Now that it is May, the weather is warm. It is the best period to get into planting and feed your garden with beautiful May plants.
This May Plant Guide will cover 15 beautiful plants you can grow in your garden, either outdoors or indoors, after having the right tools.
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This May Flower Guide is intended to assist any type of gardener, annual or perennial. It isn’t too late to plant in the month of May, and it is even the best period to sow your seeds.
Typically, most plants tend to grow and yield faster during this month. It is when the ideal conditions for proper germination of your plants are met. You should have started your garden already.
In springtime, the frost has passed in many regions, and the weather is warmer. You may now decide to have new seeds sown or move your nursery plants to the field for full germination. Either of the two, this May Plant article will walk you through the best plants to grow in it.
In this May Plant Guide, here are the 15 beautiful plants to grow, ranging from gorgeous flowers to tasty fruits and healthy vegetables.
- Swiss Chard
A sunflower is a flower that does best in a field in May. It is one of the best plants to grow in this fifth month of the year. Sunflowers bloom the most, and it grows faster in organically rich, warm soil.
Apart from being easy to grow during the spring, it is one plant that brightens up your garden with its beautiful and inciting yellow-orange petals, offering a huge pollen source for bees and butterflies.
Sunflower seeds start to germinate as soon as the temperature of the soil reaches 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). This garden flower blooms from June to September on a stalk of about three feet tall and maintains its color saturation throughout the summer months.
Lavender is a shrubby herb with a ton of medicinal purposes. It is one of the few plants that is very easy to grow. It germinates faster in the garden of full sunlight and well-drained soil.
Lavender has a vibrant color with an inviting fragrance that nearly keeps you “not going” for the whole of the day. It leaves your surroundings with a romantic aroma.
Apart from its scent, its beautiful blue-purple color also adds dramatic lines of landscape to your garden.
Ensure you water your newly planted lavender regularly throughout the first summer. Consequently, be sure to weed out the dead parts and stems to ensure it flourishes throughout the summer.
One of the most interesting things about lavender is that it is perennial, so that you will have it in your garden year after year.
Spinach is another plant that you could add to your garden this month. It grows within a few blinks of weeks after sowing.
There are varieties of it that you can try. It includes Bloomsdale Longstanding, Space, and so on.
Either of the varieties welcomes the warm weather of May. All you need to do is sprinkle the seeds in rows, cover them with light soil, and keep the soil moist.
Spinach is another plant that does best in springtime.
Lettuce, also known as salad leaves, remains one of the best plants. It grows and matures within 30–35 days of planting. Grow your lettuce in an area exposed to sunlight and adequately watered.
Though it doesn’t withstand lots of heat, some varieties have been bred to grow in summer. You can try varieties like Nevada, Muir, and Concept and see how lettuce does well in the month of May.
May is the best month to plant your strawberries. Once you miss it, you may have to wait until next year.
Strawberries are perennials that need organically rich soil for profitable growth and maturation. There must be enough sunlight for strawberries to germinate, coupled with sufficiently regulated water from early spring onwards.
Ensure to start your strawberries in a pot, hanging basket, or strawberry planters.
Strawberries tend to grow well in nurseries before transplanting to the final bed. When choosing the variety, you want to plant, do opt for an “everbearing” type that produces fruits until the first frost.
Cosmos is another sun-loving plant that you may choose to plant in May.
Cosmos has a variety of colors ranging from pink to red and orange. They are beautiful flowers that make your garden look great as you stand them in vases or your planting pots.
To ensure the best results, grow your cosmos in well-aerated and moist soil open to full sunlight. The blooming of your cosmos petals will leave your garden with a stunning look.
The May Plant Guide wouldn’t be completed if tomatoes weren’t on the list. They grow faster and mature quickly.
They grow abundantly during this time. When planting your tomatoes, ensure that you plant the seedlings in well-drained soil and that your planting pot is open to sunlight.
Tomato seedlings are frost sensitive, and you must ensure that you pay attention to the weather report to ensure that late frost does not ruin them. You wouldn’t want to miss the tasty addition of tomatoes to your dishes.
Marigolds are the best plants to grow at this time. Though they bloom all season, they are bright, cheerful, and pest-free.
Marigolds can brighten up any garden with their beautiful orange and yellow tones. Marigolds can be planted in containers or directly into the ground, where they will bloom.
In warm soil, seeds typically germinate in four to fourteen days. Marigold leaves are also edible, making them an excellent complement to summer salads.
May is the last month to seed sweetcorn to ensure that it grows and ripens in time for summer.
It is recommended that you sow your corn in a container first before transplanting it to the bed for full germination to ensure fruitful maturation.
Corn needs adequate water. Put the seedlings outside when they’re big enough to handle and keep them well hydrated.
Cabbage is a veggie plant that is hardly affected by frost. Cabbage tends to do well in the cool season but can survive warmer weather.
When planting your cabbage, ensure there is enough space in your garden as it tends to take lots of space while germinating.
This May Plant Guide also includes beans in its lists of the best flowers or herbs to grow. Beans are one warm-season crop that is best seeded in warm weather.
Beans do not germinate well in the cold season and do not usually succeed in the nursery.
There are many varieties of beans you can plant. Just ensure that you protect them from late frost that may render them ruined.
Another plant you may decide to grow in May is carrots. Carrots survive after the frost period has passed. Because they do not grow well in a nursery, they are best planted directly in the field or garden.
Zinnia grows well up to about four feet when planted in a well-fertilized, weed-free, well-hydrated soil.
There are a wide variety of zinnias that you can choose to grow in May. Zinnia can as well be sown easily outside.
Your garden looks great as the zinnia starts to bloom. Zinnias are colorful flowers that give your garden a vibrant display of beauty.
14. Swiss Chard
Swiss chard has high heat tolerance and grows well in cool weather. It has the beautiful color of large pale green and brown leaves.
It’s a beautiful plant that often succeeds in the nursery without getting ruined. Keep your garden soil moist while the seeds continue to germinate.
May is the best month to get your herbs into containers or beds. Some varieties prefer cool weather, while some others can do well when it is warm.
All you need to do is to ensure that your herbs are protected from heavy frost. All herbs – Amazel Basil, dill, oregano, parsley, and more – tend to do best in May.
After reading through this May Plant Guide, I believe you’ve gotten an idea of the different plants you can plant now.
The plants you can actually plant are not limited to the lists in this guide. There are numerous of them, but after thorough research, the lists here represent the best and most beautiful plants you can plant in May.
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