Let us guess - spring is just around the corner and you can't help but think about all the plants you're going to fill your garden with. We don't blame you! It is most often heard that you must wait to plant anything until you are pretty certain that there is no longer a threat of frost. Of course, it is impossible to know for sure when frost won't come knocking on your door, but taking your very best guess is commonly advised.

But - what if you can't wait that long? You want colorful plants and you want them now! Well, we have a solution for you. Below is a list of frost-tolerant annuals that won't mind if you plant them before the last Michigan frost. Your landscaper can plant these beautiful flowers during your spring cleanup as long as the ground is workable. Continue reading to learn more about each of these frost-tolerant annuals and choose which ones will fit your garden best!


Violas

Purple viola flowers in bloom near Ada, Michigan.

Violas are beautiful flowers that come in all kinds of colors including white, purple, violet, yellow, and maroon. Violas will grow up to 10 inches tall and need a partially sunny and moist environment to thrive. As the season passes and you start to see the flowers dying off a little bit, don't fret. Just cut your violas back to encourage new growth!

Violas are not only a great pop of color to your garden, but they are also edible! Add them to your salads or use them to garnish your plates to make your homemade meal look restaurant-worthy.


Pansies

Purple pansies planted at a residence in Cascade, Michigan.

Pansies are very similar to violas because they actually derive from violas. So, technically, all pansies are violas but not all violas are pansies. A great way to tell the difference between the two is to check if the flower has four petals pointing upwards and only one pointing downward - this is a pansy. If the flower has two petals pointing up and three petals pointing down, this is a viola.

Pansies have even more color options than violas, including blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow, and even multicolor. They love full and direct morning sun followed by some shade from the harsher, afternoon sun. Just like violas, pansies are also edible! Their wide range of colors offers so many opportunities to use them in food decoration to wow your guests.


Primroses

Multi-colored primrose flowers in bloom near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Planting primroses in early spring will give you a burst of vibrant blues, pinks, reds, yellows, oranges, and lavenders, most with a distinctive yellow eye in the middle. Primroses can grow up to 1 foot high and enjoy being planted where there are partial shade and damp, woodland-like conditions.

Primroses are adaptable, meaning planting them will make you one step closer to a low-maintenance garden. The most you will have to do to keep your primroses healthy is make sure they stell well-watered and consider adding an annual fertilizer.


Snapdragons

Snapdragon flowers in full bloom at a property in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Snapdragons are actually named after the way that they look - their individual flower heads resemble the snout of a dragon. These flowers even open and close in a snapping motion when pollinators open the "jaws" to reach the pollen. The colors of snapdragons range through almost every hue and are highly saturated, making them the perfect addition to kick off your spring garden.

Some varieties of snapdragons can grow up to 4 feet tall. They do best when they are planted in moist soil in a sunny location. They can tolerate partial shade but love the sunshine.


Did these beautiful, frost-tolerant annuals catch your eye? Call us!

Thinking about what plants to put in your garden to celebrate the start of spring is so exciting. These four types of annuals are great options if you simply can't wait until the last frost of the season! Planting these flowers during your spring cleanup is a great way to tackle two birds with one stone.

Don't have the time? Hire a professional team like ours. We offer spring cleanup services including landscape bed reshaping, debris removal, mulching, weed pulling, and more. If your property is located in Grand Rapids, Ada, Cascade, MI or a nearby area, give our office a call at (616) 293-0361 to schedule your spring cleanup today.