5 Perennials to Plant Now
It’s A Great Time to Garden!
As we transition into late Spring and early Summer, we start to think about the next steps for our landscape. During this time of year, our greenhouses and nurseries are bursting at the seems with gorgeous perennials, just waiting to be planted in your garden! Luckily, late Spring and early Summer blooming plants begin climbing to the top of every gardener’s wish list.
We realize it can get a little overwhelming to figure out what to choose, so we picked out 5 of our favorite perennials that you can plant right now! These specimens bring breathtaking color to your landscape, and they are all available in our stores. Check them out:
#1 – Salvia
First, we recommend planting stunning, low-maintenance Salvia plants in your garden. Also known as Sage, Salvia can be found in many bloom colors, such as deep blue, lavender, white, and even red. These fragrant perennials boast towering, nectar-filled blooms that pollinators absolutely adore, adding awesome value to your landscape. They mostly reach heights between 1 & 1/2 to 3 feet so neighbors can marvel at their beauty.
Count on your perennial Salvia to thrive during the hotter temps, (though they brave a wide range of zones) and to withstand drought. Even better, they are disease and deer resistant!
Follow these care tips when choosing Salvia:
- Plant in a sunny spot with rich, well-drained soil.
- Some will re-bloom if pruned immediately after they finish flowering.
- Water as needed; most Salvia tolerate long periods of drought.
- Allow room for growth.
- Can be dug up and split into multiple plants. Make for beautiful cut flowers and container garden Thrillers.
- Fertilizer is not required, though they may benefit from its application. Cover with a 1 inch layer of compost in Spring with an additional layer of shredded wood mulch. You can also use a slow-release food in Spring.
Trending Varieties: May Night, Caradonna, Blue Hill, Rose Marvel
#2 – Gaillardia
Next, nothing makes a garden pop better than having complementary plant colors. Match your Salvia with some perennial Gaillardia for a truly eye-catching display! Gaillardia, or Blanket Flowers, produce long-lasting, vibrant blooms for your garden with very little attention required. These sun-loving flowers come in solid colored or patterned varieties of reds, yellows, oranges, and peach with green-gray foliage. Aside from their spectacular color, Gaillardia does a great job at making its presence known, with most varieties standing on average between 1 & 1/2 to 2 & 1/2 feet tall. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds will race to your Gaillardia for a quick snack, so definitely consider them when planning your next pollinator garden.
While their beauty speaks for itself, Gaillardia are also quite easy to grow, so much so that they practically care for themselves! They are heat and drought resistant, and not overly picky regarding their soil composition. In fact, they actually can thrive in dry and porous soil.
When choosing Gaillardia, follow these care tips:
- Plant in well-drained soil in a spot that receives full-sun. Loose, sandy soils work well, though avoid heavy clay deposits.
- When planting, dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant’s pot and carefully remove it. Place the plant down into the hole, level the root ball with the soil surface, fill in with soil around the root ball and water thoroughly.
- Somewhat moist soil is ideal, though pH levels are not important to the success of your plant.
- Water only in circumstances of ongoing drought, otherwise regular rainfall will support them. Water newly planted seeds and divided plants until you see flowers form, then only water when necessary. Avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot.
- Gaillardia do not require fertilizer. Sprinkle a light layer of compost in early Spring to aid during the growing season.
- They can grow well in containers.
- Propagate every two to three years in early Spring or late Fall for encouraging new growth. Deadhead to initiate further flowering.
Trending Varieties: Spin Top Series, Arizona Sun, Fanfare
#3 – Lavender
Now that we have chosen two brilliant bloomers for you to plant in your Spring garden, our next option comes from the prestigious herb family. Lavender is a fragrant herb prized for its alluring aroma and beauty, along with its wide range of culinary uses. You can flaunt lavender cosmetically as a liner to pathways and for sparks of interest in perennial gardens, or place them in container gardens. This shrubby plant produces gray-green foliage and shows lavender, blue, white, and even pink blooms from Summer to early Fall. The tops of their spikes resemble rabbit ears, which often leads to them taking on that nickname!
Lavender adapts to a long list of growing conditions including heat, humidity, and long periods of drought. As it is native to the Mediterranean, it enjoys hot sun and dry soil, and often serves as a potent ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes. It will not tolerate excessive moisture or humidity, so understand if your climate is not best suited for growing. Like our previous two picks, Lavender attracts plenty of awesome pollinators!
Lavender care proves very easy and rewarding, provided that you follow the following tips:
- Plant in full-sun in light, well-drained soil. Mixing sand or gravel into your soil when planting can improve drainage. It is accustomed to poor soil.
