Let the blooming continue as temperatures start to warm up and we spend more time outside!
The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.
–Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)
Peonies are outrageously beautiful in bloom. These perennials may live longer than you do and require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves; they do not respond well to transplanting. In most of the country, the rules for success are simply full sun and well-drained soil. Peonies even relish cold winters, because they need chilling for bud formation. The variety of colors is limitless – red, pink, yellow, white and on and on.
Yellow trillium is a true spring plant: Once its flowers die back at the season’s end in June, the foliage recedes, too. Even so, its marbled leaves and delicate yellow-white blooms are a welcome sight in April & May. This beauty thrives in shade and moist, well-drained soil and grows up to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
“Miniature Snowflake” Mock Orange
The delicate blooms of sweet mock orange belie its easy-growing nature. After planting it, you hardly have to do a thing to this compact shrub! In addition to pretty white flowers, the plant supplies an intoxicating fragrance. Best planted in full sun and moist, well-drained soil, this shrub grows up to 3 feet tall and wide.
Whether you prefer the light purple blooms or the white, there’s no sweeter spring fragrance than the blooms of this spring favorite! They come in all shapes and sizes, from dwarf shrubs to taller trees. The lilac blooms on old wood, so hold off on pruning until right after the same year’s flowering is finished. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil and can get as big as 20 feet tall and wide.
Pick your favorite color, and there’s likely an iris to fill your spring garden desire. Most put on their bloom show toward the end of spring, but the plants’ tall growth and delectable petal variations make them pretty additions to a variety of garden styles. Best in full sun and well-drained soil-long and slender at 34 inches tall and 12 inches wideAzalea
Its bright color burst is short-lived, but azalea’s solid mass of flamboyant flowers provides a just-right transition from spring to summer bloomers. Pair the shrubs with hellebores, for an early-season showstopper. Part shade and moist but well-drained acidic soil, they grow up to 10 feet tall and wide.
Nothing says welcome or puts a smile on a potential buyers’ face more than a splash of color !