In Indiana, the old saying rings true: April showers bring May flowers. Lucky for us, our state has thousands of beautiful native plants—many of which flower in the spring.
This is one of our favorite times of year because we get the chance to put together some truly stunning outdoor flower arrangements. The key is choosing the right flowers, coordinating colors, preparing for the weather, and sticking to a good maintenance plan. Here are a few tips you can use to create your own stunning arrangements this spring, and to keep your flowering plants looking great all year long.
Pick your palette with care. Color coordination is one of the most important factors in creating an impressive flower arrangement. We recommend using between one and three prominent colors when placing flowers close together. Keep in mind that many flowers have color variations. Here are a few options:
- Orange: blanket flowers, helenium, tulip trees
- Pink: crocus, allium, petunias
- Purple: grape hyacinth, lavender, sage
- White: hydrangeas, lilacs, dogwood trees
- Yellow: black-eyed Susans, daylilies, yarrow
- Red: peonies, geraniums, rose bushes
Anticipate the bloom. Not all plants bloom at the same time. Some flowers like forsythia will bloom as early as March, while others like mums don’t bloom until late summer. Use flowers that bloom at similar times for full effect.
Prepare for storms. Spring weather—especially here in the Midwest—can be violent and unpredictable, so you’ll want to give your flowers protection. Tall plants like sunflowers can be supported with stakes, while shorter flowers can be protected by making sure your beds have adequate drainage, and by planting them in areas shielded from wind (such as near a wall or thick bushes).
Decide on a look. Do you want to go for a wild, natural look? Or do you want an immaculately trimmed, well-ordered look? Either can go great with your landscape, but you’ll want to choose one and stay with it for at least a year. Keep in mind that a very clean-cut look will require more maintenance.
Choose containers wisely. You can incorporate containers to add flowers where they couldn’t otherwise grow, and to provide symmetry and beauty to your arrangement. While terra cotta containers are inexpensive and look nice, they are prone to cracking. You can use double-walled pots to increase durability, or clay pots, which can be more expensive—but they’re better at retaining moisture. Stone pots are another attractive and durable option.
Use fresh mulch. Each spring, it’s a good idea to mulch your flower beds. The benefits of fresh mulch are many, and include helping your plants retain water and keeping roots at a stable temperature. New plants benefit from fresh mulch the most, but it’s a good idea to put down three to four inches in as many beds as possible.
While Mother Nature will provide most of what your flowers need to look their best this spring, there are plenty of ways you can help. Follow the tips above to give your outdoor flowers more pop—and to make your neighbors green with envy.
Do you need help designing your landscape, planting flowers, or taking care of your own outdoor flower arrangement? Our team at Engledow would love to help. Contact us today to learn more about all the ways we can keep your property looking its best.