We made it through one of the weirdest winters on record. So much time indoors, time away from friends and family and only so many projects to occupy our time. But spring is here to save the day, as always, and just in time. We are beyond grateful.

We know many of you are anxious to get outside, and we wanted to let you know it’s not too early to plant! So here’s a quick list of what you can get in the ground, in pots and window boxes between late winter and early May. Some of these plants can be damaged by cold nights and checking night time temps is a good idea through mid-April. After that it is usually smooth sailing and all systems go for plants on this list. This list expands to all plants by mid to late May. When in doubt, consult us in the garden center. Our general rule at Kennedy’s is if we have it outside (especially at night) it is safe to plant outside. So basically all trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and veggies we have outside are ready to go. The only things we typically protect are plants that may be artificially been “forced” for Mother’s Day, such as Hydrangeas.

These cold season champions are hardy, beautiful and delicious.

ANNUALS 

Argyranthemums

Calendula

Cyclamen

Dianthus

Diascia

Dusty Millers

English Daisies

Forget Me Nots

Linaria or Toadflax

Lobularia

Lobelia

Marigolds

Nemesia

Osteospermums

Pansies

Percallis

Petunias

Poppies

Ranunculus

Snapdragons

Stock

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Pea

Viola

Wallflower

VEGGIES & HERBS 

Arugula (rocket)

Beets

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Collards

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Fennel

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lettuce

Mizuna

Mustard Greens

Onions (bulbing)

Onions (bunching, standard onions harvested before they form bulbs

Pak choi (Bok choy)

Peas

Potatoes

Radishes

Spinach

Coriander (Cilantro)


We’re here to help

We’re working to make more and more plants available for purchase online and in-store or curbside pick-up. Until then, stopping into the garden center will give you the full experience and selection.

Stopping in will also make it possible to talk with any of our friendly experts if you have questions on how to plant or care for your cool-season annuals, veggies and herbs. Plant tags are a great place to start, but we are always here for you.

Watch for more blogs and resources on proper planting technique, water and fertilizing guidelines, pruning tips and so much more. Until then, you’ll find some great resources here. And feel free to reach out to us in store or by phone at 781.545.1266. We live for this stuff!

Blog by Owner, Chris Kennedy.
Chris is the 3rd generation owner of Kennedy’s Country Garden. Chris grew up in Marshfield and lives in Cohasset with his wife Amanda, two kids Brooks & Riley and Mookie the big fluffy golden retriever.

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