It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and spring has finally sprung! Let’s look at a few different ways to add pops of color to your landscape in the early season.
Landscaping with Trees & Shrubs
Cherry Blossom are a staple to spring. Nothing else provides such a sweet aroma as you stroll through a neighborhood or your own garden. With many advancements in plant genetics, these trees have only become better, while providing a selection of many varieties.
Forsythia, an early flowering shrub pictured above, can be seen mostly along property lines and naturalized areas to provide privacy. You’ll notice as your take your afternoon stroll around your neighborhood, bright yellow flowers popping everywhere. These are forsythia, and are a great indication that spring has finally arrived!
Perennials in the Landscape
While not many perennials are flowering quite yet, as most are still hidden under the mulch, there are ways to incorporate color into your landscape far before your daylilies start to shine, but this requires a bit of planning. Bulbs such as Iris, Daffodil, Tulips and many others are a great way to get that early color before the summer flowering perennials start to take over. These plants require some more forward thinking as planning should be done in the late-summer/fall, when spring flowering bulbs should be planted. It’s always a good idea to refresh your bulbs every couple of years to ensure a healthy yield of color season after season.
Landscaping with Annuals
Pansies are extremely cold hardy annuals, and some may even overwinter if in the proper location. Pansies are able to withstand the icy storms we tend to get here in Michigan early on in the year, but will need to be replaced with other annuals as they aren’t as tolerant to the summer heat and humidity.
Containers in the Landscape
Colorful containers such as pots and planters can really upgrade the look of your home while adding a splash of color is the drearier months. This is a simple way to add your favorite colors to your front entry, in your gardens, or around your patio. Making sure to choose colors that best complement the home and gardens is important to consider when selecting your new planters.
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