A big arrangement
Create a statement planter in your spring garden by selecting one or two “feature” plants. Then fill in the open spaces with smaller flowers and grasses in varying colours, sizes and textures. Early spring is the perfect time to plant lily bulbs, gladiolus corms or dahlia and tuberous begonias to boost your garden’s bloom.
Two important tips about plant care:
1. Be careful how much sun exposure you give your plants. They can burn, just like us, but instead of turning bright red their leaves get very pale and blanched. Fully-grown plants and seedlings alike need to be gradually re-introduced into the sun after a long winter indoors. Set them outside for a couple of hours each day and gradually increase the exposure. Though you are unlikely to notice, leaves will thicken and become a slightly darker and more intense green, allowing them to spend more time in the sun without damage.
2. If you're planting outside it's important to make sure your containers have plenty of drainage holes, especially since some larger planters don't come with them. If you're planting inside, however, you'll want to prevent an overflow of water using a saucer or small stones as a makeshift reservoir. Place the stones at the bottom of the planter before you add soil. This will ensure the roots can still draw the water they need.