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Best Spring Flowers

Ok, we know, it just snowed the past weekend – but it is pretty today.

So we are thinking spring flowers and wanted to share the best spring flowers for Indiana, for those of you who are new to gardening or from another state.

Cone flowers are one of our favorites.  They grow between 16 inches to 4 feet tall and are usually pink-purple and white.  Butterflies are also attracted to them.

This is milkweed often called butterfly weed, butterflies really like this flower as well as hummingbirds.  They are usually in clusters of orange, yellow, pink or vermillion flowers.

Lenton Rose is a shade-lover that often blooms while the snow is still on the ground. Flowers come in shades of purple, red, near-black, white, green, and pink. Plant it near a walkway so you can enjoy the show in March. Each plant grows about a foot tall and 18 inches across.  I’ve never had this flower, so I am going to look for some seeds.

Virginia bluebells are spring flowers, pink buds that blossom into pink-purple blooms. They like sun or shade, each plant grows 2 feet high and wide. They do reseed themselves, so a colony can grow rather large over the years. Plant Virginia bluebells behind a summer bloomer to hide the foliage that turns brown and fades by June.

Aster oblongifolius grow well in dry, clay or rocky soil. Covered with flowers in fall, it makes a strong companion plant to little bluestem grass and goldenrod. Pinch in early summer to prevent flopping.

Hardy geraniums the dense foliage and apple-scented spicy perfume make the plant great for borders. Plants grow about 6 inches high and 14 inches wide and bloom in June. They flourish in full sun and need little water. In the autumn, the foliage turns a dramatic burgundy.

This is the black eyed Susan and they are one of my favorites, I could plant a whole field of these and just watch the butterflies float around them.  They bloom in August and the birds enjoy the seeds before winter, so take a few dead heads to replant the next spring.

Members of the onion family, alliums are easy to grow from bulbs. Purple allium, with its unique pom-pom shape and leafless stem, brings height to beds of low-growing plants, making them a natural partner for the shade-loving hosta in our photo.

Goldenrod’s dramatic fountain of gold blooms in September and lasts through October. A variety we especially like is ‘Fireworks,’ which grows to 3 feet in full sun. Other varieties reach 2 feet to 4 feet.

Cloudlike panicle hydrangeas are highly recommended for the Midwest because of their cold tolerance. They are large in size (6-8 feet tall and wide) and vase shape, they are often used in hedges, borders or as a garden focal point.

Sedums are easy to grow,  rich in texture and shape and stingy with water. With its masses of flowers and light gray-green foliage they are familiar to many Midwest gardeners. By midsummer, it produces green broccolilike buds, which open into large pink flower heads that deepen to rusty red by fall.

Russian sage creates a wonderful lacy mix of gray and amethyst in late summer or early autumn, rising 3 to 5 feet tall. It’s an excellent companion to roses, ornamental grasses or tall sedums.

We hope you enjoyed our list of Best Spring Flowers and we wish you a beautiful summer garden.