Winter Planning for Spring Color

Side by side of what the same landscape looks like in spring vs in winter. Opposite direction signs.

It’s fun to start planning for spring color on a cold winter afternoon. Enjoy the experience as you sit down with a piece of paper and sketch out your spring landscape design. Start drawing in existing beds, trees, and shrubs first. In addition, review any photos you have from last spring’s landscape.

If you prefer to rely on professionals for your landscape design, Perimeter Landscape offers those services. We create the perfect landscape design for your vision and surroundings.

Trees and Shrubs for Spring Color in Your Landscape Design

First, consider areas that might benefit from trees or shrubs. Trees and shrubs are important in landscape design. They add texture, height, and interest to areas. Trees and shrubs also hide unsightly areas. And a tree full of blooms is a wonderful sight in the spring!

Search online for inspiration. Also, check to see what trees and shrubs work best for your soil. You don’t have to limit yourself to flowering trees or shrubs for adding color. Some shrubs, for example, bring pops of red, yellow, or orange with their foliage.

Spring Blooming Annuals Bring Color to Your Landscape 

Start making a list of your selections. Next, curl up with a seed catalog and consider what you can grow from seed to add color to your spring landscape design. Some seeds sell out, so place your orders early!

You save money by growing your own spring annuals. They need to be started indoors very early. But you don’t need a greenhouse – just a sunny windowsill. The seed catalog will list growing time so you can determine when you need to get started.

Pick out early-blooming annuals like pansies for an early burst of color. You can follow with petunias, marigolds, and zinnias to maintain a rolling bloom through the summer. If you don’t want to start from seed, use the catalog for ideas and note what flowers you want to purchase later for your landscape design.

Perennials in Your Landscape Design for Spring Color

The next step is to pick your perennials. Peek outside your window and check if there are areas perfect for a mass of tulips. You won’t have blooms this spring, but make note of what bulbs you want to plant in the fall. Many bulb flowers bloom early and you’ll have something to look forward to next year.

Many of the seed companies offer perennials, or you can search online for ideas. Select spring-blooming varieties like Meadow Sage or Primrose flowers. If you want blooms this spring, the best way is to make note of what you want and purchase plants locally in the spring.

Offset your color palette with shades of green. Hostas planted en masse under a tree are a welcome sight in spring. Or, consider planting a sprinkling of ferns to create a natural woodland setting.

Preparing for Your Spring Landscape Plans 

Once you’ve created your spring landscape design, create a list of tasks that need to be completed every month to accomplish your dreamscape. This approach to planning for spring color helps to keep you from feeling overwhelmed later. It also helps you stay on track with your budget.

If you didn’t do so in the fall, take advantage of any warm winter days to remove dead foliage in your landscape. With everything cleared away, your landscape palette is ready to be filled with bursts of spring color.

Perimeter Landscape also offers residential landscape design services if you prefer that option. We can also install and maintain your spring landscape. Contact us today for a quote.