There are 5 spring flowering perennials that will bring colorful life back into your garden at the end of long, bleak winter. The red, yellow, blue, and white bloom colors will be a welcomed relief after months of without outdoor floral color.
Check out these 5 spring flowering perennials that are easy to grow and find the ones that will fit in perfectly with your home garden.
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Bleeding Heart loves cool weather and a semi-shady spot. It’s one of the first flowering perennials to appear in the spring but it will fade quickly when the weather warms up.
Bleeding Heart produces fushia colored pillow-like blooms that hang like pendulums from a long stem. Bloom colors include red, white, and pink and each stem will have about 20 pillowy blooms on it. The plant will reach a mature size of 2-tall (60cm) and 3-feet (90cm) wide. Great for growing in a hanging basket.
Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)
This is a ground-covering spring beauty that creates a colorful carpet of white, pink, or bluish-purple blooms. Creeping phlox appears and blooms before the lawn begins to actively grow, so it’s often planted in sloping areas of the lawn.
Plant in full sun on a slope that is facing the morning sun for best results.
Not a pretty name for a flower but the plant is very attractive. Lungwort has flashy green foliage that has silver and white polka dots that sparkle in the sun. The plant will produce a multitude of tiny bell-shaped flowers that start pink and change to blue and purple when mature.
Pollinators are drawn to this early spring flowering perennial but when summer arrives, the plant goes dormant.
Lungwort is hardy in USDA growing zones 3-8. The plant will be 2-feet (60 cm) tall and wide when mature.
Pig Squeak (Bergenia cordifolia)
Some of the top 5 spring flowering perennials seem to have ugly names but their flowers are gorgeous, like this one named Pig Squeak. Large, leather-looking leaves protrude from tall burgundy stems, and that is topped off with an abundance of tiny pink blooms with burgundy centers.
The blooms will fade when the weather warms but the plant will remain attractive throughout the summer and the foliage will turn bronze in the fall/autumn.
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Dangling clusters of pink buds appear on the long tall stems of the Virginia Bluebell in early spring. The pink buds open to reveal a blue bloom shaped like a bell.
Plant in full sun and moist soil. Mature plants will be 16-inches (40 cm) tall. Hardy in most growing zones.