Get Inspired: Our Staff’s Spring Planting Plans

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The Great Garden staff doesn't just talk the talk; they plant the plants!

Punny, we know, but spring has sprung, and our team is busy cultivating gorgeous perennials, shrubs, and trees in their gardens. Read on to discover what our Great Garden friends are planting this spring, their signature gardening style, favorite new plants, and more. Who knows, our staff’s garden picks might even inspire you!

Miranda: The Shade Gardener

What are you planting this spring?

“This is the first spring that we can plant in our new backyard, so I’ve been anticipating this all winter (or probably longer)! I’ve already purchased a bunch of Siberian bugloss, barrenworts, goatsbeard, and Japanese anemone. Can you tell I have a shade garden?”

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“The best part of my job is that I get to choose the new plants we offer, so how could I pick just one? The foxgloves (or Digitalis) are at the top of my list since I researched foxglove-pollinator interactions for a bit in Costa Rica. I’ve slowly started a Japanese anemone collection that needs Frilly Knickers™ Japanese anemone added to it, with ruffled petals and soft purple accents. Last but not least, Flavorette™ Honey-Apricot rose, because peach is my favorite garden color AND the petals are edible.”

Miranda sitting on a porch with container plants
Tori in a sunflower garden

Tori: The Colorful Gardener

What are you planting this spring?

Sparkling Stars’ pink and red masterwort, ‘Bubble Bath’ allium, ‘Fall in Love Sweetly’ Japanese anemone, and ‘Peachie’s Pick Stokes’ aster. I have a bunch more in my wishlist too!”

How would you describe your garden style?

“My garden style is color, color, color! I want things that re-bloom or are long blooming.”

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“I am most excited about the ‘Dalmatian Purple’ and ‘Sugar Plum’ foxgloves because they look amazing in the greenhouse! They’re definitely on my wishlist.”

Lindsey: The Container Gardener

How would you describe your garden style?

“Because I’m so busy, I find myself opting for container plants that require low levels of maintenance and sunlight to keep them thriving for a long time! This is why I love a good boho garden with lots of green foliage; the longevity of those plants is super important to me.”

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“‘Maggie Daley’ astilbe is my new obsession, the feathery lavender pink blooms are seriously to die for!”

What word best describes how plants make you feel?

“Connected. Every time I admire the beauty of a flower, I feel connected to the beauty that our earth gives us!”

Lindsey sitting on a hill surrounded by flowers
Kennedy in a greenhouse/conservatory

Kennedy: The Pet Planter

What are you planting this spring?

“Some cat-friendly plants for my shady balcony, probably lots of catmint.”

How would you describe your garden style?

“I don’t have a garden, but I love the look of the old Victorian-style gardens like the one in princess diaries.”

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“I love the ‘Café au lait’ dahlia and the ‘Candy Mountain’ foxglove.”

What word best describes how plants make you feel?

“Happy and refreshed, I love being outside!”

Tani: The Maximalist Gardener

What are you planting this spring?

“A little bit of everything! I’m planning to completely change the landscaping in front of my house this year. I have my eye on Dandy Man Color Wheel Rhododendron, Lenten roses, Japanese Painted Fern, ‘Wild Rose’ coral bells, and ‘Pretty in Pink’ barrenwort.” 

How would you describe your garden style?

“Maximalist! With a little sprinkle of chaos. When it comes to my garden, more is more! I love flowers and bright, vivid colors. I mix annuals and perennials to create a look I can easily change each year. I’m extremely laid back when working in the garden, so I gravitate towards low-maintenance plants. Last year I grew more perennials and shrubs that could be added to cut flower arrangements, and now I’m hooked. As my garden starts to bloom, there isn’t a week that goes by that I’m not bringing a cut flower arrangement to my kitchen table.”

Emilee in a sunflower garden

Emilee: The Shrub Lover

What are you planting this spring?

“My apartment doesn’t allow me to have a garden! But I will live vicariously through my mom’s and convince her to add some ‘Essence Purple’ lavender.”

How would you describe your garden style?

“My gardening style is focused more on greenery. I love a good flower, but I would prefer to have my garden filled with leafy shrubs.”

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“I am the most excited for ‘Emerald Mist’ Siberian bugloss perennials! I love the greenery of them, but they also get small blue blooms – how cute!”

What word best describes how plants make you feel?

“Serene.”

Pam: The Timeless Gardener

What are you planting this spring?

“To tell you the truth, not sure if I will have time this year, but I’m expected to see some of my lovely perennials bloom soon.”

How would you describe your garden style?

“Not sure I have one, I like a little bit of everything!

Which new plant from Great Garden Plants are you most excited about?

“The dahlias are timeless, and the lupine too!”

What word best describes how plants make you feel?

“Calm.”

Pan in the greenhouse

Meet the full Great Garden Plants team:

Written by: Lindsey Griffith, click here to read bio.

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