1. English Lavender
A hardy perennial, dazzling purple-blue English lavender attracts pollinators by the droves, making it the perfect start to a flourishing garden. What this lavender varietal offers in aesthetics it matches in medicinal properties, culinary uses, and a gorgeous perfume. Lavender is difficult to grow from seed, so purchase some starts from your local nursery and get planting! Plant bunches 2 to 3 feet apart — they will grow to be between 1 and 3 feet high. Though English lavender can survive in a wide variety of soil qualities, it will thrive in well-drained soil with some organic matter mixed in. Top soil with a bit of mulch to keep weeds out, and make sure your lavender gets plenty of sunlight. Keep away frommoist areas to avoid root rot.
Whether your thumb is as green as they come or you’re a gardening novice, fewer things are more gratifying than planting a seed and watching it grow. Synonymous with spring, flowers are the most joyful part of the season, and producing a flourishing garden bed is easier than you think. May beckons spring flowers and says goodbye to the last frost of the season, which typically occurs mid-month, depending on region. Plant these 10 low-maintenance blooms, and you’ll be enjoying the fruits (or flowers, in this case) of your labor without ever breaking a sweat. The perfect time to get planting does depend on your planting zone, so you’ll want to consult the USDA plant hardiness zone map at plants.usda.gov/hardiness.html for more information.
USDA Hardiness: Zones 5 to 8
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