There’s just something about Easter. The bright pastels, the sense of new beginnings and of course, the peeking of buds as they emerge from the ground after winter.
Easter plants look beautiful on the dinner table, but did you know that many of them are also perennials? Long after they’ve adorned your table, they can provide beautiful bursts of color in the garden. Here are a few of our favorites.
Miniature Daffodils (Tete a Tetes)
Daffodils are one of the most anticipated signs of spring’s arrival. Smaller than their traditional siblings, the tete a tetes grow to about 4 inches. These bloom early in the season, providing a welcome pop of cheer. Prolific growers, they’ll give you a whole sea of deep golden yellow in short time.
One of the sweetest spring scents! Smaller than the larger hyacinth, the grape hyacinths grow to about 6-8 inches. They’re so named for their tiny clusters that resemble small grapes or beads. Their vivid blue color makes a dramatic statement.
The graceful Easter lily with its elegant, trumpet-shaped flowers always makes for a stunning centerpiece! When replanted into the ground after the holiday, they’ll provide a second showing later in the summer when they rebloom (many gardeners are surprised and delighted by the unexpected reblooming).
Cat owners take note though – Easter Lilies are not suitable for your household as they are extremely toxic to cats.
Daffodils & Hyacinths
Larger than the tete a tetes and grape hyacinths, these bloom at about the same time and are easily among the most recognizable of the spring bulbs. The vibrant hues of the deep blue and bright yellow are a striking combination and look beautiful whether arranged in a vase together or covering the garden bed in tandem. They’re also deer resistant.
Another spring favorite, there’s no denying the beauty of the tulip and its vast range of colors. They, too, can easily be transported from the pot to the garden. A word of caution though – unlike daffodils and hyacinths, the tulip is not deer resistant. In fact, it is one of their favorite treats.
Agway’s veteran Nursery Buyer Jane Lavendier offers this advice for transplanting your Easter plants from the pot to the ground:
Let the foliage die back naturally. Once the plant is dormant and any danger of frost has passed, it can be planted in the ground. In the meantime, the dormant plant can be kept inside near a sunny window.