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17 Simple Spring Garden Ideas

Are you ready for the spring garden season? Whether you are an expert or just learning how to grow a garden, here’s 17 simple spring garden ideas.

It’s almost here!

I am so excited for spring, are you?

There’s nothing quite like seeing the bulbs and perennials break ground while trees and shrubs start to leaf out and bloom.

With my new gardens, I’m not sure what’s here so I am hoping the spring-like temps we’ve been having here in my gardening zone 6a, New Jersey climate sticks around!

Since spring is on the way, it’s time to prepare for the next growing season.

Here are 13 simple spring garden ideas.

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13 Simple Spring Garden Ideas

With spring on the way, it’s time to start thinking about what you want out of the next growing season.

Are you growing a vegetable garden?

Do you plan to start a new garden?

Do you want to grow a cut flower garden?

Or are you just maintaining what you already have?

Regardless of your garden goals this spring, here are some garden ideas to achieve what you want from this growing season.

daffodils and tulips in the spring garden

Things to Do in the Garden This Spring

With the temperatures warming up, there is no better time to get back out into the garden this spring.

Not sure where to begin?

Here are some ideas of things to do in the garden this spring.

Early Spring in the Garden

Dig, Divide and Transplant Perennials

Spring is a great time to dig, divide, and transplant perennials.

Dividing plants promotes plant health and increases your garden stock for free!

CLICK HERE to learn why and how to divide perennials.

happy gardening

And while we are on the subject of dividing perennials, did you know that you can divide a hydrangea too?


I tried it a few years ago and got three more hydrangea plants from one.

It was not hard to do, but you definately need to muscle through those roots.

CLICK HERE to see how to divide hydrangeas.

Everblooming hydrangea in my jersey garden

Spring Garden Clean-Up

Since I prefer to cut most of my perennials back after winter, spring garden clean-up can be a bit of a chore.

From picking up leaf and stick debris to cutting plants back to the ground, it’s time to clean out those beds to prepare for the next growing season.

CLICK HERE to get my spring garden checklist.

bearded iris is a great early spring blooming perennial to grow in the garden

Keep Deer From Eating Plants Early On

If you live in an area where deer decimate plants like me, then you need to start protecting plants as they emerge from the ground.

Deer are creatures of habit and if they learn early on they don’t like the taste of your plants, they will find a different route.

So early protection and maintenance are key to keep deer from eating garden plants.

CLICK HERE for my best tips to keeping deer from decimating the garden.

And while we are on the subject, this is the new two prong approach I used last year that worked REALLY well.

I’m totally doing it again here at the new house.

CLICK HERE to see what I did.

perennials vs annuals

Keep Japanese Beetles and Grubs at Bay with This Lawn Care Organic Tip

Japanese beetles are horrible aren’t they?

They can wreak havoc in the garden and wreck the foliage and blooms of plants.

Skip the pheromone traps that actually attract MORE to your garden than less and try this organic lawn care approach.

I did it myself and it works very well.

CLICK HERE to learn how to organically care for your lawn to minimize Japanese Beetle and Grub problems.

Spring Garden Flowers

Start a New Garden

If you are interested in starting a new garden, there are two ways to do it.

CLICK HERE to learn how to start a new garden bed or border.

CLICK HERE to learn how to start a new garden with the no-dig method.

How to Start a Garden

There’s Still Time to Start Seeds

Whether you are growing a vegetable, flower or herb garden, it’s not too late to start seeds indoors depending on what you want to grow.

CLICK HERE to learn how to start seeds indoors.

CLICK HERE to learn how to winter sow seed outdoors.

Sowing Seeds Indoors Without a Greenhouse

The Importance of Mulch and More

Every year, I mulch the gardens.

It suppresses weeds, helps retain moisture and overall soil quality.

While it can be pretty labor intensive, it is worth topping off the gardens each year with some mulch.

CLICK HERE to learn about mulching the garden.

Shed Garden at Sunrise in May

Start a Compost Pile

If you don’t have one already, start a compost pile in an unused area of your yard.

