Spring’s Early Blooming Perennials

There’s
a good reason why early blooming perennials will never go out of style. The
long-lived, low-maintenance plants lay dormant throughout the long winter, waking
up the garden with a dependable burst of color every spring. For gardeners,
part of the fun of growing perennials is experimenting with new plants in a
color, shape or form you never imagined.

Some
favorites for this spring may include the following:

Daffodils

Daffodils (Buttercups) – The term “daffodil” refers to any plant in
the Narcissus family, including snowdrops and jonquils. Daffodils
are extremely cold-hardy, showing up as early February with blooms that last at
least six weeks and sometimes much more. Pair daffodils with other early spring
perennials in contrasting colors, such as Virginia bluebells or bright purple
iris.

Blue Violets

Blue Violets
– Blue violets are demure,
happy-faced plants that top out at about 4 inches (10 cm.). The delicate,
vibrant blue blooms pop in stark contrast to the rounded, emerald green leaves.
While blue violets make a lovely little groundcover under tulips, they’re also suitable
for rock gardens, borders, or even containers or window boxes. This North
American native is beautiful when planted along with intense blue lobelia,
bright yellow daffodils, or the softer shades of blue phlox.

Bird’s Foot Violets

Bird’s Foot Violets – Bird’s foot violets, at 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.), are a bit taller than blue violets, but the delicate blue and purple blooms are just as pretty. This native woodland plant tolerates shade, but it blooms more profusely with a little sunlight. Consider planting bird’s foot violets with vibrant purple violets, or with blood root plant, which despite the name, shows off pure white, yellow centered blooms.

Irises – When it comes to irises
in the garden, there’s a type to suit nearly any setting. Bearded , for
example, is available in several show-stopping colors, including red, blue,
white, yellow and lavender, all of which pop out against the deep green
foliage. This elegant, upright plant prefers full sun, but light afternoon
shade is helpful in hot climates. Pairings for bearded iris include bright
yellow daffodils or low-growing Indian pink plants, which aren’t really pink,
but consist of bright red flowers with contrasting yellow lobes. Dwarf crested
iris displays 6-inch (15 cm.) stems of pale yellow to dark green, and fragrant
blooms of lavender or pastel blue. This hardy North American native tolerates
cold weather and semi-shady areas, and often puts on a show every spring for up
to ten years. Plant dwarf crested iris alongside clumps of vibrant daylilies,
which are available in shades of orange, red, yellow, purple and white.

There
are endless spring flowering
perennials
you can choose, and planting them in the garden is a
great way to enjoy these plants for years to come.