Are you tired of the cold and dreary weather yet? Or does the quiet blanketing snow energize you like Lorelai Gilmore? While I love to get all cozy and warm in my favorite sweats, I also miss the growing season's bright blooms and lively greenery. The good news is now is the time to plan your garden for the coming year. Growing flowers from seed can take longer than many vegetables, requiring extra planning for when you will start the seeds and later transplant them. Check out our blog for details on how to start seeds for transplanting.
Planning your vegetable and flower gardens can be overwhelming at times. Do you want flower beds full of rich, lively blooms all season long? We have your back! This post includes a list of 28 plants that are known for their extended bloom times stretching from spring through summer and fall seasons.
For more specific time frames, learn about a specific variety. Flowers of the same type can vary in physical characteristics and growth habits as they are selected for growth in specific regions and climate factors. We recommend identifying your growing zone and light availability for your planting locations. While this list is full of flowers for the whole growing season, they don’t all share the same growing requirements.
Depending on your growing zone and local climate factors, you will need to start some flowers sooner than others for the earliest spring planting in your location. The days to maturity will tell you how long it takes for a flower to grow from seed. Count backward from the time you want it to mature to the day it should be planted. Be sure to plan for any maintenance or amendment needs. Generally, you will want to wait to plant until the danger of the last spring frost has passed. Although, some plants thrive on the cooler spring temperatures and can even handle a light frost.
We hope you enjoy the planting process and have many blooms throughout the coming year! We would love to see the progress of your gardens online. Post your beautiful blooms with #TrueLeafMarket or tag us @TrueLeafMarket on Instagram and Facebook. Let us know what your favorite flower combinations are in the comments below!