Our Favorite Early-Blooming Perennials

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We’ve just entered into the Spring season, and everyone is itching for color, blooms and warmer temperatures.

Why not have plants in your yard that bloom right when, or even before spring hits? Why not have them be perennials, so they come back every year? Even during those early-spring cool temperatures, when so many plants are still brown, you’ll be enjoying color in your yard! Plus, these plants can handle a spring frost, so you can plant with no worries.

Here are some of our favorite early-flowering spring perennials:

Hellebores

Hellebore

You can actually classify these beauties as a late-winter flowering perennial. Hellebores are probably the first perennial you’ll see blooming during winter, typically in February and March.

Hellebore

Though they look delicate, they are tough. They’ll also thrive in part-shade locations. And even when their blooms aren’t showing yet, the foliage is evergreen, so the leaves stick around all year. Plus, they’re deer resistant!

Hellebore

See more hellebore varieties on our website.

Care: Thrive in moist, but well-drained soil. Do best in partial shade. Deer resistant.

Iberis (Candytuft)

Iberis

This evergreen perennial gifts us with small, white flowers in spring, and usually again in the fall. This plant spreads out, making it a great groundcover. Need a border along your flowerbed? The low (short) growth habit of Iberis is a perfect choice. As an evergreen, the foliage will stay green year-round.

Iberis

Care: Full sun. Since this will spread quite a bit, space plants 2-3 feet apart. Water regularly in hot weather until established.

Iberis

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox

These perennials are one of our best-sellers. Creeping Phlox comes in a rainbow of colors, typically pink, white, blue and purple. Plant lots of them together and in early spring enjoy a carpet of color!

Creeping Phlox

See more creeping phlox varieties on our website.

Creeping Phlox

Care: Does best in full sun. Well-drained soil. Can prune during summer after flowering.

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Hearts boast dangling, heart-shaped blooms and are one of the first flowers to come up in cool weather. They love the shade!

Bleeding Heart

See more bleeding heart varieties on our website.

Bleeding Heart

Care: Does best in partial shade. Blooms early through late spring. Water regularly during hot weather until established.

Dianthus

Dianthus

If you need a tough plant, look no further than dianthus. This early spring blooming perennial will also have a second round of bloom time in the fall. Plus, some are fragrant, with a spicy smell! We love these not only for their textured blooms, but the huge selection of colors available. Excellent as edging, or in your mixed containers. Want that ‘cottage garden’ look? Plant this.

Dianthus

See more dianthus varieties on our website.

Care: Does best in full sun. Water when first few inches of soil is dry. Remove old blooms for a neater appearance.

We grow each of these early-spring perennials right here in our greenhouses. Locally Grown. Better Plants. Stop by today and let us help you get your spring garden started!

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