Spring-blooming perennials provide some of the
earliest color in the flower garden. Many bloom alongside the
spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils and early tulips and are
wonderful companions. Spring-blooming perennials return year after
year in the garden. Click on a plant name to order it from Pernell
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Christmas rose and Lenten rose are two of the
earliest-blooming perennials in my garden.
rose can be in bloom as early as Christmas, especially in
winters when there is little snow cover. In my garden, it blooms
reliably by Valentine's Day every year. It bears up to a dozen
single, white, four-inch-wide, rounded flowers that stand about a
foot high. It has handsome, evergreen foliage that forms a foot high
and wide mound.
rose begins blooming in mid March and continues blooming for
up to four months. I've had Lenten rose bloom from March to July in
my garden. It bears flowers in shades of purple, plum, and rose, many
with spotted or speckled flower petals. Lenten rose has evergreen
foliage that grows about a foot and a half tall and mature clumps can
reach three feet across for a stunning early-spring display.
bleeding heart is another spring-blooming perennial that
begins blooming very early in the season. I've seen it in bloom in my
garden as early as late March. The new cultivar 'King
of Hearts' has medium-green, finely-divided foliage that
forms a handsome clump. Large, bleeding-heart-shaped flowers are held
in clusters on stems that stand above the foliage. Unlike the common
bleeding heart that goes dormant after blooming leaving a hole in the
garden, fringed bleeding heart 'King of Hearts'
blooms from early spring to frost, making it one of the longest-blooming
perennials in the garden.