If you’ve ever tried to add flowers to your home in early spring, then you know the destruction that frost can bring. There are ways to avoid frost damage. You can start your flowers inside, set up a flower greenhouse outside by making a little hoop house to put them in, or just plant cold-hardy plants. The best way to save your plants from frost is to review the seed packages for guidance so you don’t plant your flowers too soon.
Choosing cold-hardy flowers will allow you to plant them outside earlier. Flowers like pansies, hyacinths, and daffodils can start your garden off with a bright show of color that will come back each spring for at least a couple of years. If you do start these flowers in early spring, you should still watch the weather for frost and cover them up on extremely cold nights as even the hardiest flowers can still be damaged by frost.
Most seed packages have colorful guides on the back with a map of your country that can give you an idea of the best time to plant your flowers. You may also want to check your hardiness zone at the USDA website to be sure which zone you are in. If you start your seed based on your hardiness zone and the guide on the back of your seed pack, then your plants are more likely to grow into big, beautiful blooms.
Your local nursery or flower greenhouse is a wealth of information and tips. Most local nurseries and garden centers will keep the seasonal plants that grow best well-stocked. Even if you just look around at what they have potted outside, you will be able to get an idea of which flowers you can plant early in the spring. Most people who work at these nurseries are enthusiastic about sharing their love of plants and willingly share their knowledge with new gardeners.
Since vibrant landscaping can add as much as 14% to the resale value of your home, you want to plant flowers that will bloom from spring to late fall. By choosing hardy flowers and reviewing the planting guides on your seed pack or plant ID tags, your home will be the flowering jewel of your neighborhood.