One constant in this world is that April showers always seem to bring May flowers. With spring fast approaching, many perennial flowers can’t wait to break through their dirt beds and stretch their leaves out in the world.
If you’re looking to save time, money, and energy on your spring garden, perennials are the way to go. They are, after all, the gift that keeps on giving. Check out this list of perennial flowers that will bloom all spring long.
Don’t let its less-than-appealing name fool you — lungwort is a marvelous, flowering plant that blooms at the first sight of spring. Starting off pink, lungwort gradually transitions to a dark purple flower before dying once the sweltering temperatures of summer arrive.
Why we love lungwort
- It’s a strong plant that’s highly disease resistant.
- Even in partially shaded areas, it flourishes well.
- Rabbits, deer, and other plants tend to leave it alone.
Popping up at the beginning of each spring, brunnera has earned the nickname “forget-me-not.” Its glossy foliage is also known as “heartleaf brunnera” because of its many heart-shaped leaves.
Why we love brunnera
- Brunnera loves humid environments and is always thirsty, making it a hard plant to overwater.
- It’s perfect for north-facing gardens because it doesn’t need much sun.
- In more moderate clients, brunnera will last throughout the spring and summer, dying only once colder weather hits.
If you can set aside their somber-sounding name, bleeding hearts make a joyous addition to any garden. Belonging to the poppy family, bleeding hearts once only grew in Asia but can now be found throughout the world.
Why we love bleeding hearts
- They’re simple to grow.
- Bleeding hearts grow best in the shade.
- Their fuchsia coloring easily brightens shaded areas.
The minute you see the sun cut through the harsh winter clouds, you’ll find colorful primrose flowers popping up from their long slumber. Found mostly in wooded and shaded areas, primrose is another flower that lasts long into the summer, and even fall in certain areas.
Why we love primrose
- When cared for properly, these beauties will not only return each year but will actually multiply and fill your garden with life.
- Primrose flowers come in a wide range of colors — many even featuring two colors on a single flower.
- Primrose is hardy and adaptable to most environments.
This bedding plant grows well in shaded and woodland gardens. After its flowers start to disappear, bloodroot’s blue-tinted leaves will fall and add a colorful layer to your garden.
Why we love bloodroot
- Don’t worry if you don’t have much room for your newest addition — bloodroot is a non-invasive and not aggressive plant.
- Bloodroot grows long into the summer in some places (though it will need some shady coverage in the summer).
- It’s available in single- and double-flowered varieties.
Depending on the type of daffodil you have, these perennial flowers can bloom in early, mid, or late spring. This bulb-sprouting plant may only bloom for a few weeks at a time, but it will return year after year with the right care.
Why we love daffodils
- They can grow well in full sun or partial shade.
- Daffodils can take to a wide range of soils, but typically grow best in well-drained soil.
- Daffodil bulbs can grow in crowded and spacious areas.