Interior and Exterior Landscaping · Plants and Flowers

Spring Plantings!

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Well, Winter has (WAY) overstayed its welcome.

And SPRING? Yes, well, Spring is a bit too fashionably late for my liking.

I went to Google for help on defining Spring and Google said this:

“the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November.
“in spring the garden is a feast of blossom”

Notice the definition: “in spring the garden is a feast of blossom”

I have not yet seen said “feast”, friends.  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

We had two lovely Spring days this week which have been a delight.  I took advantage of the sunshine and installed a few spring window boxes.  Here they are!

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Window boxes and container gardens are not as predominant in the suburbs as they are in the city.  They offer a perfect way for urbanites to garden, which accounts for much of their popularity.

I designed many of them over the years of owned my landscape design company and continue to offer this as an added service to my clients. I’ll bet you did not know that!

Here are a few basic tips things to keep in mind as you create your planting:

Spring is a short season for florals.  Bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinth have blooms which are short-lived.  Plant an assortment and variety of bulbs which are at different growth stages. That way you have color emerging as plants pass their prime.

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The Pink Hyacinths are just coming into color and about to pop. I love them: They are deliciously fragrant!

The tete a tete daffodils are in the early bud stage and will bloom after the daffodils, adding a sunny yellow pop of color.

I planted immature tulips in the back which will bloom well after the hyacinth and daffodils have passed their prime. You cannot even see them in this photo.

Integrate a green plant so with texture (and even fragrance) to keep your design unique and unpredictable: See the Rosemary?

Pansies are a must have in my spring designs because they are one of the few cold-weather annuals which provide continual color throughout the season.  As the weather gets hot, they need to be replaced as they get “leggy”.

Next? Lets have a look at the containers.

The Hyacinth is the star here with an understudy of tulips which will bloom right after. Phlox adds another element of color which will soon be a blanket of lavender and the grass keeps it interesting when the blooms pass.

For more ideas or questions, or to hire me to design your containers, email me at livinglovelier@gmailcom.

Sparkle on, Friends.

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