How To Plant The Perfect Easter Garden

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Easter is a special time of year that announces the approaching spring. Trees are sprouting new leaves that will provide relief from the summer sun, colorful flowers are blooming everywhere, and gardeners are cleaning up garden statuary to display in the summer garden. Plant a little springtime and give your garden an Easter theme.

Choosing Easter Colors

Pastel colors are a popular choice for Easter. Powder puff hues of pink, yellow, blue, green, lavender or orange adorn the Easter season. But, Easter doesn’t have to be a muted season. It can also create a contrast to the soft pastels with bold and electric versions of pink, blue, purple, yellow and green.

Selecting Easter Plants

Nothing signifies spring better than an assortment of blooming Easter plants growing in the garden. When thinking about flowers to plant in an Easter garden, the following plants quickly come to mind:

  • The most widely grown Easter lily is called “Nellie White” which has large white trumpet-shaped flowers and a light fragrance. To extend the life of the flowers, remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed. For more white flowers, see How To Grow A White Flower Garden.
  • Tulips are a colorful attraction to the garden, coming in a variety of colors, petal shapes and heights. Plant tulips as a mass planting to create a colorful flowerbed and to provide cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
  • Daffodils, or narcissus, have a wide variety of cultivars with blooms lasting from 6 weeks to 6 months. Daffodils are perfect for the beginner gardener and, under good growing conditions, daffodils will last a lifetime. Select from the 13 divisions of daffodils to find the perfect color, shape and size for your Easter garden.
  • Easter cactus has rose pink, red and purple flowers that bloom in April and May, but its foliage stays green all year long. As a bonus, it requires little care.
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Here are some more ideas for flowers and plants to grow in an Easter garden:

  • Other common flowering plants for an Easter garden include hydrangeas, tree form azalea, chrysanthemums, cinerarias, and miniature roses.
  • For an indoor garden, consider growing white gardenia, red hibiscus, pink kalanchoe and peace lily.
  • Untraditional plants to use in an Easter garden are the lucky bean plant, a rosemary bonsai, ponytail plant, potted herbs and cyclamen.
  • A yellow and lavender Easter arrangement can be created with yellow roses, lavender daisy poms, mauve tulips, heather, mauve carnations, purple hyacinth and pittosporum.
  • Create a blue and pink Easter arrangement with blue hyacinth, pink tulips, carnations and white alstroemeria. For more blue flowers, see How To Create A Blue Flower Garden.
  • Stay with the traditional Easter white and plant roses, gerbera daisies, Peruvian lilies and carnations.

Decorating the Easter Garden

Some of the most popular outdoor decorations that adorn gardens during Easter are brightly painted eggs, Easter bunnies, bird nests and butterflies. Here are just a few ways to decorate an Easter garden.

Decorate an Easter tree: Choose a small tree in a prominent place in the garden to decorate with Easter ornaments. Trees can be decorated with single eggs that hang from a string, garlands of flowers or rubber duckies, richly designed birdhouses, and baby chicks.

Craft Easter Eggs: There’s more to Easter decorations than plain plastic eggs. Wrap plastic eggs with ribbons and lace. Make unique eggs using a balloon, colorful string or thread, and glue:

  • Blow up an egg-shaped balloon.
  • Glue the string to the balloon in decorative patterns, until the entire balloon is covered.
  • Allow the glue to dry and pop the balloon.

Decorate The Back Door: Wreaths and Easter bouquets can make the doorway to your garden beautiful:

  • Glue plastic Easter eggs, fuzzy pom-pom Easter chicks or silk butterflies to a wreath form for a simple wreath.
  • A collection of Easter flowers can be arranged in a brightly colored closed umbrella and hung on the door.
  • Attach small bird nests to a grapevine wreath.

Bunny Basket: Put a basket of bunnies by the front door. Stuffed bunnies can be arranged in a straw basket and decorated with ribbon, raffia and butterflies. Make bunnies out of scrap material, such as 4” x 12” pieces of burlap sewn together like a pillowcase:

  • Stuff the pillowcase about 2/3 full and tie off with a ribbon.
  • Cut the top piece vertically down the middle to create ears.
  • Eyes and other decorations can be either embroidered or made from buttons.

Here are some other ideas for Easter flower baskets or centerpieces:

  • Place a pot of daffodils inside a decorative basket, cover the soil with moss, and decorate with pom-pom chicks.
  • Grow a tray of wheat grass or other thick low-growing grass for an outdoor table Easter centerpiece. Arrange chocolate bunnies, crocus flowers, and candy eggs on the grass tray.

Planting an Easter garden is a fun way to decorate a garden for spring. There is a wide variety of early-spring flowering plants that come in the perfect Easter colors to decorate a landscape. Adding statuary in the shapes of birds, rabbits, butterflies and Easter baskets will add a fresh look and visual interest. While you are decorating the garden, don’t forget to decorate the door and the garden gate.

Last Updated: March 6, 2012
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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