What Can I Plant Now?

English daisies are the perfect early blooming spring plant you can install now.

Plant candytuft now, in bloom, for an early spring show.

While artemisia is not blooming, they are a great way to freshen your pots or bed with small plants.

Dusty miller is the perfect gray to mix with pansies, and it will continue to thrive through summer.

One week it is nice and warm, next week nights are freezing. Few spring plants are designed to bloom and show off immediately and take these up and down temperatures. Besides pansies, here are a few plants I like to add to my garden now. English daisies, while a bit hard to find, are a favorite bloomer until late spring when the heat starts making us hot, and they poop out. I like to plant 4-inch pots of these in well drained soil and a sunny location. They are very good for pots, too. Candytuft is an old Southern garden spring favorite that will thrive in sunny locations and good soil. I like to buy them in bloom now. Once they complete blooming, cut the blooms off, and they will be green in the garden until this time next year. By the way, small pots are just as good to buy and mass as big containers of this plant. Two gray foliaged plants that I like to add to pots or my garden beds now are artemisia and Dusty miller. Artemisia, also called wormwood, like sun and well drained locations and are supposed to be great long term plants. I treat them as annuals in my garden. They look ragged by mid-summer for me, but friends of mine are especially fond of these plants and grow beautiful ones that live for many years. I must be doing something wrong. Dusty miller on the other hand has survived on my son’s back porch all winter with no protection and little care. Once it blooms in summer, when its yellow flowers finish, I generally pull mine up. So if your pansies look rough, and you don’t think they will put on a great spring show with pampering, pull them up, replant, and mix with a bit of one of these gray foliaged plants now.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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    • If protected from frost. If you don’t have a greenhouse or similar space, plant and put in a sunny place indoors and be sure and give the seeding container bottom heat. Remember the last frost date in our area is April 15.

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