Spring is upon us and that means one thing: color bursting forth from flower beds, vegetable gardens, and window boxes around the neighborhood. After a long, chilly winter, no one’s complaining about the appearance of spring’s favorite perennials but if you’re sick of the usual suspects like tulips, geraniums, and peonies here are six suggestions for new and unusual flora that are easy to grow and maintain.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve had luck with these flowers!
1. Primrose: The name may sound more than familiar if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games but the Primrose flower has actually been around for centuries. It’s five-petal shape and stark white blossom make it a favorite of home gardeners in more arid climates, where it thrives. It does well in moist soil, too, but be sure it doesn’t get full sun.
2. Trillium: The Trillium looks like a cross between an orchid and a lily and comes in several bright colors. It’s most common on the East Coast and in the Midwest but can be grown just about anywhere with nutrient-rich soil.
3. Oriental Poppy: A cousin of the standard Poppy, the Oriental species is cartoonish in size and features bright orange petals. The Oriental Poppy is delicate and attracts bees like candy – but they won’t last long. Blooming once in mid-spring they’ll retreat until fall when a second coming is likely.
4. Leopard’s Bane: This daisy-like flower is reminiscent of a summer sunflower but actually prefers much cooler climates. Its bright yellow petals shrivel under the hot heat of a southern spring so they’re not to be planted much further south than Washington DC. Like the Oriental Poppy the Leopard’s Bane will produce a glorious second bloom in autumn.
5. European Toothwort: With a name like “Toothwort” this has to be a pretty flower! The Toothwort is actually quite appealing with several long, slender petals in colors like white and orange. It does require at least partial shade, however, and won’t last much longer than May.
6. Pasque Flower: With a huge bulb and thick, colorful petals, this flower is a showstopper. It prefers dry, gravely soil and won’t do well in a region that has hot summers. Best left to the Northeast, the Pasque is a favorite of avid gardeners.
No matter which spring flowers you choose to plant, get started now! Talk to your local nursery or lawn maintenance company about the blossoms best suited for your region and the ways in which you can make your garden stand out this year.