Seasonal Flowers Growing Guide

Ed Wike
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The best time to get flower bulbs for your garden depends on where you live and which flowers you are planting. To ensure the best blooms, the best time to plant bulbs is in the fall, after your last frost date. Cinnamon, daffodil, hyacinth, and tulip bulbs should be planted in October or November in order to give them ample time to bloom in the spring.

If you plant daffodils in late winter, they will have plenty of daylight to bloom early, and if you plant them in early spring, they will have ample time to flower before summer heat sets in.

In the spring, plant tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses in March or April so they can bloom in May. For summer flowers, plant and landscape with Canna and Zinnias in July and August.

Flowering shrubs, such as azalea and rhododendron, should be planted in the fall.

The best time to plant ornamental grasses and other fall flowers depends on where you live. If you live in a warm climate, you can plant these flowers in April and May, but if you live in a colder weather climate, you should wait until October.

Flowering vines such as climbing roses and Clematis should also be planted in the fall at least six to eight weeks before the first frost.