Make your front or backyard a floral oasis this spring with this guide to creating your own spring flower garden.
Start Your Spring Flower Garden
- Plan ahead for bulbs. Plant bulbs for spring flowering about six weeks before hard ground frosts in your area to allow lots of time for the roots to develop. Choose large bulbs and plant them in an area with good drainage that will receive full or partial sun. Also, choose bulbs beyond the traditional tulips. Good options for bright colors year after year include daffodils, irises, crocuses, lilies, wolf’s bane, dahlias and gladiolus.
- Plant a wide variety of flowers to keep color in your garden. Check your planting zones to make sure your plans include flowers that will thrive in your climate. A little planning ahead can ensure that you'll have beautiful flowers blooming from the first of spring to the first frost in the fall.
- Mix annuals in the midst of your perennials to fill in gaps and add fresh vitality to your garden every year. Instead of relying on the same annuals you always use, try to incorporate some different varietals. Annuals are also perfect choices for hanging baskets and containers. Add terrific, bold color with options like cornflower, marigolds, diascia, larkspur, lobelia, nasturtium and petunias.
- Incorporate a few rosebushes into your garden this year, and enjoy the gorgeous sensory experience of roses this spring and summer. No spring garden is complete without a few roses. Don’t be intimidated by this most beautiful of flowers.
- Cut back last year’s plant material and ornamental grasses to make room for fresh growth. You can put dead trimmings in your compost pile.
- Get control of weeds early to prevent future problems. Weeds start early in the season, so getting a grip on them now will save you a lot of work later in the spring. Get them out of your garden as soon as you spot them.
- Prepare your soil for planting. Remove existing vegetation, and then spread 2 or 3 inches of compost over the bed. Turn the soil over to a depth of about 8 inches and rake it level.
- Maintain clear boundaries between the garden and the lawn early, since grass grows vigorously in early spring. To prevent having to edge many times throughout the season, consider creating a permanent border with stones or other pre-made materials.
- Plan ways to enjoy your outdoor oasis. Incorporate outdoor furniture, ponds or other outdoor spaces to create comfortable places for your family to hang out and enjoy the beautiful flowers.
- Include the entire family in the gardening project. From tilling the soil to pulling the weeds, gardening can be a great way for the family to bond.