Easy Planting for your Spring Gardens
Ahhhhhh ….. I think we can all breathe now …… I think! While the weather has not been exactly what we have been waiting for, I think we have turned a corner, and with that, we can begin to get excited about warm weather, and planning our gardens.
Now, I do not have a “green thumb” at all, but I certainly am learning. I have a wonderful lady in my life who knows everything there is to know about gardens, and has been helping me to plant “easy”, “beautiful” things, that are low maintenance, and bloom every year.
Here are some ideas, on how to get your garden looking beautiful, with lovely things that will keep coming back year after year.
My all-time favourite tops the list – Hostas.
“Although hosta plants are touted as shade lovers, their sunlight requirements vary widely. Successfully growing hostas in the shade depends on colour. Hosta leaves come in a variety of greens, ranging from a colour so deep it’s called blue to a light chartreuse to a soft creamy white. A good rule of thumb for the placement and care of hostas is the lighter the foliage, the brighter the sun. The deeper darker foliage retains it colour best in moderate shade. The variegated varieties need more sunlight to keep their white and gold stripes. All hostas need some shade and few, if any, will do well in strong direct sunlight.
“Oso Easy’. This is actually a group of roses, and all live up to their name. They need no spraying or deadheading, stay compact (1 to 3 feet tall) in small gardens. Their small size and low maintenance make them perfect for container plantings and for beginning gardeners. They love sun, so be sure to give them lots of exposure to it and they will thank you back with beautiful colour, and scent.”
These beauties need sun, and a lot of it! “Peony flowers are perennials that come back every spring to take your breath away. The plants may live longer than you do—some have been known to thrive for 100 years. Peony plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves; they do not respond well to transplanting.
In most of the country, the rules for success are simply full sun and well-drained soil. Peonies even relish cold winters, because they need chilling for bud formation.”
Hydrangeas are easy to grow but they do need moist soil. Hydrangeas resent being dry and they will show it. If you prepare your soil properly, add mulch around the shrub base, and water deeply but infrequently, your hydrangea should thrive.
Different hydrangea varieties tolerate varying degrees of shade. Generally speaking, hydrangeas are adaptable to sites that receive a minimum of 3 hours of sun daily.
Since hydrangeas flower prolifically, fertilizing is a good idea. For the first year, only use bone meal and transplant fertilizer. After that, apply a slow-release fertilizer yearly to maximize flower production.
With so many garden centres in the area, you will be in good hands when planning your garden goals. So get out there, and smell the roses ……. or whatever you choose to make your space beautiful!