Spring is here and it’s time to plants some beautiful spring color at your front door! Spring planting is similar to fall planting in that there are limited selections of plants that do well in the cool weather and can handle a little freezing. In Kansas City, we never really know if Mother Nature is finished with the freezing until we’re past the last frost date. Here, it is around April 15th, so we still have another month to go. As long as the freezes are not below 25 for an extended period, then we’re fine to go ahead as long as we select the RIGHT PLANTS!
Here’s a list of the plants that will work now:
- Annual Phlox
The nurseries will have other flowers out right now, but unless you are willing to cover, stick with this list!
Additionally, you can use some perennials and blooming shrubs! Just walk around the nursery and look for perennials and shrubs that are in our area and are offering nice blooms. The perennials I’ve used include salvia, sedum, heuchera and phlox. Forsythia and lilac branches can be clipped and stuck into the soil to give added height. They will bloom as long as the soil is kept moist. If you have a larger pot, you can also plant the entire shrub. The weather here has already proven to be out of the ordinary and the forsythias are almost finished blooming, but the lilacs are a good option.
I find that the nurseries have limited quantities of tulips and daffodils, so you can pick these up at other places, like Home Depot, Lowe’s or even the grocery store! Trader Joe’s has packages of blooming branches and some potted bulbs too!
Spring planting is easy!
Just use the list and look for colors that you like together! We use fresh potting mix once a year, and usually wait until summer planting to switch that out. No need to fertilize; keep roots moist with occasional watering!
If you are new to planting pots, we have published a booklet that covers all the basic principles we follow when planting when we get to summer planting. It’s available on Amazon or in our store. It’s quick, easy reading with lots of pictures to illustrate our points!