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6 Plants You Can Plant Right Now

Spring has arrived in Northern Illinois and it is a great time to start your spring landscaping. We often have customers ask how early they can start planting. The simple answer is a soon as you can dig. And depending on your location, that is as early as this week. At our garden center, we already have trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials available. If you are itching to get started, give us a call or stop by!

Here are some examples of simple spring gardening projects you can start right now.

  1. Pull out and throw out wreaths and holiday porch pots. Replace them with beautiful cold tolerant annuals. Pansies, stock, and dianthus are just a couple cold hardy annuals you can plant right now. Learn more about cold tolerant annuals.pansy_planting_spring_hardy
  2. Grab a pot or clean out and prepare a section of your garden for early spring vegetables. Many vegetables only thrive in cold temps and you don't want to miss out on delicious kale, broccoli, cabbage and greens. For a delightful twist on containers, include some lettuces in your mix of spring annuals. Learn more about cold weather vegetable gardening by clicking here.when_to_plant_lettuce
  3. Start your strawberry patch! Now is a great time to get perennial strawberries in the ground. Plant them now and enjoy fresh, local produce all summer.when_to_plant_strawberries
  4. Add some new perennials to your gardens. We have perennials in stock now and the earlier you get them in the ground, the more time they will have to grow this season. A GREAT project for early spring is dividing and moving perennial grasses, especially Feather Reed Grass. Dividing perennials is an inexpensive and easy way to add new perennials to bare spots in the garden or landscape. Below is an image of Lavender, a lovely summer blooming perennial that you can plant right now.when_to_divide_perennials
  5. Look for spring blooming potted bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils. Spring bulbs need to be planted in the fall, but you can purchase potted blooms now and plant the bulbs after they are done blooming. Voila! Now you have blooms this year and next to enjoy.when_to_plant_daffodils
  6. Get spring blooming shrubs in the ground now. One of the brightest harbingers of spring is forsythia. Their bright yellow blooms mark the end of winter and welcome spring to the Chicagoland area. Put them in pots outside your home for spring decor and then move them to the landscape when your soil is more malleable.
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