Enjoy Flowers All Spring

Let your garden celebrate all of spring by planting a variety of early-, mid- and late-season bloomers.

  • Species spring crocuses begin blooming very early in the season, and the hybrid — typically the large-flowered types of Crocus vernus, follow a week or two later. The corms are planted in fall along with other spring-flowering bulbs; they need a period of cold before blooming.

  • Bleeding Heart Branch

    Woodland gardens are just beginning to wake up when bleeding heart starts blooming. The flowers of this perennial last for a week to 10 days; the foliage remains attractive till early to mid-summer when it turns yellow and \"dies\" early.

  • An early-spring bloomer, flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is another old-fashioned deciduous shrub that blooms at the same time as spirea.

  • Baptisias produce their upright racemes of pea-like flowers in mid-spring. This drought-tolerant perennial often thrives where lupines don't. Colors range from light yellow to white to blue.

  • Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) is a shade-loving perennial that blooms in mid-spring. The ferny foliage grows to about three tall. USDA Zones 4 to 9.

  • Pink Azalea Petals

    Azaleas bloom mid-season, the Gumpo types at the end of spring. By planting a variety of types, you can enjoy a month or more of these landscape beacons — that is, if you can offer the right conditions: light shade or morning sun only, and moist, rich, acid, well-drained soil.

  • Pink Rhododendron Flowers

    Members of the same genus as azaleas, rhododendrons share their requirement for moist, well-drained, acid soil. If necessary, prune these evergreen plants immediately after bloom (late spring). Waiting too late risks nipping off next year's buds.

  • Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) blooms in late spring. Preferring moist soil in sun or shade, this deciduous shrub also has colorful fall foliage. USDA Zones 5 to 9.

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