- Establish your Lavender in a raised bed, mound, or slope, also for better drainage.
- Water deeply but only when the planting is almost dry. Avoid over-watering, and provide additional water during long periods of drought.
- Space mature plants roughly 1 & 1/2 to 2 feet apart and water consistently until established. Once established, they require very little care.
- Prune in early Spring to encourage new growth. Taller varieties should be pruned back about 1/3 of their size to avoid becoming woody.
- Culinary Uses: Chop the buds and add them to cake batter, use as salad toppings, infuse with teas, season meats.
- Design Uses: Carefully cut the stems for bouquets, potpourri and corsages. Line your porch or patio with them as a natural insect repellent.
Trending Varieties: Hidcote, Munstead, Phenomenal
#4 – Scabiosa
Moving on to our fourth pick, Scabiosa is perfect for compact perennial gardening! With gray-green leaves and bright, beautiful blooms of lavender, blue, and purple, these Springtime favorites are hard to pass up. Their pincushion appearance lends them their nickname, while their charm enhances any flower bed, pathway, or container garden. Scabiosa provides color from Summer until frost, making them one of the longest-blooming perennials that you can plant in your garden. Their continuous flowering and fragrant nature make them a popular pick among pollinator gardeners, as butterflies will keep coming back again and again. They are also deer and rabbit resistant, another benefit to your garden.
While both annual and perennial Scabiosa exist, perennial Scabiosa tends to have larger flowers, maintain green foliage year-round, and naturally comes back every year. Scabiosa absolutely loves the sun, but turns its nose up at wet soil, particularly during the Winter. They are fairly short, clumpy plants that make great fillers for your garden. So long as you care for them properly, Scabiosa will quickly become one of your favorites.
Follow these tips when caring for Scabiosa:
- Plant in full-sun in medium, well-drained soil roughly 16 inches apart. They have a spread of about 1 & 1/2 feet and reach heights of just 15 inches.
- Add peat moss and compost to improve plant health.
- Prune in Spring where needed. Deadheaded exhausted blossoms and divide and replant Scabiosa shoots every 3 years.
- Avoid the cold, extreme heat and humidity, and over-watering.
- You can start Scabiosa from seeds after the last threat of frost has passed in Early Spring.
- Rainfall typically sustains them just fine, but water in cases of prolonged drought.
- Scabiosa does not require fertilizer.
Trending Varieties: Butterfly Blue, Pink Mist
#5 – Heuchera
Finally, traditional Heuchera (also known as Coral Bells) remains one of the most respected choices for any Spring garden. While our prior choices bring out the best in Spring flowers, Heuchera primarily receives praise for its gorgeous, dense foliage. The color of their thick leaves range anywhere from the typical green to red, burgundy, lime green, purple, orange, and gold! Relatively tiny, bell-shaped flowers appear at the end of their tall stems, which attract pollinators of all kinds. Heuchera originates in North American woods, but at your home find themselves thriving in rock beds, along pathways, in containers, and around trees.
These evergreen perennial flowers have long-lasting blooms that span from Spring to Summer. Though subdued, Heuchera’s flowers provide attractive color for your garden that allows more flashier plants to shine, while still retaining its own beauty. Heuchera is considered a shade plant, but can realistically thrive in bot shade and full sun. At maturity, they will reach roughly 12 to 18 inches in height. They truly shine when planted in groups, and overall prove to be the perfect Springtime perennial for beginners thanks to their low-maintenance approach to life.
Follow these tips when caring for Heuchera:
- Plant in full-sun to part-shade in loamy, well-drained soil.
- This plant prefers consistently moist soil, though it can tolerate some periods of drought. For best practice, try to water about an inch per week.
- In the Winter, mulch around the base of the plant to prevent damage.
- Feed Heuchera in early Spring with a half inch layer of compost or slow-release plant food.
- From seed, plant in late Fall of early Spring by dropping the seeds on the surface, allowing them light exposure for germination.
- Plant seedlings any time after the last threat of frost.
- Divide the plant every 3 to 5 years to encourage new growth and prevent their center from rotting.
Trending Varieties: Forever Purple, Forever Red
Visit our stores for more Springtime Perennial Suggestions!
We hope that you find these Springtime perennial picks as perfect inspiration for your garden. Our team loves helping our customers plan their next landscaping steps, especially when it comes to adding some beautiful color! Stop in and see us at any one of our locations and we will help you choose the plants that are right for your garden.