Spring is almost here! And now’s a good time to think about what you want in your garden, so get inspired with these 8 amazing edibles, annuals, and perennials. Just plant them in the cooler spring months to ensure a healthy bloom and harvest.
Blueberries are notoriously finicky, but once established, they’re a beautiful and productive addition to the home garden. Plant blueberries in early spring — depending on the varietal, they can be grown successfully in containers or directly in your garden as a low shrub. Purchase plants from a reputable nursery and take care to get ones adapted to your climate and soil type.
Catmints are an easy-to-grow (and hard-to-kill) perennial that have their heaviest bloom in summer. They like full sun and well-drained soil and are drought tolerant. Plant catmint along borders, in rock gardens, or between larger plants (especially tea roses). The most popular catmints have a silvery-green leaf, copious purple flowers, and attract bees and butterflies.
Side note: if you have cats, consider protecting young plants from them until they’re well established. Catmints are related to catnip and felines have been known to roll around in the stuff.
Chard is an amazingly beautiful and tasty leafy green, with stalks that come in almost every color of the rainbow — from bright red and purple, to orange, pink, and white. The leaves and the stems can both be enjoyed at the table, either cooked or used raw in salads. Best of all? This super-veg is high in vitamins A and C. In springtime, preferably a few weeks before the last frost, sow chard seeds directly into the ground. Harvest them when they’re between 6 and 8 inches tall, cutting the leaves with a knife about an inch above the ground.
Dahlias are show-stopping, colorful, midsummer bloomers, but they’re actually grown from tubers, or bulbs, planted in the spring. To grow dahlias, wait until the last spring frost and choose a location with plenty of morning sun that’s also protected from the wind.
5. Fava beans
Fava beans are an easy-to-grow, cool-weather legume. In addition to producing tasty beans that are rich in vitamin A and C, they’re also a fabulous cover crop used by gardeners to restore nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. Sow seeds directly into the soil in early spring, as soon as the ground can be worked.
If you’re tired of looking at your dormant planters and flowerpots and want a quick pop of color for your spring garden, look no further than the pansy. Pansies like sun, but they’re cool-weather-loving annuals — the perfect plant for a springtime container or window box.
Crunchy, a little peppery, and famously fast and easy to grow, radishes might be the ultimate spring garden veg. Radishes are cool-weather crops and they taste and look their best when they’re grown in early spring. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil and sow seeds directly into the soil.
These hardy, low-maintenance perennials have a soft, fern-like leaf and large, flat flower clusters in shades of red, pink, yellow, or white that make for beautiful cut arrangements. Yarrow is drought tolerant and often grows best in hot and dry areas with low soil fertility. With blooms happening from midsummer through fall, yarrows are best planted in the early spring.