Trees are breaking into young growth, flowering trees are giving their best displays, and shrubs are a riot of color.

Bulbs and perennials, of course, are really putting on a show – the tulip, narcissus, lachenalia, freesia, ixia, saxifraga, sparaxis, and iris.

Those fortunate enough to grow peonies have something delightful and rather uncommon. Clivias, which started to flower in late winter, make orange carpets under trees.

Annuals complete the pageant – not only spring-flowering ones, but also the poppies, stocks, pansies, and violas continuing their winter show.

Spring is indeed a wonderful time for the gardener. Under the stimulus of such magnificent displays it is tempting to develop a garden which is gorgeous in spring but rather drab at other times of the year.

Everyone knows of gardens which fall into this category, and if the gardener wants it that way there is nothing further to be said. But with a little thought he can get a fine spring display without jeopardizing other seasonal shows.

Most gardens can have a few spring flowering shrubs and trees which are also quite attractive at other times of the year. The bronze-leaved flowering plum is an example. The hawthorn, rhaphiolepis, and rondeletia are other good general-purpose plants.

In planning a garden it is wise to select a few good spring-flowering shrubs and trees, place them strategically, and make sure there are at least some bulbs and perennials to give spring color.

One way to get a good spring display without unduly restricting those of other seasons is to use annuals to the fullest advantage.

Here we have a wide choice: Alyssum, ageratum, aquilegia, candytuft, godetia, french marigold, lobelia, geum, wallflower, nasturtium, ranunculus, schizanthus, and many more.

The linaria is a wonderful little winter-flowering and spring-flowering plant, hardy, fast-growing, and coming quickly into bloom. It’s often best to sow it direct.

Don’t forget to add a little more fragrance to the spring garden by having at least a few plants of mignonette.

Sweet peas are always popular and the modern strains are easily grown and most rewarding.

In the midst of all this springtime display the gardener, however, will realize that summer is just around the corner.

Winter-flowering shrubs will need pruning, weeds have also responded to warmer days, and lawns are beginning to demand attention.

Gardeners are not only faced with present problems, but have to think of the future. But for the time being we can at least enjoy the lovely freshness of the springtime garden.

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