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What to Plant in Your Spring Garden

Spring is a popular time of year to focus on your yard. Many people plant vegetable gardens or add ornamentals like flowers to their yards. It can be a fun hobby for your evenings or weekends, or even just add some color to your outdoor living areas. No matter why you choose do this or what you choose to plant, you’ll find something that gives you the look you’re after.

Flowers

Here are a rainbow of flowers you can add to your garden for colors that make your yard pop.

Allamanda: These plants come in a dwarf variety, which only grow to about 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. They bloom best in full sun and add a ton of color to your yard. Another benefit is they grow in nearly all soil types.

Crossandra: Also known as the orange marmalade, it’s a great plant for Florida and other warm, sunny places. It blooms in all the warm months from late spring through early fall and loves sunny or partially shaded areas.

Pachystachys Lutea: Known as the golden shrimp plant, it grows to about 5 feet tall in shaded areas and the flowers look like small yellow shrimp. It can be planted as a single plant or a grouping of them for a bigger pop.

Plumbago Ariculata: Small purple flowers grow about 4 feet tall and can sprawl outward up to 6 feet, and they can also grow up a fence. It can come back year after year if properly cared for.

Vegetables

It may be too late to plant from seeds, depending on the type of veggie you want to grow, but you can buy transplant ready plants at the garden center.

Plants that can be started in March/April

  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Peppers

Plants that can be started in April/May

  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Basil

The Benefits of Gardening

Gardening has many health and wellness benefits you may start to see in your life. It gets you outside and in some sunshine, which has its own sets of health benefits like decreased stress and depression. Gardening can increase your hand strength, as well as your heart and brain health. When gardening vegetables, fruits or herbs, you are growing items you can eat — which can get you adding healthy nutrients into your diet.

Aside from the benefits for you, it can be good for the local wildlife, like birds, butterflies, bees and others. Flowering plants can attract butterflies or hummingbirds to your yard, supplying them with food and pollinating for future plant production.

Moving soon? A beautiful yard can increase your curb appeal, so gardening can be a great way to get ready to sell your house. Talk to our experienced, friendly agents for help buying or selling a home in Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale.

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