Spring flowering plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pdeeptip
March 22, 2010
Hi, I would like to get some advice to the type of flowering plants to buy and plant at this time of the year. This is to plant around trees in the front yard. Would like to plant something that will last through the summer, if possible. Thanks!!

Answer from NGA
March 22, 2010


Some long blooming perennials to consider include: Achillea, Agastache ?Blue Fortune? or licorice plant, Anthemis tinctoria which is a long blooming daisy that will self sow with abandon.

Asters; there are a few fall blooming asters such as ?Monch? and ?Wonder of Staffa? that are extremely long blooming. Campanula a decent long bloomer. Dianthus can be very long blooming perennials if you pick new hybrids. Dianthus gratianopolitanus and D. deltoides are two of the best.

Dicentra Formosa and D. exemia hybrids are long lived for shade. Short bleeding hearts are superb while the taller ones are short bloomers. ?Luxuriant? has been my shade garden stalwart.

Echinacea are the current darlings of the plant breeding world and it is true the blooms last a long time and each individual flower lasts a long time. Good for mid summer blooms. Gaillardia are long bloomers but tend to be short lived. Gaura plants are tremendous long blooming perennials and with its airy butterfly like flowers.

Geranium ?Rozanne? is a season-long blooming geranium. Hemerocallis or daylilies are very long blooming. ?Stella D? Oro? is the classic favorite. Lavender is a long blooming plant for growing anywhere in the full sun.

Liatris, is Gayfeather or Blazing Star and is a good long bloomer and unusual flower heads.

Phlox paniculata is wonderful in tree wells; Rudbeckia or black eyed Susan is a good long bloomer. Scabiosa, the pin cushion flower, is a very long bloomer, as well.

Hope this short list gives you some ideas!

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