Planting Tips to Give Every Gardner a Green Thumb

Spring Flowers

Choosing a good place for your flower garden, or prepping your spring garden for beautiful blooms is something most gardeners look forward to, especially after a long, cold winter!

It’s important to design your garden before you plant — choosing flowers that will do well in that location, in that soil, and with the amount of sunlight provided. Always pay attention to your planting guidelines, mix your soil for optimal drainage, and give those blooms plenty of room to grow!

Helpful Tips

  • Mums aren’t just for fall! Plant them in early spring to have them as a perennial in your flower garden.
  • If you want flowers that will attract pollinators like bees, opt for flowers that are purple, blue, white, or yellow like Alyssum, Cleome, Sunflowers, or Salvia. Better yet, try and choose native flowers like the Northern Blueflag (Iris), Wild Bergamot, Bluets, or Sneezeweed, as pollinators generally prefer native species to non-natives.
  • Considering a raised flower bed? There are several methods for filling the planters, but whichever you choose, remember to pick out moisture-loving plants, as raised beds tend to hold more moisture in. Some suggested flower bed favorites include Marigolds (help deter some insects), Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Lavender, and Cosmos.

Seasonal Flowers

Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Daffodils Daffodils
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Tulips Tulips
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Hyacinths Hyacinths
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Pansy Pansies
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Viola Violas
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Phlox Phlox
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Lenten Rose Lenten Rose

Helpful Resources

From annuals to wildflowers and everything in between, this comprehensive guide from our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension has tips on planting, flowers, garden design, and how to preserve flowers.