Planting by Season: What Should I Plant Now?
The planting of flowers not only enhances your landscaping, but also it attracts birds, butterflies and wildlife to your yard. Plus, planting flowers requires you to spend time outdoors breathing in the fresh air, which increases well-being and provides stress relief.
But you might be wondering, “What exactly should I plant?”.
Check out this easy guide by season to get started.
Planting in the Fall
As fall arrives, leaves change color and trees drop foliage in preparation for the winter months. As these changes occur, it’s time to start thinking about what flowers you want in the springtime.
Plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and bluebells, all of which will produce beautiful bursts of color in the spring months. Here’s a great chart with a few more ideas. However, regardless of which flowers you select, make sure to complete seed planting by the first freeze.
Planting in the Winter
Are forecasters predicting a mild winter? If so, you can plant flowers such as English daisies, cheery peonies or snapdragons through the late winter. Tulips and daffodils can also be planted in the winter months, as long as the ground has not frozen yet. Plus, if you want some great color now, try planting a Christmas rose in early winter to provide a pop of color during those dark, dreary months.
For climates that are very cold, you might need to hang on to your flower seeds until spring months, when more favorable planting conditions arrive.
Planting in the Spring
Spring is a big season for planting flowers. The long, cold winter months have passed and finally all those seeds that you planted in fall and early winter begin to bloom and add life to your landscaping. But spring is also a great time to plant even more flowers.
Plant wildflower mixtures, which are great for attracting butterflies. You can also plant poppies, cornflowers and achillea for additional bursts of color.
Planting in the Summer
By the time summer arrives, many people think that it’s too late to plant flowers. But don’t worry, it’s definitely not. Bring cheer to your landscaping by planting marigolds, which add large bursts of yellow and orange to outdoor foliage.
Black-eyed Susan is a popular wildflower to plant in the summer. Or try planting aster, which brings rich purples and lavender to your outdoor space, while tolerating the heat well. Lantana is another great option for providing a variety of colors, from red to yellow to pink. It is also drought-tolerant, which makes it a great addition to your summer garden.