It’s almost March and in the Denver area, that means it’s almost time for flowers to start popping up. I really start getting the itch to plan out my flower gardens, anxious for warmer weather and more sunshine.
If you are selective about the type of flowers you plant, you can enjoy a colorful garden all season long. Only one problem: many hardy early spring flowers, such as daffodils, crocus, tulips, and hyacinths, have to be planted the previous fall, so if you didn’t plan ahead you are out of luck.
However, there are some flowers that will come up later spring that you can plant at this point:
The 11 perennial flowers showcased here will start blooming as soon as spring makes itself known. Many can be planted outdoors even before the threat of frost is past. Others may need a bit of coddling, to begin with, but cool spring weather is when they shine, so don’t miss out by waiting too long to plant them.
- Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
- Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
- False Forget-Me-Not / Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
- Hellebore (Helleborus)
- Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
- Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)
- Pig Squeak – Bergenia cordifolia
- Primrose (Primula)
- Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum)
- Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)
- Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
See the full descriptions here: Early Spring Flowers To Wake Up Your Garden
Following the spring bloomers, you’ll want to plant plenty of flowers that provide color throughout the heat of the summer. Along with the usual annual bedding plants like petunias, pansies, and violets, there are a number of perennials that are also favorites.
I am all about planting flowers that are colorful, continue to bloom, and come back every year! This video provides some good tips for planning your flower garden with plants that are hardy perennials for zone 5:
After the warmest days are past, you still want to enjoy some color in your yard. With the nights getting cooler, you have to select plants that offer color in the fall but are tough enough to take the varying temperatures.
This post offers the top 10 perennials for late summer and fall color:
Keep the color show going in your backyard right up until frost. Here’s a peek at 10 of our favorite late-season bloomers:
- Nippon Daisy
- Joe Pye Weed
- Oriental Lily
- Japanese anemone
- Balloon Flower
See the full descriptions here: 10 Perennials for Late-Summer and Fall Color
Make sure you always keep your hardiness zone in mind when planning out your flower gardens. You need to check the label for the amount of water and sunlight needed along with the soil type the plant prefers.
If you aren’t sure what to plant, consult with a Front Range Landscaper to get their expert advice on what plants will work for your location.