Garden tips for spring planting

• Early spring is the second bulb planting season of the year.
In the fall, bulbs are planted for spring color and the late winter
and spring for summer color.
• Early spring is the second bulb planting season of the year. In the fall, bulbs are planted for spring color and the late winter and spring for summer color. You can brighten your garden with exotic amaryllis and their trumpet shaped flowers, tuberous begonias to make the shade areas shine and calla lilies, hybrid lilies and gladiolus will brighten your garden and indoor bouquets.

• When planting bare root strawberries, be sure to cut their roots back half way. Mix one part humus with two parts soil and set the plants in the ground so the crown is even with the surface. Water in well and later mulch well around the plants. Bare root berries use the same soil mixture mentioned above and should be set deep into the soil so that the canes barely show. Firm the soil around them and water.

• Bring more charm into your garden with a good assortment of colorful spring flowering shrubs. They make excellent backgrounds for annuals, perennials and beautiful blooming flower bulbs … daffodils, tulips and Dutch Iris. All of these shrubs have lush foliage for summer gardens, and some will provide eye-catching foliage for autumn. Choose from quince, lilacs, mock orange, spiraea, viburnum, weigelia and forsythia.

– The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers

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