Compost is super easy to make, keeps plants healthy and improves soil health.

CLICK HERE to learn how to make the best compost!

Fall Garden Clean-Up

Make Leaf Mold

And while you are doing spring garden clean-up, don’t forget to keep those leaves to make leaf mold for the garden.

Adding leaf mold to the garden helps improve soil structure to keep plants happy and healthy.

I realize it might not sound all that exciting, but it really does help grow a beautiful garden.

CLICK HERE to learn the importance of leaf mold and how to make it.

landscaping for curb appeal

Spring Planting Ideas and Garden Design Tips

Each year, I’m asked how to grow a beautiful flower garden that can be enjoyed all season long.

And the truth is, it is not that hard to do.

There are a few things to keep in mind though.

Here’s what you need to know.

happy gardening

How to Grow a Colorful Garden With Everblooming Design

Looking for ways to grow an everblooming, colorful garden?

It is truly the best to watch a flower garden grow, bloom and change all season long.

CLICK HERE to learn how to grow a colorful flower garden that blooms from spring through fall.

dividing perennials - echinops, echinacea and monarda

And if you are interested growing flowers to cut this year, you’ve got to start a cut flower garden.

It is so rewarding and fun to make fresh bouquets all season long.

CLICK HERE to learn how to grow a cut flower garden for beginners.

My cut flower garden - How to Save Money at the Garden Nursery

Planting Container Gardens

While you can plant pansies and cold tolerant annuals in early spring, most annuals are safe to plant after all danger of frost passes.

In my zone 6a garden, that’s typically around mid-May.

Here are some container garden ideas for spring!

CLICK HERE to learn how to plant a container garden in a few easy steps.

How to Plant a Container Garden in 7 Easy Steps

I love a pretty window box too, don’t you?

Last year, we added some to the potting shed and it looked so pretty!

CLICK HERE to learn how to design and plant flowers in a window box.

How to Plant Flowers in Window Boxes

If you are not a fan of getting bit by mosquitos, did you know that there are certain plants that help keep them away?


CLICK HERE to learn how to plant a mosquito repellent garden.

mosquito repellent plants

How to Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to the Garden

Looking for ways to attract more butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden?

I enjoy watching these gorgeous creatures drop by each day.

It’s easy to attract both to the garden too.

Everblooming colorful garden in summer - my cottage garden

CLICK HERE to learn how to create a butterfly garden.

Plant THESE 10 easy care plants that butterflies love.

CLICK HERE to learn how to create a garden that attracts hummingbirds.

And plant THESE 9 easy-care plants that hummingbirds go crazy for!

cutting garden in my gardening zone 6a backyard border. This is my favorite cottage garden in the landscape.

5 Easy Ways to Grow a Cottage Garden

Are you interested in growing a cottage garden this year?

Growing a cottage garden is not hard to do.

HERE are some tips to get you started.

alliums and roses on the happy gardening tour

Spring Garden Tools and Garden Supplies

As a gardener, it’s so important to have the right tools and supplies readily available so you are ready to tackle whatever may come in the garden.

The 10 Best Garden Tools for the Beginner

If you are just starting out as a gardener, these are my favorite go-to garden tools that you will use over and over…and over again.

CLICK HERE to get the list!

deadheading flowers

67 Must-Have Spring Garden Supplies

With spring almost here, it is time to stock on your supplies.

While you may have some items on this list already, you’ll want to restock on some things you might not have.

CLICK HERE to see what supplies you need this spring garden season.

planting a container with garden gloves and trowel

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  1. So many great tips, Stacy! I definitely need to get out and finish cleaning up one side of my house which was neglected in the fall. I’m looking forward to adding a window box, new hydrangeas and expanding my cut flower garden! I know where to go if I have questions!! 😊

  2. So many beautiful photo’s of your garden. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and tips.

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  6. Oh my goodness, Stacy. So many great ideas to kick off spring gardening. I’m definitely saving this post for later and would love to share a link to it in my week in rewind post this weekend.

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