At some point this April, most Canadians will be able to start planting frost-tolerant flowers. (We know, we know. It seems unlikely at this point in time, right? Hear us out…) Gardening expert Antonio Valente shares his tips for the frost-tolerant flowers and veggies you can start planting in your garden.
These are the flowers you should be planting right now
PANSIESThese are very frost-tolerant and have been known to bounce back after a light snow. They come in a myriad of colours and require full sun, but will benefit from light shade as summer heat hits.
VIOLASThese are similar to pansies, just a bit smaller.
RanuculusThese make a beautiful cut flower, too. They come in a rainbow of colours.
Primula (primrose)An old fashioned favourite! These are perennials, so they'll come back year after year. They prefer shade.
HelleboresThese flowers are very long lasting and, like primulas, will return year after year. These also prefer a shady spot in your garden.
Spring bulbsThink tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. If you didn't get around to planting bulbs last autumn, most garden centres will now have them forced and ready to go in pots.
LettuceThis green is super easy to grow and can be planted in the spring and fall.
arugulaThis is best planted in the early spring for harvest in early summer. It will begin to fade in the summer heat. Plant again in late summer for an autumn harvest.
kaleFact: Cool weather kale actually tastes better.
carrotsSow as soon as you can work your soil.
peasHome grown peas are delicious. Plant them as soon as you can work the soil. They will fade out by the time the summer heat hits.
radishRadish is super easy to grow and great for new gardeners. They're very quick growing, so they're also great if you're impatient. Sow a row of them every month throughout the summer for a constant supply.
beetsBeets are also easy to grow. Sow in spring for early to mid-summer harvest and again in mid summer for autumn harvest. The leaves are also edible, so don't throw them out. They're available in a number of different varieties.