Planning Early Garden Color with Monrovia Plants
It feels like Spring here already! I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to choosing colorful plants for my garden and flower beds. Even though our local Lowe’s garden center is still pretty bare, I have to run over and see what they have so that I can begin planning my early garden colors with Monrovia Plants.
Never worry about a lack of color or durability with Monrovia plants. I have never had any perennials or flowering shrubs from Monrovia fail to flourish. Granted, there is a bit of planning for proper light and soil conditions, but they clearly mark on their tags exactly what conditions are best for each plant.
When to Buy
The only problem I have during this time of year is keeping myself from planting too early. Our last frost date here in Ohio isn’t until April 29th. It didn’t stop me from buying some perennials, though.
City Spouse and I made the trek over to Lowe’s, for plants but also to recycle our long, fluorescent light bulbs from the overhead fixtures in the garage. (Did you know that Lowe’s will recycle those for you for free? They are deadly in landfills, and our city trash won’t take them because of the hazard.) Of course, we ended up in the Garden Center.
City Spouse finds is comical that I radiate to the pots marked Monrovia on the side. I think that they are better quality than the Lowe’s store plants. Either way, anytime you purchase live plants from Lowe’s, make sure you keep your receipt. As long as you plant them properly, if you have difficulty with the plant, you can get your money back.
The key to a successful, colorful flowerbed is variety. Keeping a mixture of shrubs, perennials, and annuals will keep your flower bed in almost constant bloom from spring until fall. You may want to make sure that you color coordinate with your house. Others find that a diverse mix of colors keeps their mood up because it resembles a wildflower field. Make sure that you think about the feeling your flower bed will create. It’s the first thing to welcome you home from a long day at work. (Or a stressful trip to the grocery store.)
Planting Your Color
While Monrovia plants are strong right out of the pot, I still like to incorporate a few key steps in planting it into my garden. First, make sure that you dig a hole for the plant according to the directions on the plant tag. For example, I adore all roses so I purchased the Monrovia Merlin Lenten Rose. She likes only partial sun, so I’m planting her on the east side of the house so she only gets morning sun. According to the tag, I’m to dig a hole at least twice the circumference of the pot. The top of the root ball should be slightly above the soil line. I always dig my hole, add in a little potting mix to help the roots adjust to the different soil, water it slightly and add in a little time-released organic fertilizer to help the plant thrive.
When you remove your plant from its store pot, be gentle. Loosen it gently before pulling it up. I also like to gently loosen the roots a bit so that they aren’t fighting for space in the pre-dug hole.
Pop in Color
Above are the first of the many plants that I will be adding to my flower beds this Spring. I’ve decided that this year will be a pink, red, and white themed year. I may add in a few blue plants (if I can find some I love) to turn toward a Patriotic theme for the year. When you look at the photo of my plants next to my house, you see that my house is barn red. This year I think that a red, white and (hopefully) blue theme will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Adding color to your flower garden is easy with quality Monrovia plants and the right techniques. I know, for me, there is nothing more exciting than a pretty, colorful flowerbed to boost my mood.
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