.
For the best results, choose a spot in full sun to partial shade and take the time to prep the soil a bit before planting.
10. Plan for larger garden projects.
Spring can be a good time to take a step back and revisit larger-scale items on your garden wish list. Perhaps this is the year to build raised beds, repair a damaged deck or install rain barrels or solar panels. Use spring fever to fuel your momentum to make them happen.