Best Bloomers for Mid-Spring

Don’t you just love that spring brings continuous waves of color as we progress through the season and different bloom times?  Well we do, and we’ve picked a few of our favorite mid-spring flowers below!

1. Lily of the Valley.  The delicate white bells of this flower give off the most heavenly perfume, and as a rhizomal plant (i.e. grows in a mat-like structure via its root-like rhizomes) does great in beds or in rock gardens.  Red berries take the place of flowers once the flowering period is finished, providing an attractive all-year groundcover option.  Lily of the Valley does best in shady areas and since it isn’t picky about the type of soil often does well in areas that are unsuitable for other plants.  Due to their spreading rhizomes they can take over the area so be mindful where you plant them.

2. Peonies.  These gorgeous flowers are well-loved and for good reason: their colors are vibrant, their petals full and can grow to be the size of small melons!  There are hundreds of varieties to choose from so make sure you swing by D Avenue Nursery to see our selection.  Once it is done flowering, perennial peonies still have a long lifespan and can survive for many years = a great low-stress option for your garden!  Peonies love partial-to-full sun, and be careful not to plant them too deep or they won’t bloom.  For more tips, here’s a helpful article from Garden Design Magazine.

3. Columbine.  If you’re a newbie gardener (or just want something that’s low maintenance) these are the plants for you!  Columbine is traditionally an alpine plant, yet we now have so many varieties available to us that you can take your pick of shapes, colors and sizes.  The typical blooming season is mid-spring through summer, and since they self-sow their relatively short lifespans (often around 2-3 years per individual) are made up for by the fact that the next generation take the place of older plants! For a great read about all things Columbine, check out this article.

4. Ranunculus.  Another full-bodied bloom, these beauties are often seen in bouquets as they have a long vase-life.  But when transplanted or grown from bulb (pro tip: always pick the biggest tuber; they will produce more flowers and have a longer bloom life) they can be a gorgeous addition to your garden. Make sure you give these flowers lots of sun and drainage – they don’t like to be water saturated as this will lead to rot.  More tips on growing ranunculus can be found here.

What’s your favorite spring flower?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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