Springtime is here which means it’s time to bring out your green thumb and start bringing life back into your garden! We all know there are certain timeframes for flowers that will allow them to grow to their greatest potential, so knowing when to plant and what to plant at the right time is crucial for the life of your garden.

1. Hyacinth

Also known as “nature’s perfume”, their fragrance is very strong and can be smelt from far away. These flowers come back year after year, so all you have to do is worry about maintaining the soil and plants when they grow. Each bulb grows up to 8-10 inches in length and are an array of colors ranging from violet, blue, lilac, pink and cream. You’ll want to plant these in a location that will get a lot of sun, but partial shade is okay. These should be planted in the autumn time as they do need colder temperatures to get started growing underground. Fortunately, these come back year after year, so once they’re planted they will continue to come back.

2. Hellebore

This is also known as the “Lenten Rose”, they are different shades of pink, red, purple, green, yellow and white. You’ll want to plant these are the first sight of spring and keep them very well watered to keep them thriving. After the first season of them, water isn’t a big deal and they are able to go long periods of time without water.

3. Stonecrop

Also known as “Sedum”, or “Ice Plant”, these are tiny clumps of tiny pink flowers that will thrive in sections of your garden that might not be tolerable by most plants. They grow the best in rocky areas with low soil fertility. They also don’t need a lot of watering, as they can go very long time without being watered. These flowers are very on attracting pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

4. Daylily

These are the least maintenance plants, they can grow with whatever environment you put them in. For darker colored daylily’s, you’ll want to choose a shady part of your garden because the shade helps the flower maintain the color of the flower.

5. Pansies

These are probably one of the more common flowers you see at the store already booming when it’s time to start gardening. Pansies are annuals, and are planted each year, which means they don’t come back and need to be replanted.

6. Hydrangea

This plant needs plenty of space to grow and thrive. They are large bulbs with circle shaped clusters and will brighten your garden wherever you put them. It is ideal to plant them in autumn, but early spring is still an option, the earlier the better. These plants bloom best in a space where there is morning sun but afternoon shade. Make sure you keep these well watered!

7. Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are well known for their honey-like fragrance and bright colors. These should be plants in the very late winter or early spring so they can germinate in cool temperatures and be ready to pop up fully colored in the beginning of the springtime. Cutting down stalks periodically will encourage new blossoms.

8. Dahlia

These are the most popular flower for flower-lovers. These bloom in the late summer/ early fall, but in order to have them bloom at that time they must be planted in mid-spring. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into because the size of them range from button sized to plate sized. Do not water until you see the plant start blooming from the soil you planted it in. In mid Summer, the flowers should begin to bloom.

9. Marigold

Marigold’s are known for their bright orange colors, and thrive best in fertilized soil which is in a full direct sunlight. Fun fact, these are natural mosquito repellents.

10. Petunias

These are most often seen in hanging porch baskets, but you can absolutely plant them in the ground. These vibrant colors have a long life and don’t start dying off until late Summer.

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