Some days, it does seem like winter will never be gone. I keep looking out my office window hoping that the snow is gone but so far, we still have at least a foot of snow on the ground. No matter the snow I see out my window, I am already dreaming of the best flowers to plant for cool weather. I have several gardens that I plant flowers in and each year as soon as the weather allows, I am anxious to get out into the gardens again.
Since the cool weather sticks around for a while here in Vermont, I start out with flowers that don’t mind cool weather. Not all flowers can tolerate the cooler temperatures so it is important to look for the best flowers to plant for cool weather when choosing what to start with. These flowers will tolerate the cooler temperatures until the weather warms up in your area.
Crocus and Snow Drops
Both crocus and snow drops begin from bulbs. They are one of the first flowers that I find in my backyard. In my zone (zone 4), I need to plant flower bulbs in the fall to have them bloom in the spring. Check the directions for your area.
Bloodroot is a herbaceous spring flower that has pretty white flowers until late spring. They stand about 6 inches tall and love shade or woodland areas. Bloodroot is hardy all the way to zone 3.
Pansies are available in a gorgeous rainbow of colors. These annuals can be planted as soon as the danger of a hard frost is passed. Because they are annuals, they will need to be replanted each year although some people have luck in having them re-seed.
Plant ornamental kale in your garden in the spring and by fall, you will have beautiful, colorful rosettes in shades of lavender, pink and white. Ornamental kale will last late into fall and in zones with mild winters, will last into winter.
Another cool weather flower is trillium. Trillium is available with white, yellow and dark red flowers. Trillium is a perennial that will spread each year offering more and more color with each season.
While lilac is technically a tree, it is covered with gorgeous purple blooms in the spring. At last count, I have seven lilac trees in my yard and I look forward to them blooming right around Memorial Day each year.
What are the best flowers to plant for cool weather in your area?