Plant gladiolus corms at 2-week intervals beginning now through the middle of June. Set corms 3 inches deep and 4 inches apart, in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Also try miniature gladiolus varieties for a different look.
Plant Morning Glories
Annual morning glory and moonvines provide around-the-clock blooms when grown up walls, fences, and arbors. Nick the seeds to hasten germination. Moonvine produces white flowers, and morning glories come in a variety of flower colors such as blue, red, pink, and white. Many have color combinations in patterns such as swirls, stripes, and speckles.
Crown-forming perennials such as aster, baby's breath, balloon flower, delphinium, garden phlox, and heliopsis produce larger, healthier flower stems when thinned now. Snip off all but four or five of the strongest shoots when their growth is 3 to 4 inches high.
When selecting annual bedding plants, smaller-branched, well-proportioned plants without flowers will be a better choice than large, flowering plants. The smaller plants are not rootbound and will grow more quickly to flower in the garden. Older plants may take longer to overcome the stress of transplanting than small plants.
If you haven't already done so, feed your lawn with a 15-5-10 or similar granular fertilizer. Apply amounts as recommended on the label. Usually about 6 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet can be applied. Water well after applying.