Inspiration for Your Springtime Nursery Shopping List

It’s time to shake off that mid-spring slump and start planning a trip to the local nursery or garden center. Do you have a new garden area you need to fill? Do your existing beds need a little something extra? With the days lengthening and temperatures rising, now is the time to choose the plants that will take your garden up a notch or two.

The following collection of articles highlights the best spring plants—from perennials and shrubs that put on a show from mid to late spring, to trees that look good year-round but truly shine from April through June.

We’re including a series of spring-inspired design articles as well, to help you reimagine some areas of your landscape that are lacking. Many of us have an explosion of color in early spring (thanks to bulbs and spring ephemerals), but by mid-spring things aren’t so spectacular. These planting plans are approachable and awesome. We’ve even pulled out regional-specific plans to be sure all of the plants featured will thrive in your specific corner of the world.

And let’s not forget our containers! It turns out there is a lot more than just pansies that can be planted at the start of the season, and we’ve got recipes for some incredible designs that utilize not only Viola but also spring-blooming perennials and cool-season annuals.

Now is the time to stop, take stock, and get inspired.