As the weather breaks and the sun starts shining a little more each day, you’ll definitely be motivated to get outside more often. One great way to spruce up your home while enjoying the warm weather is to garden. Whether you’re a novice at gardening or you have a serious green thumb, these three types of greenery are easy to grow in the springtime, simple to tend to, and make your yard just a little bit brighter.

Gardenia

My personal favorite flower, the Gardenia is not only gorgeous but has the most wonderful scent. The crisp white color of the Gardenia flower is perfect for any garden. If cared for properly, this plant can live for 50 years.

 

Gardenia can be planted in the fall or the spring, but if you live in a slightly cooler area just around the Mason-Dixon line such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, springtime is optimal, as it’ll give the plant time to grow before the frost of winter comes. That means if you’re putting your Memphis house for sale this summer, Gardenia is the perfect plant to spruce up the garden before the showings start.

 

A lot of sunlight is important for the Gardenia to grow, but if you’re living in a hot area, avoid too much direct midday sunlight. This plant can be a bit finicky, but with enough water and a slightly acidic soil (use coffee grounds as a homemade fertilizer), and a little patience, it’ll be well worth the effort.

Elephant Ear

Elephant Ears do their best in sunny, warm weather. If you live in a warmer climate in places like Florida or Southern Texas, this plant will thrive, but that doesn’t mean it’s off limits to those up north.

 

Anyone can grow Elephant Ears in their garden, but if you live in an area that gets colder in the winter, simply bring the pot inside or dig it up and repot it, keeping it in a sunny, warm spot until the weather breaks. Then, in spring, you can head back outside and re-plant in the ground to give your yard that thick, lush look as summer approaches.

 

Keep in mind, if you’re bringing your Elephant Ear inside in the winter, it can be toxic to pets, so take precautions if you have furry friends in the house.

Chrysanthemum

There are so many varieties of Chrysanthemums out there, so there are plenty of options to choose from when considering what’s best for your garden. Not only do they bloom for weeks, they’re one of the easiest plants to care for in your garden, so don’t be scared to give it a shot as spring comes around.

 

Chrysanthemums are best planted in springtime once the risk of cold nights and snow has passed. While they need to be watered each day, mums also like a lot of sunlight and need a lot of space to allow water to drain properly. Space about a foot and a half apart, and watch them grow quickly with a little TLC!

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