Pike Nurseries shares top essentials for a colorful spring garden.

Garden Experts help prepare for a successful spring with shrubs, trees and flowers to plant now

By Pike Nurseries March 5, 2020

With waves of warmer temperatures about to arrive, spring fever is setting in! It is the ideal time of year for gardeners to start playing in the dirt to reap bountiful benefits. To help both green thumb gurus and beginners gear up for a new growing season, the experts at Pike Nurseries offer tips on what to plant in the garden now to have color by spring.

Superb Shrubs
Forsythia: Offering a vibrant pop of color in landscapes late winter to early spring, Forsythia is a popular choice with its clusters of bright yellow bell-shaped blooms that appear on the bare grey-brown branches before the foliage. Growing four to six feet tall and wide, this deciduous hybrid shrub is hardy, disease-resistant and low maintenance, making it ideal to liven up a hedge or property border.

Flowering Quince
As one of the first shrubs to bloom in early spring, Flowering Quince’s branches are loaded with lipstick-pink and cherry red blossoms. The sun-loving shrub requires regular watering and grows up to eight feet tall and wide. Because of its sharp thorns, Flowering Quince is best planted as a security hedge.

Terrific Trees
Dogwood: Ranging from small shrubs to single-trunked ornamental trees, this southeastern native produces clusters of pure white and pink blooms. The fragrant petal-like bracts give way to scarlet-red berries that attract birds into the summer and fall seasons. These deciduous trees are vigorous growers, quickly reaching 15 to 30 feet tall and wide and require full sun to partial shade. With its height and stunning color, Dogwood makes a statement in the landscape and is ideal for adding curb appeal.

Ornamental Cherries
A stunning focal point for any lawn or garden, Ornamental Cherry trees are known for an explosion of showy blossoms in the spring. Colors range from dark pink to white and produce small cherries that appeal to a wide variety of birds. In addition to a range of flower colors and bloom times, there is a wide selection of sizes and growth habits from dwarf to upright to weeping. With such variety coupled with its easy-care nature and year-round interest, Ornamental Cherry trees are an excellent choice for any home garden!

Floral Frenzy
Cyclamen:  Eye-catching tulip-shaped blooms come in striking shades of pink, red and white. The blooms are accented by heart-shaped variegated foliage. In this region, Cyclamen are treated as annuals outside or can be grown indoors as houseplants. While these flowers look delicate, they are deer-resistant and thrive in the cool temperatures of early spring and late fall. They do best in partial shade areas and their incredibly vivid blooms make Cyclamen a perfect flower to plant near shaded patios and other outdoor living areas.

This cheerful flower blooms in late-winter and will last through spring, making it a great choice to brighten up the garden now and transition into the warmer weather. With a variety of vibrant colors including red, purple, yellow and blue, these beauties will definitely cure a gardener’s winter blues! Primrose is annual in this region and prefers partial sun. It’s a versatile flower that can be used in garden beds and borders, hanging baskets, window boxes and other mixed container gardens.

For more information on spring blooms offered at Pike Nurseries

Pike Nursery, Buckhead
4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-843-9578

Pike Nurseries, Acworth
3602 Cobb Parkway
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Phone: 678-574-5868

Pike Nurseries, Milton
3155 Bethany Bend
Milton, Georgia 30004
Phone: 678-433-9060

Pike Nurseries, Cumming
6050 Bethelview Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: 770-205-1737

Pike Nurseries, East Cobb
2900 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-640-6468

Pike Nurseries, Suwanee
1105 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: 770-271-5433

Pike Nurseries, Toco Hills
2101 LaVista Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: 404-634-8604

Pike Nurseries, Marietta
1875 Roswell Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-977-3040

Pike Nurseries, Johns Creek
5795 State Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
Phone: 770-813-5050

Pike Nurseries, Lindbergh
2410 Camellia Lane NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Phone: 404-869-2875

Pike Nurseries, West Cobb
3431 Barrett Parkway, NW
Marietta, Georgia 30064
Phone: 770-423-1650

Pike Nurseries, Towne Lake
2475 Towne Lake Parkway
Woodstock, Georgia 30189
Phone: 770-926-3252

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