Planting schedules for a great looking yard

This is the best way to create a yard you can enjoy and show off all year long.

The area of the country you live in plays a significant role in when you should plant your vegetables, fruits, plants, and flowers, but the general guidelines for which season to plant specific items are similar. Keep a log of when and where you are planting things so you can watch for items to bud as well as provide each with the care it needs to thrive.


If you live in a cooler climate, start your seeds and plants indoors until you are sure the freezing season has passed. Keep your eye on weather reports so you know the ground will stay warm enough overnight to prevent your garden plants from dying. If you live in the middle regions of the country, the week of Mother’s Day is a good time to plant garden vegetables, including tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and squash.

Northern states should wait a bit longer, while southern states might be able to get the garden going earlier. Spring is also a good time to plant annuals in the ground and in pots.


You won’t want to plant anything in the extreme heat of the summer, but early summer is a good time to plant beans, corn, herbs, and pumpkins. If you prefer container gardening, you can start plants in the summer provided you keep them in a place that gets plenty of sun but isn’t sitting in the direct heat all day.


Fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs, trees, and bushes in many parts of the country so they will bloom when spring comes. Plant bulbs before the freezing season starts —don’t worry about dipping temperatures. Perennials are hardy enough to withstand very low temperatures and lots of moisture, so they almost always survive the winter and bloom in the spring.

Shrubs should also be planted in the  fall  to bloom in the spring. Though you can plant them in the spring, you might have to wait a year for blooms, and they may not do as well as they would if you waited until the fall.


If you live in a warm climate, you may be able to plant trees and bushes during winter months. Many such plants hold up well during cold weather, so they are ideal choices if you want to spruce up your yard during the winter. You may also be able to grow container plants outdoors, as long as you bring them inside if low temperatures are expected.

It’s always best to read through the planting instructions on any flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, or trees you purchase. The tag usually tells you which conditions are best for that particular plant. Familiarize yourself with your zone so you’re fully aware of when the time comes to plant your chosen items. This is the best way to create a yard you can enjoy and show off all year long.