It may feel like we’ve only just dug ourselves out of the snow and put away our winter boots, but we’re already into planting season.
“Woody plants — shrubs and trees — can be planted as early as mid- to late March. Just make sure there aren’t any below-freezing nights in the immediate future,” advises Jake Kuklick, owner of Mosaic Landscape Restoration in Philadelphia. An added bonus: If you put something in the ground now, it will be ready in time for April showers — which means less watering on your part.
Kuklick, who specializes in ecological design, shared his tips for what to plant now.
What to plant in city backyards
Shady: "For small, partly shaded yards, I like native shrubs such as Inkberry and Fragrant sumac. If you have a little more room, Winterberry and Ninebarks work well. All have tremendous multi-seasonal interest, and can provide food and a habitat for local birds and insects."
Sunny: "Stay away from too many annuals bought from box stores! They are colorful, but die after one season and then become a mess that needs to be removed. Rather, try Black-Eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower, two native perennials that can be picked up in local nurseries in the city."