There can be a gap in blooming time between the blooms of Tulips and Daffodils, and your common summer perennials, so these are seventeen of my favorite mid-spring bloomers that help bridge the blossom gap in the garden and keep color moving through your yard. If you need a pop of color to tide you over before it gets warm, try your hand at growing one of these!
Persian Allium is a member of the onion family and is sold as a bulb at garden centers in the fall. Plant this bulb when you plant your Daffodils, but mix it in with your tall perennial border flowers. Persian Allium comes in many varieties, and grows between 1-3 feet tall. Allium looks beautiful in front of and around Boxwoods and other evergreens, who function well as a backdrop to make them stand out better.
Irises, from double bearded, to speckled and rabbit eared, are brilliant spring flowers. Their large blossoms are eye catching, and their ability to thrive in soggy areas make them welcome residents in clay or soggy areas. Try Irises in a water feature, or mixed in with you perennials.
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Heart Leafed Brunnera is a cool colored, low-growing perennial, and one that sports dainty stems of blue flowers for several weeks in early spring. After the flowers expire, the mottled foliage makes and attractive statement when placed between leafy greens like Daisies, and Purple Salvia.
Roses are the gold standard of English garden staples, but they look good no matter where you live, and they’re easier to grow than you think. Whether Tea Roses, Knockout Roses, or Old Fashioned Roses, most roses have blooming cycles that begin in spring, and can continue all summer long! Add a rose to your yard for some spring color, or purchase one for your mother on Mother’s Day, and make her day every spring with one planted in her yard!
Columbine is a great shade bloomer, and one who’s unique double flowering blooms are quite a show piece. Columbine comes in many varieties, and colors, and prefers rich soil. Look for Columbine to start sending out blooms in April and May.
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Buttercups make a bright and breezy statement either in the garden, or naturalized in a meadow. Buttercups self-spread, and burst onto the scene in May, covering the area they are planted in with upright sunny blossoms that bob in the wind, and can take human and animal traffic.
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Wild Garlic sends up one sturdy stem of delicate blossoms per plant, and begins blooming seemingly directly from the soil in late April and early May. The leaves of Wild Garlic are reportedly great in soups and Pesto, and it is readily found in teh wild and eaten as wilderness survival food. This is one showy native bloomer that can be added to the herb box, or planted in the garden with your flowers.
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Climbing Snapdragon is a vining plant that appreciates full sun, alkaline soil, and a spot sheltered from strong winds. Climbing Snapdragon has Ivy-esque leaves, and draws in Hummingbirds, maxing out at about 8 feet long.
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Bearberry thrives in untouched,and infertile soil. This four season beauty is another climber that is coated in blossoms in the spring, and sports bright autumn foliage in the fall. The winter berries of the Bearberry look great as decoration in the home, and attract birds and mammals as a winter food source. This is an easy care, native, and North American perennial, that is great for brown thumbed individuals!
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Bleeding Hearts are shady garden classics that your Grandmother would recognize, but more recent cultivars sport larger, brighter and more complex blooms that the original native variety. Bleeding hearts arrive in the very early spring, and send out delicate arches of pink or white heart shaped, charm like flowers. They tend to receed and blend in under summer perennials before an early die-back.
Wisteria is famous for more that just Wisteria Lane and the housewives, it is a rugged climber suited to sturdy construction, and one that dangles down cascades of weighty and perfumed purple flower clusters each spring. Try adding this to your garden only if you have a long term plan for its support system, or have an arbor to cover. Wisteria works best in a sunny spot.
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Ajuga is a durable groundcover who’s leaves can be bright green, or a mottled mixture of green, black, blue and purple. Ajuga can thrive in full or partial shade, works well between stepping stones, and sends up short spikes of purple blossoms in mid spring.
Azaleas are so common you can find them available for sale almost anywhere. They are easy care shrubs, and can take full shade if they have proper fertilization and are planted away from soggy soil. Every spring, azaleas are covered in blooms that can vary in hue from light pink, or red, to deep purple, or speckled varieties. No matter what color flower you want to have in your yard, you are almost guaranteed to find an azalea available in that shade to coordinate with the flowers you have.
Oregon Grape Holly is a North Western native bush with yellow clusters of flowers in the spring, and dark blue berries in the fall and winter. Oregon Grape Holly comes in several height varieties, and can take shady and moist soil. Use this evergreen as a background hedge, or as a centerpiece specimen in the center of your perennials.
The Japanese Camellia is another evergreen plant that features large rose-like blooms in the spring. These gorgeous charmers are happiest in partial to full shade spaces, and they are a perfect way to get a little color and structure in those dark corners of the yard or deck.
Not familiar with any of these spring bloomers? Check them out at your local garden center, and keep reading for more ideas to keep blooms going through the seasons in your yard!
What are your favorite spring flowers?