Eager Green Thumb? Spring Gardening Tips for Sask Climate

Start planting your garden at the first signs of summer!


Gardeners are eager to start planting with the arrival of spring. However, you need to be careful of what you plant due to chilly nights and risk of frost in May. Saskatchewan spring conditions are not ideal for all plants.

So what can you plant now in order to fill our gardens with spring color and summer blooms? Be certain that you are choosing specific plants that can sustain these elements. Just follow these tips and you will be on your way a colorful spring and summer garden.



Pansies are an ideal flower for your garden in May as they flourish in the cooler temperatures. They may be planted outside when daytime temperatures average 15 degrees, and cool off as low as 4 degrees at nighttime. Pansies like to be planted in full sun, however they will tolerate some shade.



The Ranunculus does well when they have six weeks of cool weather in order to sprout, grow and bloom. They will add plenty of color to your early spring garden. They also prefer to be planted in the full sun.



Most of the Primula species like moist, rich soil and a cool shaded location. Primula is an ideal plant for eager gardeners as they can be planted in early spring.

Pussy Willow Branches

Pussy Willow Branches

Pussy Willow branches are a great way to bring the spring indoors. Cut some branches and bring them indoors in a vase, or use them as part of a centerpiece.

Wanting to plant some bulbs? Here are some bulbs that Saskatchewan gardeners can plant right now.



The Gladiolus is a very resilient plant and their bulbs can be planted now even though it can still remain cool outside. When planning your Gladiolus, be sure to have room for them to be planted in full sun.



The Dahlias should be planted when the soil is free of frost, so hold off until the end of May. When you do plant them, keep in mind they like sandy, well drained soil and will flourish best in full sunlight.

Caladiums or Elephant Ears


Caladiums are a beautifully refined element to plant in a shady spot. They are a colorful garden accent and make an excellent display for containers, indoors or out. Due to their tropical nature, be sure to plant Caladiums in mid to late May.

All of these plant choices are also great for containers or pots. If you are planting in the ground, make sure the soil is not too wet. You can also check with your local garden center for more tips and to be sure to know which plants are best suited to our environment.

Here are some local Garden Centers you may enjoy visiting this spring. Also be sure to check out their Victoria Day weekend sales.

Dutch Growers of Saskatoon

Lakeshore Garden Centre

Early’s Farm and Garden Centre

Wilson’s Greenhouse

Clement Farms Greenhouses

Floral Acres Greenhouses

Shaughnessy Gardens

So get out and have some fun in your garden this spring. Be sure to share your spring garden photos, or gardening tips with us on Facebook at

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