Lawn & Garden

5 Spring Garden Favorites to Plant Right Now

The time to dream about your spring planting has passed. Now is the time to get going in the garden. So here are five flowering choices to consider for your landscape. Just remember that no matter what you're planting, it's important to water frequently as the growing season rapidly approaches.


Scottish Heather. Photo:

Heathers come in a variety of colors and as an added bonus, they are a big draw for pollinators. Choose your variety of this Scotland native according to the needs of your garden design. A lower, spreading-type variety is suitable as a ground cover while an upright heather would work wonderfully as a border.


Asiatic Lily. Photo:

Despite their exotic, if not fussy, appearance, Asiatic lilies require no stakes and are remarkably easy to grow. And so long as you provide adequate drainage, they tolerate many soils. Plant your bulbs in a sunny spot sooner rather than later.


Gardenia. Photo:

A garden classic, gardenias don't grow everywhere, but if you're in the Southeast, tuck this evergreen shrub near the deck or beneath a window to enjoy its fragrance. For best results, treat your soil so that it maintains an acidic pH between 5 and 6.0.


Zinnia. Photo:

Those in warmer climates are able to plant these undemanding annuals under a light covering of soil, one-quarter-inch deep or so. Shorter growing season? Start your zinnia in a peat pot, then in a few weeks, plant the pot directly into the garden. No matter where you live, these cheerful blooms will brighten your garden-and your mood.


Snapdragon flowers. Photo:

It's a bit surprising that such delicate, vibrant blooms are able to handle a few nights of frost, but as cool-season annuals, Snapdragons may actually be sown before your area's last frost date. Add them to containers, beds, or borders, but prepare yourself to remove spent flowers (or 'deadhead') with some frequency.

For more on gardening, consider:

10 Hydrangea Showstoppers
5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Garden for Spring
Boxwoods: Maintaining Structure in Your Garden