May in the Midwestern Garden

Categories|Season: Spring
May in the Midwestern Garden

May is one of the most glorious months in the Indiana garden. Here in Indianapolis, we’re weeding, mulching the garden, and pruning spring-blooming shrubs and trees. Once the frost-free date passes in mid-May, we start planting summer container gardens and tender herbs. We love May!

What To See in the May Garden

  • Peonies burst into bloom in yards in May, accompanied by Siberian iris and the first of the roses.
  • Woodland flowers finish their spring blooming, while geraniums are hitting their stride.
  • Trees are setting fruit. Watch for tiny apples, crabapples, pears, and cherries.

May in the Midwestern Garden

What to Do This Month

There’s so much to do in the garden in May! Contact us for a free estimate for landscape work in Indianapolis.

Other Tasks in the May Garden

  • After May 12, we’ll plant out tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other transplants. We’ll also sow warm-weather vegetables like beans, pumpkins, squash, corn, and edamame directly into the garden.
  • Once the summer vegetables are planted, we’ll mulch the kitchen garden.
  • We’re harvesting asparagus, rhubarb, early strawberries, and early plantings of spring vegetables.
  • If you want to fertilize your lawn in spring, May is the best time. Try a good organic fertilizer, such as WOW! Plus, instead of a synthetic one.