There are a large variety of perennials and annuals available that blossom throughout the summer and fall. However, your garden can also be filled with blossoms during the early spring by planting some early spring blooming plants, including perennials, annuals and bulbs.
This is a perennial with heart-shaped blossoms that appear in mid-spring. It is hardy in zones 5 through 9 and does well in partial shade.
A lovely spring-blooming border plant, columbine blossoms attract hummingbirds. Plant columbines in full sun to partial shade in zones 3 through 9.
Other early spring blooming perennials include brunnera, candytuft, heucherella, oriental poppy, primrose, sweet violet and Virginia bluebells.
There are many annuals that will bloom in early spring, such as ageratum, alyssum, bachelor button, dianthus, gypsophila, impatiens, lobelia, osteospermum (Cape or African daisy) and snapdragons.
Bulbs planted in the fall give way to early spring flowers. There are a variety of bulbs to consider: allium giganteum, Grecian windflower, glory of the snow, crocus, winter aconite, common snowdrop, common hyacinth, Dutch hybrid iris, daffodil and tulip.
Be sure to check the hardiness zones of all flowers to find those that thrive in your area. Also, take their soil and light requirements into consideration before planting.
- University of Illinois Extension: Spring Flowering Bulbs
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