Nothing makes the season seem more alive than some gardening.
And with everything going on in the world, I find that adding a little bit of color and greenery to my life is a huge mood booster.
I’ve been an avid gardener for a few years now, but I didn’t always have a green thumb. In fact, it took quite some time to learn the ins and outs of keeping my plants and newly-bloomed flowers alive!
But thanks to some practice (and some help from a close friend), I can finally enjoy a flourishing spring garden every year.
A couple of years ago, I got together with a good friend of mine named Phillip Watson. Phillip and I had a neat little series called “Fridays with Phillip” where we would talk about everything from the best tomato recipes to growing hydrangeas.
In one of our segments (probably my favorite), Phillip gave everyone a tour of his home garden. I joined in… but he really provided all of the gardening tips and tricks that were worth listening to.
I mean, he is a landscape designer after all!
At the time, his favorite garden addition was the verbena bonariensis — a beautiful purple flower that looks lightweight and dainty. I have my favorite too… hydrangeas!
He taught me some helpful tips to keep those alive, but he wasn’t always there to hold my hand. So over time, I’ve discovered a few nifty tools to keep my spring garden going strong.
But that’s not the only thing that makes my garden special! I like to add decor and a variety of plants to give the landscape some texture and liveliness. Here are some of my gardening favorites that I’ll be using this year.
*post includes affiliate links
My Go-To Spring Garden Tools
You can try to plant everything with your hands, but I will assure you, working with a great set of gardening tools is a must!
The Dirty Little Digger is the ultimate gardening tool. It replaces multiple other gardening tools including a cultivator, trowel, scoop, weeder and bulb digger.
It’s also incredibly comfortable to hold.
So this one isn’t really a tool… but it’s absolutely necessary if you want to give your plants all of the right nutrients.
The Cottage Farms Bud ‘N Flower Booster has always been a favorite. It’s easy to mix up because you just drop one of the packets into a gallon jug of water and you’re good to go!
I’ve been using these Martha Stewart pruners for the past few years so I can 100% vouch for them.
They give you a clean cut when you’re trimming or dead-heading your flowers. Both of which are essential for the health of the plant.
Decor and Other Gardening Additions
Your spring decor doesn’t have to stay inside. In fact, some of my favorite decorations sit on my patio!
I’ll start by showing you some of the wind chimes we have available in the Just Jill Shop.
One of our newest is this sweet cardinal wind chime. With every chime, you know an angel is near!
We also have a sea turtle wind chime that features sea glass. Great for a beach-lover like me!
I love this bird bath with a petite bird that sits atop.
While it’s a great addition to any garden, it can also be a catch-all that you use inside.
We also have one that features a turtle!
Everyone needs a place to sit down and enjoy their garden. You don’t want all of that planting work to go to waste!
That’s why I adore this cast iron aluminum bench. It’s has a durable foundation and it comes in a deep bronzed color. Isn’t it just charming?
If you need to spruce up your potting game, check out these metallic planters.
They come in two colors and they’re great for everything from home-grown tomatoes to a patio rose tree!
If you want to add decor to your garden with minimal effort, our copper patina garden stakes are worth a look.
This set comes with three stakes and they can be placed in pots or in your yard.
My Favorite Plants To Add To My Spring Garden
If you’re in need of some spring garden inspiration, you don’t have to look far. Here are a few flowers you can add to your own patio or backyard.
This stunning summer crush hydrangea is sure to add a pop of color to your garden. It’s long-blooming and it also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies!
Speaking of bright color, take a look at these gladiolus flowers.
They feature beautiful hues of pink, orange, red and white. The flowers also look good in groups!
The butterfly bush pugster is such a pretty addition. The flowers are full and vivid. And they’re even tolerant in drought-like conditions!
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my spring garden must-haves.
I can’t wait to get started with all of my plantings and I hope you’re thinking about all of the ways to make yours special too!
From my garden to yours,