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Have Your Yard “Bloom” Into Spring
Friday, April 10, 2015

We all know how the old adage goes: “April showers bring May flowers!” But if you haven’t planted any bulbs or seeds in your garden while the April rain is plentiful, then nothing will bloom once May comes along. While you may be thinking this is just another task to add to your to-do list, trust us, that simply isn’t the case. Not only are planting flowers a great way to enjoy the mild weather, but having the exterior of your home in tiptop shape is an excellent boost to its curb appeal.

For shady yards …
Not all yards are created equal. And that means not every square inch of your yard or garden is going to get sunshine even on the sunniest of days. But you don’t want to leave those shaded areas bare. There are plenty of blooming plants and flowers that do well in partial to full shade. Hostas provide diverse foliage to a garden; these plants come in a variety of sizes. But one hosta alone isn’t enough to make a garden seem full; to receive everything they have to offer, plant hostas in groups. Other plants that do well in shade are the bright and loud coleus (this is also a flower that’s perfect for when you’re tight on space), the tall and feathery astilbe and even some types of roses will grow in partial shade.

For containers or planters …
Whether you would like to see flowers each morning when you open a window’s curtains or you would prefer to be able to change how your landscape looks on your own terms, containers can get both of those jobs done. But, you wouldn’t go planting an evergreen in a ceramic pot, would you? Certain plants do well in containers, and to show off considerable interest in patios or entryways, you don’t want boring plants that are immovable. As annuals live for just one season, these are ideal for containers and planters because you can change what flowers are planted in the containers for next spring (or anytime you feel like improving your curb appeal). We recommend annuals that come a wide range of colors like petunias, impatiens, zinnias, pentas, and while it bodes well in shade, the coleus flourishes in planters as well. Choosing annuals that come in a wide range of colors give you more options when looking for a cohesive color palette and plant selection.  

Go tropical!
Since we can’t all live in Hawaii, you can do the next best thing and make your yard look and feel like you do with large, lush tropical plants. That is, of course, if you have the environment and the time dedicated to taking care of them. Tropical plants and flowers almost always fare well in containers, if you feel where you live isn’t a climate that’s tropical enough for such foliage to survive. Plus, a potted tropical pant can be moved indoors once the weather starts to get too cold and returned outside after any possibility of a freeze has ended. We suggest going “faux-pical” with plants that mimic the style of tropical plants but can survive harsh weather conditions. To achieve a “faux-pical” garden, choose plants or flowers that have large leaves, brightly colored blooms or exotic forms. Some plants great for this are elephant’s ear, crinum lily and prairie rosinweed.

Though you may not be putting your home on the market or aren’t in need of an appraisal, planting flowers in a garden or yard can instantly increase the value of any home. Just, don’t forget to properly mulch all of your new plants once you have them all in place. Landscaping creates a picturesque scene just in time for May flowers. Even if we don’t see an abundance of rain this April, now is the time to “spring” into action to make your curb all the more appealing.

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