The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Planting the Perfect Spring Garden

It’s refreshing to get back to tending the garden after winter—getting your hands dirty in the flowerbeds and soaking up some sunshine. Whether you’re planting to improve your home’s curb appeal or gardening just for the fun of it, take special care to choose plants that can handle the local climate and look fabulous year-round.

A Look at Climate

Boston has a continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and warm summers. Due to the city’s coastal location between two colliding air masses (down from Canada and up from the Gulf), residents can expect unstable weather conditions. One day, skies are clear and sunny—the next, they’re dark and stormy.

To account for rapid changes in weather (with periodic freezing temperatures at night), we recommend investing in hardy plants that will last through cold days and nights. Pansies, which can be found blooming across New England this time of year, are a good example.  

Annual Springtime Flowers

For a colorful, fruitful garden, plant annuals that can withstand the area’s colder springtime temperatures.

Pansies: These purple, yellow, and white flowers don’t mind water or frost, making them a great option for Boston’s colder climate.  

Primrose: These flowers come in many bright colors and bloom late in the winter months so you can enjoy them through the beginning of spring.

Snapdragons: Saturated in color, these stalky flowers perk up in the cooler spring and fall seasons.

Nemesia:  Plant these beautiful annuals near pansies to complement your already colorful flowerbed. Nemesia comes in almost every color and does well in the cool weather.

Cold-Crop Vegetables

Maybe your garden is a source of delicious home-grown vegetables. Cold-crop veggies like parsley, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and collards will do just fine in Boston’s continental climate. Planting and harvesting these vegetables are satisfying activities for novice and experienced gardeners alike.

Purchasing the Right Plants

If you’re unsure what flowers and plants to include in your garden, you can learn more about New-England-friendly plants here. You should also make a trip to your local nursery to see what kinds of plants are sold outside. If they’re doing well out in the elements, they’ll more than likely thrive in your garden. Paying closer attention to the local forecast gives you a leg up on selecting plants and flowers well-suited to your garden this time of year.

Watch Your Garden Come to Life

Tending to your garden is about more than upkeep for your property. It’s about taking care of yourself, too! Gardening is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and get a little exercise, and it’s even better with friends and family. Get your hands dirty with a bit of weekly landscaping to make your garden come to life and do some growing of your own.      


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