phlox is a early-to-mid-spring-blooming perennial that thrives in
sunny spots. It's a low-growing perennial that forms a dense mat. The
variety 'Candy Stripe' has unique
bicolor flowers. The flowers are white with a pink stripe running
down each petal. It blooms in early to mid spring and is virtually
covered in flowers when in bloom.
is a mid- to late-spring-blooming perennial. The variety
'Bath's Pink' is an attractive, low-growing dianthus with
silvery-gray foliage that is a nice addition to the flower bed or
border, even when it's not in bloom. In late spring and early summer,
single, fragrant, pink flowers stand a foot above the foliage. The
strong fragrance resembles cloves - plant it where you can enjoy it!
iris bloom in mid to late spring. One of the nicest ones is Iris
pallida. It's a stunning, variegated iris. Its
sword-like foliage is green with a wide, creamy-yellow center. Tall
flower stems carry violet-blue flowers. The flowers have a sweet
fragrance reminiscent of grapes. The flowers are a striking
combination with the foliage. Even when not in bloom, this iris has
something to offer the garden.
Peonies are the queens of the late-spring-blooming perennials. There
are many different varieties of peonies and one of the showiest is 'Raspberry
Sundae.' Its double flowers have a single row of
light-pink-to-white outer petals with a cluster of ruffled,
raspberry-pink center petals. The flowers really do look like a bowl
of vanilla ice cream topped with raspberries. The flowers are six
inches wide or more and very fragrant.