Spring Ahead! Outdoor Landscaping Design Dreams for March

Posted on March 14, 2012

This has been a weird winter. When we should have been shivering in December, we were holiday shopping in flip flops and spring jackets instead. Nature finally ran its course – the leaves managed to fall off the trees, and the planters and window boxes around town have faded to drab, dusty arrangements of leaves and sticks. But now that it’s warm and balmy, wouldn’t you rather see fuzzy green buds on the trees and daffodils shooting up all over? Many of our corporate clients do, and I can't wait either!

Pansies Help Welcome Springtime in February

One of my clients could not wait for spring flowers, so we took a chance and planted a vibrant rainbow of pansies in her front outdoor planter a few weeks ago to combat the lingering grayness of late winter.


Pansies are cold-hardy plants that can usually withstand freezing nights and last-chance blizzards. I generally recommend waiting till St. Patrick’s Day to include them in our corporate outdoor landscaping projects, but this year I went ahead and tried during last week of February - I think because it had been 50 degrees for a week. Here's to hurrying, spring!

Local NYC Landscaping Projects & the Spring Garden Itch

Here at Big Apple Florist, we love to create and maintain both indoor and outdoor plantscapes for corporate clients, large residential buildings, and smaller private residences all over NYC. Most of our outdoor landscaping designs have an elegant foundation of evergreen plantings that look green and interesting all year, even in the depressing dark of winter. Three to four times a year, we complement them with seasonal plantings to add color, drama and variety. We’re beginning to prepare for our corporate and residential clients’ first colorful spring plantings, and ever since I planted those pansies I’ve been wishing, planning and dreaming of a gorgeous spring garden of my own. But like the old saying about the shoemaker’s children having no shoes goes…I’m too busy caring for other peoples plants to create something nice of my own. So in an effort to educate, inspire, and share my enthusiasm for plants and flowers, I am going to commit to documenting my spring garden transformation on the blog. I invite you to send me some of your BEFORE pictures – so we can grow and blossom together. Send them to georgeann (at) bigappleflorist.com, or leave a comment on this post!

Georgeann’s Outdoor Garden Landscape: BEFORE

outdoor-landscaping-nyc-garden outdoor-landscaping-nyc-spring spring-outdoor-landscaping-nyc outdoor-landscaping-garden My outdoor landscaping goals for this week:
  • Clear out all the dead plants.
  • Dead head the remaining herb garden.
  • Spray-paint my Buddha statue.
  • Get festive new party lights.
  • Turn over all the old soil and add new soil where necessary.
  • Move containers around to refresh look, and discard old gross pots that are falling apart.
  • Think about a layout that will combine plants will lasting winter interest with fun seasonal additions.
  • Plant some pansies to brighten the mornings till May. Create a bridge to Spring!
Seriously, commit to making 2012 the most beautiful spring ever by enlivening your outdoor space – or even an empty inside windowsill – with the living beauty of a plantscape. For professional help with your outdoor landscaping design, call on our team of experts to help create the perfect plantscape for your home or office! Call us at (212) 687-3434, or contact us online for more information.

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