The ideal time for planting flowers in Ohio is from late May to mid-October. So, if you’re ready to add a splash of color to your landscaping and a sweet aroma to the air, we’re about to enter the proverbial calendar year sweet spot for planting flowers in the Buckeye State.
In this blog, the flower planting experts with Ohio Hidden Creek Landscaping will talk about the best flowers to plant in Ohio and give you pro tips for how to get started and what you’ll need.
What Flowers Should I Plant in Ohio?
Flower fragrance and appearance vary from species to species, so if you’ve got specific preferences, we’ll, of course, be happy to talk with you about the flowers that will suit your individual needs.
Here, though, is a brief listing of beautiful easy-to-plant flowers that do very well here in Ohio.
- Coneflowers. With coneflowers, flower-gardening doesn’t get much easier. Available in a host of colors (pink, purple, red, white), coneflowers look like daisies with a raised center. Butterflies and bees are wildly attracted to them and gorge on their nectar, so you’ll certainly be doing your part to keep the ecosystem going by planning coneflowers.
- Daylilies. If you want color, this is your plant. Each bloom of a daylily lasts for only about a day, but the blooming season lasts throughout the summer. If you’re concerned about the soil in your yard, a daylily would probably work well for you – it can thrive practically anywhere.
- Russian sage. A member of the mint family, Russian sage has flowers with thin lavender shades. Because it can grow to lengths of five feet or more, it goes well with other tall flowers and shrubs. A good amount of sun and well-drained soil are all a Russian sage need in order to thrive.
- Blanket flower. Featuring fiery red-orange blooms that will last deep into the fall, blanket flowers are native to the plains area of Ohio. They, too, merely need a lot of sun in order to really take off. Because their blooms will stretch into late fall, their colors will coincide perfectly with the change in seasons.
- Peony. Known for their sweet scent and large double-blooms, peonies are what you’re looking for if petal abundance is your thing. They, too, are sun lovers and need well-drained soil. As they grow, you’ll notice shoots and leaves, but the can’t-miss show is when the flowers begin to bloom in late spring.
- Virginia bluebells. You may know these flowers for another name – Virginia cowslip. These flowers are fun to watch. They’ll start off in the spring with a vibrant pink bud that transform into a blue bell-shaped flower. Its pointy leaves will keep their bluish-green shade throughout the growing season.
Make sure you follow the panting directions for any flower you select. If you have questions, just give us a call here at Hidden Creek Landscaping (614) 779-0846 or get in touch via email.
What Steps Do I Need to Take Before Planting Flowers?
Location is everything when it comes to success with planting flowers. Keep in mind you don’t need a lot of space for flowers. A small window box or a raised garden bed can be just as effective as a large plot of land.
The key thing to keep in mind is that the more sun your flowers get, the more blooms you’ll see.
- Tools you’ll need. To get your plants into the ground easily, nothing beats a trowel. A hoe is a good idea for weed removal. It’s also a good idea to get a watering can with a nozzle and a set of hand pruners.
- Look for soil with good drainage. The ideal drainage rate is two inches per hour. Here’s a quick DIY solution for testing the drainage of your soil.
- Dig a hole, fill it with water and let it sit overnight.
- The next day, refill the hole with water. Then, measure it by laying a stick across the top and using a tape measure to measure the vertical distance between the stick and the water.
- Measure the drainage every hour
- Remove any weeds from the area. Weeds allowed to grow in the same area will literally rob your flowers of the nutrients, water, and energy they need to survive.
- Arrange your flowers. Whether you start with a packet of seeds or seedlings, give a bit of forethought as to which will grow taller and more vibrant. Plant the one that will grow taller in the back.
The Key Takeaway
If you’re ready to plant flowers, this is the ideal time to do it. The Ohio soil and climate is more than enough to provide you with beautiful blooms and healthy flowers throughout the season.
For ideas about flower gardens and varieties, get in touch with Hidden Creek Landscaping by visiting our online Dream Builder site.