~ Spring is here, most of us have time now and it is time to start thinking about planting. World affairs are new, transformative, especially if you are affected and staying home, like me! Yet, it does not mean you can not have a little fun thinking about all the beautiful flowers you could have blooming in your garden when the weather finally gets warmer.
Spring is the season for flowers. At the start of the season, just around the end of March, pretty much everything still looks bare, as it has done all winter. By mid-April, the garden landscape will be transformed into a painting canvas of flowers and new green growth. Deciduous trees will show the signs of leaf buds, and flowers will be blossoming across your whole garden.
So which flowers should you plant to make your garden look stunning, both front and back?
Pansies are a great spring choice, especially for people who live in northern climes. The reason? Pansies have a knack of coping with cooler temperatures and can survive the frost. What is more exciting than their leaves and flowers are edible and will brighten not only your landscape but your culinary dishes as well. One of my lovely readers mentioned that pansies seem to be smiling at us. I love that analogy and totally agree. They send secret uplifting messages and inspire us to go through our daily lives with joy.
Without exception, the most common Narcissus species found growing throughout America today, are white and yellow head flowers. From November to April they wildly pop up inside the preservation areas, or they can be happily gracing your own driveway or sidewalk. The genus Narcissus encompasses dozens of species, hybrids, varieties, and forms. Jonquils, Daffodils, Paperwhites are the most popular varieties of Narcissus. As a child, I heard this fairy tale and now as an adult, I relate it to the people I know. Still, shake my head in disbelief that this specific character traits did not change much since ancient historic times and became even more prevalent with modern social media exposure. Nowadays, Narcissus humans pop up everywhere. According to classical mythology, a young lad Narcissus was so enamored with himself that he stared at his reflection in a pool of water until he eventually turned into his namesake flower. And this is how Narcissus flowers came into being! Now tell me if you know anyone around you acting as this flower? I can certainly name a few.
Cherry Blossoms are some of the most beautiful flowers, coming in bright colors. The Cherry Blossom tree in full bloom, during the arrival of spring, is one of the most beautiful sights to behold. When we resided in Maryland these trees were boasting all over the state and their flower petals would cover the ground as of pinkish white snow. It sure is magical to witness nature’s creativity. Cherry blossom is used to decorate civic spaces, including the White House gardens in Washington. Yearly locals come out to see the blooms in its finest form in Washington and enjoy the stroll amongst them. They are quite easy to take care of. I even have to admit that I didn’t do very much to help the tree flourish. It just performed its duty all by itself.
Prized for their showy, often fragrant flowers, and ease of cultivation, lilies are among the most popular of garden plants. You can purchase and plant bulbs in the spring or fall. Most lilies do best in sunny locations with well-drained soil. For a nonstop flower show, combine early bloomers like Asiatics with mid-season Orientals and late-blooming trumpet lilies. Real estate exports like Drew Fasy suggest using flowers and other plants to make the front of your home more attractive to buyers. I trully agree with that idea. This perennial is an ideal choice if you are trying to flip your property in the chilly winter months Lilies are one of the earliest blooming flowers out there. The show begins as soon as the daffodils and tulips fade, and they stay flowering for weeks. It seems like a wonderful color trade-off.
The dainty crocus pushes through the snow to put on a show of colorful revival. If you are not planting this perennial spring flower, you are missing an early season of delight. Crocus stands out against the bleak late-winter landscape. Many have strong perfumes that lure bees out of their hives in February or March. This flower provides vivid garden color and comes back year after year with minimum care, for an ever-larger display. As Wild animals, such as deer, squirrels, and rabbits rarely bother crocus flowers, which is a big plus, in my book.
Make it a green day, my dear friends, filled with inspiring ideas, safety, light and hope