Spruce Up Your Yard with Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Bright colors can enhance the beauty of your yard and what better way to bring color than with flowers and plants? Blues, reds, yellows and purples can make a color splash across your yard when the right flowers and plants are in place. If you want your yard to be bright and colorful all year round, consider adding seasonal plants to your landscape design.

Spring

Each region is different for planting, but one flower embodies spring in most areas of the country: tulips. One of the first flowers to bloom, tulips are a gorgeous way to begin the spring. These bulb flowers need to be planted in the fall to begin unfolding in late March through May, depending on where you live. Daffodils, pansies, lilies and irises are other popular spring flowers.

Summer

There are so many flowers that can last all summer long. Roses are some of the most popular, with many varieties and colors to choose. Daisies, marigolds and many others can thrive in the hot summer months with the right care.

Fall

In the fall you need flowers that can withstand colder nights. Some options include chrysanthemums, Iberis autumn beauty, heliopsis, sumac and ornamental kale.

Winter

While most colder climates cannot offer winter flowers, there are other plants that can add color to your yard. Consider bushes, shrubs and trees with bright berries or leaves. Holly, Japanese maples and cotoneaster are some of the many options to brighten the cold winter months.

Want to create a gorgeous yard with brightly-colored seasonal plants? Contact your local landscaper to discuss which flowers and plants grow best in your region and begin planning your new landscape design.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Which Bulbs Should Be Planted in the Fall?

Gorgeous flowers and certain vegetables require some planning to grow. Plants with bulbs often need to be planted the previous fall to enjoy the bounty the next year. If you want many of the favorite spring flowers or hardy plants like garlic, you need to plan ahead and plant in the fall. Why do bulbs need to be planted so early? For many, it is because they need a cooling time in the ground before they will sprout. While they may begin to grow roots quickly after being planted, they stay dormant through the winter until they begin flowering in the spring. Here is a breakdown of bulbs that need fall planting and the best way to ensure they thrive next year.

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Allium
  • Hyacinth
  • Crocus
  • Snowdrop
  • Garlic

You can buy new bulbs to plant or use bulbs from existing plants to create new plants for the following year. You will want to dig up existing plants and let the bulbs dry for a few weeks before replanting.

Tips for Planting Bulbs

While many bulb plants need to be planted in the fall, the best month depends on the region where you live. Colder regions may need to plant in early fall, while warm regions may need to wait until late fall. In areas without any frost or cold weather, it may be necessary to plant bulbs in container and keep in a refrigerator for several weeks to create a “winter” cooling period. Most bulbs should be planted about 6-8” deep with fertilizer for the best results.

Not sure when to plant your favorite bulbs? Contact your landscaper and ask about planting a bulb garden this fall.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Is it Too Late to Plant Tulips?

When spring time arrives, and you see gorgeous tulips and other seasonal flowers blooming, you may regret that you didn’t plant bulbs the previous fall. Tulips, like many plants and trees, need to spend a few months in cold ground growing their roots before they will sprout. If you missed your chance to plant bulbs in the fall, you may still be able to have tulips in the spring. Here are some options for growing tulips in the winter.

Plant in the Winter

If you have mild winters where you live, you can plant tulips in the winter. The sooner you plant, the better chance you will have of seeing tulips sprout in the spring. It can be hit and miss on whether they will sprout the first year; or, they may sprout in late spring. However, if it is already becoming warmer outside, it may be too late to hope for sprouting unless you try the following refrigerator trick.

Winter in the Fridge

If the ground outside is already getting warmer, you can trick your tulips into a fake winter in your refrigerator. Plant your bulbs a few inches under the soil in a pot, then water and cover with plastic wrap to keep moist. Once they sprout, remove plastic wrap and keep the soil moist. Let them stay in the cold for several weeks before moving them to a warm, sunny window or transplanting outside.

Another option if you want a beautiful tulip garden this spring is to talk to your local landscaper. They may have sprouts they can plant in your garden to give you the bright tulips you desire this spring.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510