It’s Time for a Spring Garden

Posted on March 20, 2021 by Andrea Forsberg

 It’s Time for a Spring Garden

Though this winter hasn’t been quite as grueling as in years past, we know there’s a bit of time left before we can get our hands dirty in the yard. However, planning ahead is crucial to our short season. Spring is on its way, even in the U.P.


The following tips can help you get ready for the season and bring some early color to your garden and patio.


Get the Garden Ready


Taking the time to do some early spring garden preparation will help lay the foundation for a beautiful garden you can enjoy all summer long. Though we still have a bit of time before the snow is in our rearview mirror, we can plan ahead for what to do come June.


  • Check for new spring growth. Make sure you know where tender new growth is popping up before you begin working in the garden.


  • Prepare the beds. Move mulch away from perennials to give them space to breathe. Remove any winter debris and dead leaves.


  • Divide perennials to encourage healthy growth and flowering and as a budget-friendly way to add more flowers.


  • Apply fresh mulch. Applying mulch now before the weeds arrive can cut down on your weeding later in the season.


  • Clean up garden and patio hardscape areas. It’s time to freshen up your lawn furniture and container pots to make them outdoor season-ready.


Mix in Hardy Annuals With Bulbs


Mix some hardy annuals with your spring bulbs to bring a splash of color to your garden. Adding dianthus, snapdragons, and sweet pea vines to your garden or container pots can help bridge the time until your tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulbs are ready to show their colors. Primroses, pansies, and sweet alyssum are also great options for mixing in with bulbs in the garden.


Add Flowering Shrubs or Trees


Adding flowering shrubs and trees to your garden design adds texture to the garden and provides you with colorful spring flowers. Options such as elderberry and forsythia are ideal for cooler climates. Viburnum not only provides showy white flowers in the spring; they also have bright berries to add interest to your garden throughout the summer.


Add a Spring Container


Adding flowering containers is an easy way to add an early splash of color to your garden or patio.  Cool-season annuals such as nasturtium, violas, pansies, and snapdragons can be potted in hanging baskets and planters. If the temperatures at night are too cool, the plants can easily be brought into the garage or shed.


Stop by Flower Works to check out our spring bulb plants for your garden. We have daffodils, hyacinths, and others to add a pop of color to your spring garden. Don’t forget we have a beautiful assortment of container pots in our greenhouse that are a perfect way to brighten your patio. Stop by our store or contact us at (906) 273-1335

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