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Still too early to plant flowers, vegetables


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Even though it's supposed to be in the 70s this weekend, La Crosse Floral recommends resisting the urge to plant flowers in the ground.

The best time to plant flowers or vegetables in the ground, in Wisconsin, is May 10-15.

If you have to get an early start planting flowers, La Crosse Floral said start with pots or hanging baskets on your front steps.

"Definitely stay away from shade plants though," Linda Zoerb, President of La Crosse Floral said.  "It's colder in the shade, the ground is colder in the shade and even hanging baskets, things like Impatiens have watery stems and they will not like it when we get some of those cold nights yet."

Once May comes, don't feel rushed to plant everything at once. Perennials can be planted all summer long, even in September.

Trends to look for this season are planting flowers and vegetables in containers or pots.

Color wise, you'll see a lot of lime green and chocolate colored accents to bright flowers.

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