If you’re planning on planting perennials this spring in the Pacific Northwest, the sooner you get the plants in the ground the better! The worst of the frosts are behind us. If cold nights (below 28 degrees) are lingering in your garden, you’ll want to wait a little bit longer.
We’ve had unusually dry weather this past couple of months, leaving us with nice crumbly soil in many areas. In normal years, the soil would still be waterlogged and muddy; this year, not so much. As the days get longer and the weather warms, it’s easier to find the time and inclination to get out and work in the garden!
Planting perennials now allow them to utilize the spring rains and cooler temperatures to establish a robust root system. This gives them a strong start and makes it easier to care for them through the dry summer months.
One of the best parts about planting in March is that the ground is much easier to loosen. If you have ever tried to dig in dry soil during the summer, you know that it can be quite the arm workout. Planting now means that you can get more plants in the ground with far less effort. Weeds are easier to remove, and your gardening experience will be more enjoyable!
There will be somewhat less stress on the transplants if you can plant on a cloudy day or in the afternoon. Now that the days are longer, there are more opportunities to spend an hour or two in the garden.
Perennials in the burgundy “Blooming Advantage” pot are grown cool. They are acclimated to our PNW environment and are ready to plant in your garden as soon as you get them home.
While most perennials benefit from early planting, there are some that will add an instant wow-factor to your garden.
Here are a few popular and rewarding spring-bloomers: