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What Flowers to Plant in February

By Annie Mueller ; Updated September 21, 2017
Canna lilies can be planted early for summer blooms.

February still feels like winter in many parts of the country, but it isn't too early to plant some flowers and enjoy a mass of spring blooms, or in the case of bulbs, tremendous fall color. If the soil is workable, planting these flowers directly outside will give you the best head-start. If the ground is still frozen, you can start these flowers indoors and transplant outside as soon as the ground is thawed.

Bulbs

Dahlias for summer blooms.

Bulbs work at a slightly slower rate than seeds. If you plant bulbs in fall, you will get blooms in spring; plant in early spring, and you will have beautiful blooms in the summer or fall. Fall-blooming perennials can be planted as early as February if the ground is workable. A good selection includes canna lilies, white calla lilies, gladiolus (which may bloom in late summer), dahlia, spider lily and anemones.

Perennials

Heuchera likes the shade.

Perennials are a gardening favorite for their accommodating habit of coming back up every year; plant once, enjoy multiple times. In February, some perennials can be sown directly from seed (or started indoors in flats) and some can be planted as seedlings or full plants (in warmer areas). Plant these perennials from seed: chrysanthemum, lupine and delphinium. Some full perennial plants can be put in the ground as soon as it is workable: heuchera and blooming, bare-root shrubs.

Annuals

Cosmos are cheerful flowers

Annuals are a great way to install a lot of color for just a small investment in your garden. Many annuals can be started from seed in February and will be blooming with eight to 12 weeks. If it's warm enough, sow directly outside. If not, sow in flats inside and transplant later when the soil is thawed. Annuals to plant in February include alyssum, carnation, cosmos, impatiens, marigold, flax, forget-me-not, larkspur, poppy, stevia, verbena and zinnia.

 

About the Author

 

Annie Mueller is a professional writer and blogger. Since 2003 she has written extensively on small business, finances, parenting, education and personal growth, and has been published on Financial Edge and many other websites. Mueller attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English from Mississippi State University.