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May Planting Guide

May 06, 2000|JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS

May weather is often ideal for gardening. Temperatures are generally mild and the soil is warm, so plants take off quickly. Seeds also sprout readily.

If conditions are unusually hot, water more often. It's also a good idea to plant in the afternoon and shield new transplants from sunlight for a couple of days.

Here is a sampling of what can be planted this month:

FLOWERS

Ageratum

Alyssum

Aster

Bachelor's button

Bacopa

Begonia

Bromeliad

Cactus

Calendula

Campanula

Candytuft

Celosia

Cineraria

Coleus

Columbine

Cosmos

Dahlia

Delphinium

Dianthus

Echinacea

Forget-me-not

Foxglove

Fuchsia

Gazania

Geranium

Ginger

Heliotrope

Hollyhock

Hydrangea

Impatiens

Kalanchoe

Linaria

Lobelia

Love-in-a-puff

Love-in-a-mist

Marigold

Million bells

Nasturtium

Nicotiana

Penstemon

Petunia

Phlox

Portulaca

Salvia

Snowflake

Snow-In-Summer

Society garlic

Statice

Sunrose

Succulents

Sunflower

Verbena

Vinca

Wildflowers

Yarrow

Zinnia

VEGETABLES, HERBS and FRUITS

Arugula

Basil

Bean

Beet

Cantaloupe

Carrot

Chervil

Chives

Cilantro

Collards

Corn

Cucumber

Dill

Eggplant

Endive

Fennel

Green onion

Jicama

Kale

Kohlrabi

Lavender

Lemon balm

Lettuce

Sweet marjoram

Mint

Melon

New Zealand spinach

Okra

Oregano

Parsley

Peanut

Pepper

Pumpkin

Radish

Rosemary

Sage

Salad burnet

Summer savory

Winter savory

Squash

Strawberry

Swiss chard

French tarragon

Thyme

Tomato

Turnip

Watermelon

TREES, SHRUBS and VINES

Avocado

Bougainvillea

Buddleia

Citrus

Clematis

Gardenia

Hibiscus

Honeysuckle

Hydrangea

Jasmine

Lantana

Loquat

Macadamia

Mandevilla

Moonflower

Morning glory

Natal plum

Passion vine

Plumeria

Rose

Wisteria

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