YAKIMA, Wash. — Downtown Yakima is going to get much more colorful soon when city workers put flowers in the area’s planters and hanging baskets.

The city is spending about $42,000 this year for spring and fall flowers. Next week, about 200 planters and 300 hanging baskets will be filled, and in the fall, the planters will get another round of flowers.

The city switched its supplier after last year’s flowers left many people underwhelmed, said Sean Hawkins, Yakima’s director for economic development.

As the city’s top economic official, Hawkins is also in charge of making sure the city takes steps to brighten downtown Yakima.

This year’s flowers are waiting in greenhouses at Country Garden Nursery in McMinnville, Ore.

In the past, the baskets and planters were filled with annuals that hadn’t had enough time to grow, Hawkins said.

“Our baskets have been growing since February, so they’re going to be pretty impressive,” he said.

• Dan Catchpole can be reached at 509-759-7850 or dcatchpole@yakimaherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/dcatchpole.