Spring Colour

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Are you craving some colour in your yard? Sick of the dull greys and browns of winter? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite plants for early spring colour!

Bulbs

Shop for (and plant these) in the fall. When planting bulbs, plant in odd numbers with the roots facing down and make sure that the bulbs do not touch each other. Use Blood & Bone Meal in the hole (the blood will help deter squirrels from digging up the bulbs and the bone is a fertilizer).

  • Tulips
  • Daffofils
  • Gladiolus
  • Caladium
Flowering Shrubs

It’s best to plant after the risk of frost has passed. When planting, be sure to use a Plant Starter fertilizer that is high in phosphorus to help make the transition from pot to ground easier on your plant. Be sure that you are using the right soil! Trees and shrubs want a triple-mix soil which includes peat moss, manure, black earth and fertilizer.

  • Pussy Willow (Full Sun) – Will product 1” ling fluffy grey-white catkins in March, followed by small yellow foliage.
  • Forsythia (Full Sun) – Small, bright, canary-yellow blooms cover the branches of this shrub in March.
  • Flowering Almond (Full Sun) – Small light pink double-carnation blooms cover this shrub in April and May, followed by beautiful green foliage.
Flowering Trees

It’s best to plant after the risk of frost has passed. When planting, be sure to use a Plant Starter fertilizer that is high in phosphorus to help make the transition from pot to ground easier on your plant. Be sure that you are using the right soil! Trees and shrubs want a triple-mix soil which includes peat moss, manure, black earth and fertilizer.

  • Saucer Magnolia (Full Sun) – A small tree/shrub with a rounded head produces large white/pink flowers in spring. Varieties include: Elizabeth, Yellow Bird, Messel Star, Butterflied, Susan and Royal Star.
  • Dogwood (Full Sun) – These are small trees that have horizontal branches will flower in May with large 4-petaled blooms.
  • Eastern Redbud (Shade/Part Sun) – Native to Canada. The reddish-pink flowers that outline it’s branches in May are a sure sign of spring. Also features yellow fall colour.
  • Crabapple Tree (Sun/Part Shade) – Small tree form that flowers in May in shades of white, pink and red.

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