As the snow from winter starts to melt, nothing cheers you up more than seeing color in the garden. Spring blooming bulbs offer a variety of colors that bloom throughout the spring season and into summer. However, bulbs need to be planted the previous fall so they have a chance to chill over the winter. Cool season annuals that tolerate cold temperatures can be planted to provide that early color we all look forward to.
Warm summer months are the time for annual flowers to really shine! Annuals can be planted in a bed by themselves to provide a showcase display or they can be spotted into the perennial garden to provide pops of color. Planting containers with annuals allows for flexibility - the containers can accent an entryway, enhance an entertaining area or be placed in the garden to add a little drama.
The fall season offers many options. Cool season annuals (mums and asters) can be planted for a flowering display that will last until early November. The large variety of pumpkins and gourds can be used to create autumn displays for the fall season. Now is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.
For a festive look, evergreen boughs, pine cones and branches can be used to decorate pots and flower boxes through the cold snowy months.
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