In the Midwest, spring means plenty of gloomy days and rain. But we also get to enjoy the most beautiful days with sunshine and warmer breezes.
Just like anything, it’s a bit of give and take. And I’ll take it. Especially on those sunny days.
And while it’s a bit early in the season for planting a lot in our Zone 5 property, I’m getting a head start on garden planning and planting with my favorite Monrovia plants. Because it’s never too early to add a pop of color.
And if the garden center has plants, it couldn’t possibly be too early. Am I right?
I knew I wanted something that would give me some spring color and blooms year after year.
So my first stop was peonies – the pretty white Shirley Temple peonies. These are fast growers – they need sun and a regular watering schedule. I also love that they give you color early in the spring.
And then I let Henry pick out some flowers for our pots on our patio. He turned to these pretty low plants with red blooms.
Are you in a cooler climate? Here are a few of my tips for early spring planting.
Tips for early spring planting in cooler climates
- Find a local garden center that carries a wide variety of healthy, beautiful plants. Monrovia plants at my local Lowe’s have been my go-to for the past two years because they look great all summer and have clear care inspections.
- Make sure to check the care instructions when you choose plants. I made sure that these were suitable for our Zone 5 weather. (And that I chose specific plants that will over-winter in our climate if planted in the ground.)
- Understand how to care of your plants. My favorite part of Monrovia plants is that the tags have very detailed care instructions, which makes this simple. I like to keep the tags in a bin in my garage for easy reference.
- Plant when the soil is frost-free and ready to turn. And if you are worried about the weather, you can cover the plant with mulch or dried leaves.
Are you planning your garden this spring? What’s on your list?
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