The Top 5 Seeds to Start Planting in May

Frosts are finished and it’s time for prosperity again. But the sheer number of beautiful blooms should make us all stop in our tracks to ask what to plant in May. If you’re at a loss over what seeds to plant, consider these can’t-miss classics. Equal parts lush and temperate, there’s something on this list for everyone.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ― Gérard de Nerval

Pansies

Pansy Flowers

Stout and forgiving, pansies make ideal novice seeds to plant. And so joyful too- they seem to smile in every color imaginable!

Plant them 7-12 inches apart in moist, sunny, well-drained soil. If they seem to flag, a good watering usually puts them right again. Best of all, they’ll be there to cheer you through most of the year!

Daffodils

Daffodil Flowers

“I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze…” – William Wordsworth

While the sweet flowers called daffodils are supposed to be planted in the fall, you can shortcut the process by buying growing daffodils to transplant. Pick containers that have buds but no blooms. Put them in your own soil and they’ll continue to develop beautifully.

Cilantro

Planting Cilantro

Nothing’s as soothing as the cool, tangy bite of cilantro. From Mexican to Chinese dishes, it adds a wink to any dish. It’s horribly overpriced in stores- but you can easily cultivate it yourself!

Plant the seeds close together on sunny soil, giving them an inch of water a week as they grow, It’s definitely what to plant in May- summer planted cilantro is often bitter.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangea Flowers

Like daffodils, hydrangeas are hardy ladies. Plus there’s something irresistibly genteel in their bright, cushioned blooms. For full skirts and iced tea, it’s all about billowy hydrangeas!

Hydrangeas enjoy sun in the morning, so plant on the east side of your home if possible. Set them 3 to 10 feet apart, depending on the space you want to fill. Give the roots lots of room to grow and water liberally. If you plant early enough, you may even enjoy blooms all the way into fall.

Lavender

Lavender Field

“I love lavender—both the color and the smell. And the sound (be quiet so you can hear it).” ― Jarod Kintz

Lavender looks good, smells fantastic, and has endless culinary and gift giving possibilities. Put it in soap, sachets, bouquets, ice cream, sauces… or just enjoy the downwind fragrance!

Lavender needs a full eight hours of sunlight each day. Good drainage is also a must, so find a slope. Once you’ve got your spot, wet the soil and space the bulbs generously. They need to be well watered in the first weeks, giving you proud flowers in summer.

What to Plant in May… Continued

Spring is such a wonderful season for planting; we hope you can benefit from and take advantage of The Top 5 Seeds to Start Planting in May. With so many seeds to plant, what makes spring come alive for you? Reach out to the fine folks at Plaza Flowers and bend an ear- we’re always delighted to make new friends!

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