Spring is the most exciting time in the Garden Center. Trucks roll in regularly with fresh new plant material, buds are breaking, seedlings are started, and flowers are blooming. Guests return like old friends, and new faces come in wide-eyed at all kinds of new plants and products we’ve all been working so hard to bring to you since last season. I often joke that the excitement is very similar to the “first day of school,” but for a bunch of plant enthusiasts.
Whether you’re looking for Hyacinth, Tulips, Daffodils, Lilies or Pansies, there is plenty of color to choose from for the early spring season! It gives us our first taste of the planting season and brings us out of the dullness of winter. This year, we will be able to bring in a bunch of your Easter favorites here at the Garden Center. And with the holiday sitting a little later in the month of April, you have a longer time to enjoy them.
Many people are used to the traditional white Easter Lily, but did you know that there are pink ones as well? If you’re looking for something a little more unique, try using a greenhouse Hydrangea as a centerpiece. These lower-formed plants have the giant hydrangea flowers that you’re used to seeing on summer shrubs! They highlight the pastel colors of Easter beautifully.
Bulbs and Pansies make a great showing in the early spring. Seeing the leaves poke through the ground is a reminder that warmer weather is just around the corner. If you’re looking for something new, Snapdragons, Nemesia, and Ranunculus make great spring plants as well. They love warm days and cool nights. Spring containers have never been more exciting!
Springtime is also a great time to start choosing seeds to plant. Get into the spirit of spring by starting your own seedlings and watching them grow. Try to plant your own windowsill herbs, or some low-light house plants – just to get you thinking about the exciting planting season ahead.
Spring is the most exciting time in the Garden Center. Make it the most exciting time in your home as well by starting your 2019 plant collection now! We all look forward to seeing you soon.
By Heather Reed
Perennials & Retail Greenhouse, Winterberry