After a long dry winter, the first signs of spring can be seen around the Old Mill District! Peek into the center of many perennials and you will find tender new shoots emerging.

Perennial Growth

Daffodil and crocus bulbs are starting to break through the frozen soil.

Daffodil bulb

Flower buds on early spring bloomers including forsythia, quince, creeping phlox and basket-of-gold are starting to swell while the Mediterranean heather is already in

flower creating pale pink mounds.


If you are itch’n to get out into your garden here are some tasks for the month of March:

Finish renewal pruning of dormant shrubs by selectively removing old and overgrown stems or canes. This creates more vigorous growth and better flowering.

-Cut ornamental grasses such as ‘Karl Foerster’ reed grass that you may have left standing for winter interest. Plants should be taken down to six to twelve inches high.

Reed Grass

-Browse nursery catalogs and garden books for perennials, trees, or shrubs that you may want to add to your landscape this spring.

-Purchase a soil thermometer and plant when soils temperatures reach 40 °F cold hardy vegetable seeds such as beets, carrots, peas, and spinach. Using a cold frame will add additional protection.

-In mid-to-late March, purchase pansies and violas to spruce up containers and garden beds.   These plants are cold hardy and come in a variety of exciting colors.

Pansy Pot

Happy gardening!

Nate O’Meara

Bed and Color Supervisor

Millsite Landscape Services