Preparing for Spring Flowering Plants

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We are still in winter but soon spring will follow. Though you need to prepare your garden beforehand for spring flowering plants.

The best time to prep your garden for the upcoming spring is when the weather is frost-free and winter is waiting.

Incorporating a few changes in your garden can prepare it to become a flowering garden in the spring.

This article discusses what you need to do in preparation for spring and what flowering plants should you buy right now to plant this season.

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Preparing for Spring Flowering Plants

Preparing Garden Beds

The warm season plants and crops are going to replace the cool season ones.

This is the right time to prep the garden beds which are now empty.

Otherwise prepping them when there are still plants in the ground poses a challenge and risk of damaging them.

This is the ideal time to improve your soil too.

After all, the nutrients from the last time you prepped it are already consumed by the previous plants.

Some of the nutrients leech away or decompose.

Therefore, no soil retains nutrients for so long, even the best one.

Soil needs a supply of inputs a few times a year to replenish the nutrients.

This is especially true for raised garden beds.

They are in a closed environment and nutrients will not show up automatically rather you have to put them in.

This is achievable through composting.

Add two-inch layer of compost to the top six inches using composted wood, rotten or shredded leaves.

You can also add an extra boost of organic slow-release nitrogen to the soil such as granular blood meal.

It does not leech through the season and slowly keeps releasing nitrogen to act as a fertilizer.

Composting helps to build the soil and improve its structure whereas, nitrogen becomes important for new plants.

Catch Weeds Earlier 

Catching weeds sooner in the season causes fewer problems later.

Hence, pick up anything by hand in the early season so that it reduces in quantity.

As you pull up the weeds there are fewer chances of it going to the seeds in summers.

Keep a weeding knife at hand, and pick up any problematic weeds as you are working on the soil.

Don’t leave it for later as your work will only increase then and the damage to your plants.

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What Else Do You Need to Prepare?

Pruning the Tree Branches 

If you have trees in your garden then they will time and again need pruning.

However, late winter and early spring are actually some of the best times to get annual pruning.

This is because you can see the tree canopy clearly before it grows leaves again.

This is the time whereby you can prevent the tree from becoming too crowded and also remove the branches that are dead or diseased.

If you will not do it at this time, then it will only become difficult to access it later on.

The tree’s health and appearance can greatly benefit from removing crossing branches, inward growing branches and the competing ones right before it leafs out.

This is hard to do on your own, hence you may need an arborist.

That may cost you some but the investment is worth it if you want healthier-looking bigger trees.

However, you may manage to prune small trees on your own.

Fertilizing shrubs and trees

The trees and shrubs need as much nutrition as the plants in garden beds.

Apply organic fertilizer to the root zone of the shrubs and trees.

Use the time in the early spring to introduce the nutrients back into the soil.

As new growth will come in the spring and summer, they will require even more nutrients.

Introducing nutrients back into the soil and giving a top dressing of these nutrients contributes to the vigor and sustainability of plants

Moreover, it sustains the trees, shrubs and overall landscape.

Hence, whenever you are improving the soil of the garden beds, it is also time to pay attention to your trees and shrubs so that your garden has a uniform look.

Do so with a generous amount of fertilizer so that your plants and overall garden flourish.

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Spring Flowering Plants and Bulbs

Once you are done with preparing your garden for springtime, you need to plant new flowers suited to grow from March to May.

These are usually spring-flowering shrubs or early perennials.

All of these types of plants are bound to make your garden vibrant and bright between March to May.

So, in order to add some color to your garden, what are the flowering plants that you should start planting now?

Let’s find out!

Lamprocapnos spectabilis

This flower is also known as a bleeding heart.

The name comes from its pink heart-shaped appearance as the flowers dangle from the stems elegantly.

The foliage forms neat clumps which die after flowering and is rather finely dissected unlike non-flowering plant that do not bear flowers.

Hence, that makes space for even more boisterous perennials.

They grow well in moist soil.

As well as need light shade to flourish.

Thus, they form a fine focal point for spring borders.

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Magnolia stellata

These plants are not at much risk of damage from frost.

Hence, they can grow easily in spring and plant before that.

These spidery flowers that are white in color leave a noticeable scent in the spring air.

Moreover, these are compact flowers that have a rather slow growth rate.

So, you can grow them in a small space if you have a small garden or wish to grow them in a container.

Due to their slow growth rate, they will take time to establish, around two years but the blossoming of the flowers is worth it.

Aubrieta

These can grow in the sun or also in semi-shade areas.

It also persists in exposed and windy sites and can grow well in well-maintained soil.

The flowers show their vibrancy in spring.

The semi-green foliage gets covered with flowers in spring that attracts pollinating insects from nearby areas.

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Other Spring Flowering Plants to Grow

Amelanchier lamarkii

These grow best in spring but have some prominence throughout the year.

It is a deciduous tree with branches that provide shade in summer and the foliage turns to rust and brown in autumn.

Its white frosty flowers grow in mid-spring.

It grows well in small and medium gardens.

Erica darleyensis

These are also known as Heathers and they start flowering from winters right through spring.

Some of these may require acid soil while others can persist in ericaceous conditions.

You can grow them in containers, garden beds, carpeting exposed banks, and rockeries.

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Prunus Kojo-no-mai

You may know this flowering plant by its other popular name: Cherry Blossom.

Cherry Blossoms usually represent spring and they are so important in certain parts of Asia that there are festivals held when they finally bloom.

Though the prunus kojo-no-mai is not a cherry tree but a small shrub.

The twisted bare stems make for interesting shapes during the winter.

As spring rolls in the branches are full of pink and white cherry flowers.

The light petals of the flowers flutter away in the cool spring breeze.

Moreover, the foliage turns crimson red in autumn.

So this shrub is for all seasons but will also grow the favorite cherry blossom in winters.

Clematis montana

This flowering plant is found on walls and fences, blooming in springs.

During May the pink blooms cover all the foliage that is bronze-colored in winters and autumn.

However, this climber is for big open spaces.

It cascades walls and fences which are open areas because it can grow as tall as 10 meters or 33 inches.

Though you can make its way through the canopy of a tree.

The best part about this climber is that it is a Group 1 clematis thus requiring minimal pruning.

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What Else You Can Grow?

Euphorbia Ruby Glow

This perennial grows in moist soil and in a sunny place whereby its colors will be the most prominent.

The flowers are chartreuse green that grown on ruby red foliage and beetroot red stems.

The foliage turns black back in winters and the new shoots in spring are contrasting in red color.

Plus it also self-seeds if there is enough space.

Hence, resulting in dense swathes.

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Brunnera 

This perennial has silver heart-shaped leaves that add beauty to your garden.

Plus the metallic sheen adds a glow and spark to the otherwise colorful garden.

The foliage of this perennial is pretty enough to take a place in a home garden.

However, it also has sky blue flowers from April to May.

What’s more the perennial and its flowers make a good ground cover to brighten up a shaded area.

Forsythia 

Throughout the year, this shrub has green leaves, though as spring arrives, flowers also bloom.

This deciduous shrub has bright golden yellow flowers.

Plus, these shrubs are resilient enough to almost grow anywhere except for poorly drained and wet conditions.

Prune as soon after flowering so there is enough time to see new shoots next year.

Finally, 

You have plenty of spring flowering plants that may persist throughout the year and show foliage but will bloom only in spring.

Spring is the season of blooming again after dry and stagnant winters.

Your garden becomes lively and bright again.

Hope spring brings pleasant changes and vibrancy in everyone’s lives as it does in gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

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