As the final colors of this year’s landscape get blown away, there is still time to plan for next year’s spring colors.

TIPS on how to put color into your spring landscape:

Plant Bulbs:  Daffodils, Hyacinths, Squills, and early Tulips planted in the fall will provide color throughout the spring season.

Prepare Annual BedsLocate annual planting beds in key focal point areas with rich organic soil that annuals love.  Plant hardy annuals like Pansies and Snapdragons in spring for early color and replace them later with more heat tolerant annuals.

Plant Early-Flowering Trees and Shrubs:  This is still a great time to plant trees and shrubs.  Cornelian Cherry Dogwoods, Redbuds, Magnolias, and Crabapples are trees that flower early along with shrubs like Forsythia, Lilacs and Korean Spice Viburnum.

 Amend the Soil in your Planting Beds:  If your perennials don’t seem to be performing well, amend the soil with organic matter to the top 12 inches.  This will improve drainage and provide a great medium for healthy, luscious looking plants.

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