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Feeling Flowerful? Colorful Flowers Add Punch to a Community's Eye Appeal

 The phrase, “April showers bring May flowers” is a classic—but in real-life condo communities, beautiful, abundant flowers are a bit more  complicated than merely a little bit of rainfall, and don’t just spring up overnight. Colorful flowers are the first true sign that spring  is officially here after a long, harsh winter. And while they are aesthetically  pleasing, they can be also be a headache for condominium boards, mostly because  of all the decisions involved.  

 From choosing between annuals and perennials to what sorts of mulch to use in  what types of areas, spring landscaping is not a task to take lightly. Beyond  the costs involved, these decisions also influence the way your property looks—and can affect potential buyers and the happiness of current residents.  

 With that in mind, when should the work start? Lynne Kelly, president of Kelly  Property Management in Burlington, Massachusetts, says you can start seasonal  planting as soon as the bitter frost is gone. “You’ve got to watch the weather, unfortunately. After Memorial Day is when you can  tell when you can put them in, depending on how much sun the area’s getting.”  

 Annuals vs. Perennials

 When it comes to choosing which plantings are right for your condominium  community, there are two major options: Annuals and perennials. While annuals  germinate, flower, and die within one year, perennials are longer lasting,  returning at least three years or more. Because of this, they are often the  condominium board’s go-to for easy, effective spring landscaping:  

 “You can use both,” said Kelly. “But it’s a matter of placement of the proper species so you’re complementing an area.”  

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