Spring is the ideal time to plant colorful flowers. The appropriately named "Forget-me-not" (Myosotis) flower is in good company with the likes of Viola pansies, aster, primula (Polyanthus), tulips, petunias, helleborus, bergenia, bellis, wallflower (Erysimum), and torenia.
If you don’t have the area in your garden for some spring flowers or the space at your entrance for a feature pot, maybe a hanging basket filled with spring color is the option for you. Hanging baskets can look amazing when planted with colorful flowers and are great hung at eye height.
When deciding what flowers to plant in the spring, it’s great to be able to go to your local nurseries and buy plants that are already in flower. It’s good to mix and match different plants to achieve a pleasing combination before purchasing.
Make sure you have the number of plants you’re after worked out before shopping, rather than buying what you like and trying to find spots for them once home. This can save you money.
Need more plants? Dig up and divide some of your favourite perennials that have filled out since planting.
Attack pests with spray-on insecticides. The low-toxic ones may require more frequent application, but other systemic insecticides absorb into the plant’s system and continue to be effective against pests over a longer period of time. Make sure to spray the underside of the leaves as well as the top, to ensure effective eradication of pests.
Spring is also a good time to tend to indoor plants. You'll want to cut off dead leaves and flower heads.
Check for indoor plant diseases that may have developed due to reduced sunlight, overwatering, or cold droughts. Some common diseases are gray mold (botrytis), powdery mildew, and leaf spots.
To treat them, either prune the affected leaves or parts of the plant, or wipe off the mold with a damp cloth. Then, spray the plant with a fungicide.
Prune flowering plants in the spring so you can establish the desired shape and size before they start developing their flower buds towards summer. Also, trim evergreen hedging plants. By trimming now as they come to the end of their dormancy period, they will be encouraged to shoot vibrant new growth, which will have plenty of time to harden off before next winter.
This post was written by the editors at Homes to Love. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.
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