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.

Best Flowers to Plant for Cool Weather

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.

Best flowers to plant for cool weather - crocus

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.

Best flowers to plant for cool weather - pansies


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.

Ornamental Kale

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.

Best flowers to plant for cool weather - trillium


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.

Best flowers to plant for cool weather - lilac


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?

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March 24, 2014

Best Flowers to Plant for Cool Weather

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  1. Kelly Hutchinson

    March 24th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    What a great post Ellen! I have such a brown thumb and never know which plants are best in which season.

  2. Ellen Christian

    March 24th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you so much, Kelly! I really do love gardening but often have to refer to a garden guide for a few tips!

  3. Jennifer Medeiros

    March 24th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I have a greenhouse now and am learning about which plants are best for my climate. This was a great post for me!

  4. Ellen Christian

    March 24th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you so much, Jennifer. I would love to have a greenhouse some day!

  5. Jamie

    March 24th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful!! I’m trying to figure what to plant in my bins for this Spring and can only find pansies at our local store. Don’t like those, so I’ll have to wait until they finally get more options!! Tweeted!

  6. Ellen Christian

    March 24th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I have a huge list of flowers I want to plant. I just need the snow to melt!

  7. tara pittman

    March 24th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I dont have a green thumb but I am thankful for others who do so I can enjoy the flowers.

  8. Ellen Christian

    March 24th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I learn a little bit more each year. In the beginning I wasn’t very luck with plants at all.

  9. Alison Shaffer

    March 24th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    so pretty. Lilacs are my favorite. I was looking at pansies on Saturday at the produce store. almost bought some-now I wish I did. great post and come on Spring!

  10. Ellen Christian

    March 25th, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I love lilacs too, Alison! So pretty!

  11. Shannon Gosney

    March 24th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Those flowers are so pretty! I love gardening, even in cold weather. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ellen Christian

    March 25th, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Thanks, Shannon! I am really looking forward to spring!

  13. Cinny

    March 25th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Some of those flowers are just gorgeous!

  14. Ellen Christian

    March 25th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I agree! Spring flowers can be stunning!

  15. Roechelle

    March 25th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I wish I can say I have a green thumb, but I so do not.

  16. Ellen Christian

    March 25th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    My husband isn’t good with gardening either! You can still enjoy the flowers though!

  17. diane

    March 29th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I wish I could grow lilacs here in the south. I miss the smell so much!

  18. Ellen Christian

    March 30th, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I do too, Diane! One of my favorite scents!