Spring Planning and Inspiration

Is anyone else daydreaming about spring already? The warm sun, green grass, and spring blooms make us wish we could speed past winter and head right into spring. While we can’t do that, we can spend the winter planning for the most magnificent spring gardens. Here are some of our favorite ideas, tips, and inspiration for next year’s gardens.

Take A Walk and Keep Notes

Even if there’s snow on the ground, take a walk around your landscape, patio, or any other garden space. Bring a notebook with you and write down areas that need some work. Carving out some time to take in your landscape isn’t always possible during a hectic spring. This walkabout will allow you to get the assessing and planning out of the way early and will get you in the great outdoors during a season when it’s all too easy to want to curl up by the fire and drink hot chocolate. But nobody says you can’t do that when you get back inside!

Look For Opportunities

Has a plant outgrown its original home? Have you noticed a corner that looks a little bare? Look for opportunities in your space and add them to the running list. Now is the time to dream and look for what you want out of your spaces. It never hurts to plan big projects early, as well. Next year just might be the year you curate the landscaping around your fire pit or replace high-maintenance plants with low-maintenance Rock Star plants. The possibilities are endless; all you have to do is look for them!

What Are Your Goals?

Once you have an idea of what you want to do with your space, take time to outline your goals. For example, what new plants do you want this year, and when do you want them in the ground? What projects are you hoping to accomplish? What do you want to plant in your containers? Setting goals for yourself is a great way to keep track of plans. And who doesn’t love crossing things off a to-do list? This winter, a little organization of your thoughts and ideas will make your spring gardening even more enjoyable. Plus, next spring, when you’re at your local garden center, you’ll already have a list you can work from.

Seek Out Inspiration!

Winter is the perfect time to sit back and get inspired. Make our Inspiration & Resources page a go-to for information about gardening and your favorites in the First Editions® Shrubs & Trees collection. Our social media has tons of great inspirational content for you to browse through and get ideas from. And, what better way to get inspired than by looking at the beautiful plants themselves? Look through the plants in our collection to learn about their characteristics and where you can find them next spring.

Check Your Calendar

It also never hurts to plan early for what gardening tasks you’ll need to complete come spring. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out our Gardening Calendar for some great seasonal tips. It’s also handy to know when the last frost is in your area, so make sure to check out our list of the average frost dates for each state here.

Use our Find a Retailer tool to locate garden centers near you where you can find First Editions® plants, or shop the First Editions® collection online during our shipping season. For other inspiration, care tips, or design ideas, be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our monthly newsletter.