Most New Hampshire residents welcome the arrival of spring with open arms. The melting of snow symbolizes new life and new beginnings. When we think of spring, we envision lush green grass, bright colorful flowers and brief but, magical butterfly encounters. Unfortunately, what’s revealed under all that snow is a dull and lifeless yard, damaged by the harsh New England winter.
Although it may take some hard work and dedication, for some, having a beautiful yard to enjoy is well worth it. Creating gardens are the perfect way to brighten up the exterior of your home and provide some curb appeal. Gardening also serves as a way to connect with nature that can be both fun and rewarding.
Here are a few spring garden ideas and trends to help add a splash of color and life to your property:
Spring Flower Garden
There are a variety of beautiful flowers that can be planted during the season. Some are very easy to maintain and need little attention, while others are very sensitive to their environment and take lots of care to preserve their beauty.
- Annuals: These flowers have a short life span, one to two seasons, but can provide a quick touch of color to your garden. Planting annuals are a great way to be creative since you can always change up your selection and try new varieties. They can be used to decorate borders, fill flower beds, and place in containers or hanging baskets.
- Perennials: Once planted, these flowers bloom year after year. With proper care, some varieties can be enjoyed for up to a decade. Perennials require more attention but the results are well worth the extra effort. By selecting flowers with different bloom times, your garden will always be changing. There’s an array of different perennials to choose from that can actually endure the New Hampshire climate including: Bearded Iris, Basket-of Gold, Astible, Coral Bells, Geraniums (Rozanne), Baptisias, Bleeding Hearts, and Goatsbeard.
Creating a vegetable garden on your property is an enjoyable experience. It’s a rewarding feeling to be able to add your very own home grown produce to all your favorite meals. Before digging into the ground, make sure you find a spot where the sun hits at least 6 hours a day. Placement of your garden is the key to its success. Find a location far from trees so they do not steal nutrients needed for your vegetables. Also, the closer the garden is to your house, the more likely unwelcomed animals will refrain from turning your vegetables into a snack.
In New Hampshire, there are many seasonal vegetables that can be planted in your garden including: arugula, asparagus, fiddleheads, garlic scapes/green garlic, herbs, lettuce, morels, mushrooms, pea greens, and radishes.
With the population of butterflies declining, every sighting is a magical moment. To help preserve the population in your area, planting butterfly-friendly flowers are extremely beneficial. Flowers like Echinacea, Daisies, and even some Violets give the butterflies a place to rest. For the beautiful Monarch butterfly, plants like Chives, Green Antelope Horn, Siberian Wallflower, and May Night Salvia are much appreciated.
Any of these gardens will help revive your yard after the cold winter. To compliment your gardens, place colorful pots throughout your yard, deck, or patio to add a personal touch and house some of your plants. A well maintained yard with colorful landscaping is a great way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather and will be sure to increase your property’s curb appeal!