From in the House to in the Garden

 

Many of the first blooms we see in the springtime are perennials and can be planted in your yard after being used in the home or in containers.  Here’s a few of our spring favorites that you can plant and enjoy each year. Remember that when planting any new perennials, all of the following included, keep them well watered their first year to help establish the plant in your garden.  

 

Spring Bulbs

These green shoots are the first signs of spring popping up in early March.  From tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to scilla and allium, there are lots of options when choosing which bulbs to plant.  These bulbs are available to purchase and to plant throughout the fall.  You can also plant the bulbs in the spring.  When you purchase potted bulbs, or receive them as a gift, you can enjoy them in the home and then plant them in the yard.  Simply dig a hole a little bit larger than the pot and bury the bulbs.  

Let the leaves die back just like with bulbs that are planted in the fall.  This will allow the bulbs to go dormant and bloom again next spring.

Primrose (Primula)

These beautiful little flowers are some of the brightest and most colorful flowers you see beginning in early spring.  They bloom throughout the spring and are often given as gifts.  And yes, they are perennials! These little guys will brighten up your yard, adding reds, yellows, blues, pinks and purples to your garden in early spring.  The best part is, they like the shady spots where it is hard to get color.

Once you are done enjoying the flower inside or in your containers, find a shadier spot in your yard where it gets filtered light or just morning sun.  Under trees is a great spot for these.  Simply plant the primrose in an area with damp, acidic soil and they will thrive for you.  Near azalea bushes or rhododendrons, it does really well.  

For loads of color, pair primrose up with forget-me-nots or bleeding heart in shadier spots. 

Easter Lilies

Easter lilies are a traditional gift given on Easter.  While these flowers have a tropical look, they are perennials in this area and can be planted outside.  To do so, wait until all the flowers have all bloomed and been removed from the plant. Keep the lily watered and in indirect sunlight until it is ready to go outside. Typically, since they are grown in a greenhouse, it is best to wait until it gets somewhat warm out since it is not adjusted to the cooler temperatures.

After l all danger of frost has passed,  decide on a sunny spot in your garden where the soil is able to drain. Since this is a bulb, soil that is constantly damp can rot the bulb. Plant the Easter Lily to the same depth it was in the pot.

The original leaves and stem will start to brown, but that’s okay.  When this begins to happen, cut the plant down to a healthy, green leaf.  Then, new growth should soon emerge from the base of the plant. 

The new growth will turn yellow in the fall and the lily plant can then be cut back to soil level. Be sure to insulate the plant with mulch for the winter months.  This mulch will need to be removed in the spring, much like with other perennials. These lilies naturally bloom in June and July, so do not be discouraged if you don’t see blooms next Easter.

Hydrangeas

When we say hydrangea, we’re not talking about the large shrub you buy to plant outside, but the smaller ones that you receive as a gift wrapped in foil.  The bright blues and pinks that everyone loves to brighten up their homes with.  While these are greenhouse grown to give off an impressive show, they can be saved!

Find a place in your yard that gets morning sun.  Dig a hole that’s slightly larger than the pot the hydrangea is in.  Be sure to get these planted in the ground by early summer, before the real heat starts, and keep them well watered throughout the summer.  

Azaleas

Once you have enjoyed your azalea’s blooms inside,  it can be planted outdoors. Be sure to cut off any dead flowers and prune it as needed right after it is done blooming to prevent cutting off buds for next year.

Plant your azalea in partial shade (North or East exposure) in late spring or early summer, when the danger of frost has passed. They will need to be watered their first year and need to be planted in well drained acidic soil. Fertilize during the growing season with an acid fertilizer.

 

 

 

Christian Goers