Wintertime Daydreams of Spring Planting

by | Feb 2023

Blue Pop Star Hydrangea

Bailey Nurseries

While there is nothing like a gorgeous winter day in Minnesota, it’s this time of year when I find myself daydreaming of sunny spring days spent in the garden. Thankfully, that daydreaming also acts as a perfect time to accomplish spring planning. Here are some tips for how to use your daydreaming sessions to create the garden of, well, your dreams.

Write Down Your Goals

Take time to write out goals for your space. Maybe you’ll update the plants along your fence line, or this is the year you’re going to impress with decorative containers at your front entry.

Visualize and Plan

Once you have your goals, it’s time to start planning how to make them a reality. Get into the details, and visualize how you’re going to make it happen with plants and hardscaping, plus budgets. I always start my research with a quick Pinterest search to find inspiration.

What’s New?

Every year, new and exciting plants hit the shelves at local garden centers that might just be the solution to one of your goals. A personal favorite of mine this year is Endless Summer® Pop Star® Hydrangea. The flower power on this hydrangea, especially for Minnesota gardens, is unbeatable. That plus the color, compact size and unique lacecap blooms add up to one pretty magnificent plant. Advice for where to plant Pop Star®? I love the impact that’s made when a couple are planted in a row along a walkway. Add one in a decorative container for that extra bit of showstopping garden magic.

Gretchen McNaughton is the communications and content specialist at Bailey Nurseries. Learn more at


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