LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Spring is here! It's time to plant spring flowers and colors in your gardens and landscapes, and Chris H. Olsen with Botanica Gardens has great ideas for you.

Everlasting Geraniums

Most of us are starving for color in our landscape and pots. The one plant that is the most popular in early spring is the famous Geranium. Why? Because you can buy them in full bloom and lush plants. I do love the plant myself but with the Southern heat they tend to burn out in the summer. No fear, you can make your geraniums last and bloom all summer long. How? Place them in a semi-shady area. They love morning sun for about 5 to 6 hours. They are heavy feeders so remember to fertilize with any all purpose fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. This is the blooming power in fertilizer. If you dead head the spent flowers then they should bloom for months to come.

For instant impact buy your geraniums in hanging baskets. We carry them at Botanica Gardens with other seasonal flowers mixed in for overflowing color all summer long.

It's time to start selecting and planting the right perennials for your landscape.

Perennial Power

It's time to start selecting and planting the right perennials for your landscape. Before you go to your garden center make sure you take a few pictures of your area to show the garden center expert. Then study what your light requirements are in each particular area. Is it shady, semi-shady, and/or full sun. The right light is essential in making your perennials bloom and survive the Southern heat.

Also, chose the right perennials that will provide color for different seasons. For example, plant Columbine for early spring color, for summer color plant yellow Rudbeckia, and then in fall plant Pineapple Sage.

Make sure you enrich your soil with organic mix and good drainage is essential. Also, feed your perennials at least twice during the growing season for maximum blooming power.

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