Landscape Ontario wants to provide early spring gardeners with some ideas about what they can plant now to fill their gardens with spring colour and which bulbs they can plant now for summer blooms. Some of the plants Denis suggests planting right now include:
Ideal flowers for your garden in early spring, as they flourish in cooler weather. Seedlings may be planted outside when temperatures are in the 60s and will tolerate nighttime temperatures in the 40s. They prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Ranunculus performs well when it has six weeks of cool weather to sprout, grow and bloom, making it ideal of early spring gardeners. It prefers to be planted in full sun.
Most species of primula want moist, rich soil and a cool location with light shade. These are also ideal for eager gardeners, as newly-purchased plants can be set into the garden in early spring.
Pussy willow branches:
Cut pussy willow branches are a great way to bring spring indoors, as they can be used a part of a centerpiece.
Gladiolus are resilient flowers, and their bulbs can be planted now even though it is still cool. Keep in mind when planning your garden, gladiolus should be planted in full sunlight.
Dahlias should be planted in soil that is free of frost, so ensure you hold off until May. But, when you do plant dahlias, remember they like sandy, well drained soil and they grow best in full sunlight.
Due to their tropical nature, it is also best to plant caladiums in mid-late May. All of these plants are also excellent choices for containers or pots, which is ideal since often this time of year garden soil tends to be wet.