Once the warmth of spring arrives here in Louisville, those of us with green thumbs are itching to get back outside and start making things bloom! If you’ve planted your roots into a new Elite home since last year, you’ll be starting your garden from scratch. We have some tips for creating a colorful and low maintenance garden.
- Size matters. Think about what you want to grow and how much room you need. And how much weeding and watering you want to do.
- Location matters. Is your yard sunny or shady? If you want to grow veggies, you need sun. If ferns are more your style, think shade.
- Pots & planters. If you’re not interested in digging beds, create a garden of pots and planters. Pretty much everything you can grow in the ground can grow in pots.
- Cool crops. Spring weather is notoriously arbitrary – cold & sleety one day, warm & sunny the next. But there are certain herbs and veggies that don’t mind the randomness: Peas, radishes, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, chives, thyme, sage and mint are just a few cold-hardy plants.
- Spring color. Nothing says “spring” like mounds of pansies, violas, primroses, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and sweet william.
- Go for classic & non-fussy. When you’re ready to plant for late spring/early summer, go for perennials like Siberian iris, bleeding heart, daylilies, ferns, and native grasses. All are hardy and low-maintenance.