6 Things: May Flowers

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We happily braved the chilly April showers knowing the promise of colorful May flowers was on the way – and we’re delighted to say the blossoms arrived right on time. Gardens bursting with bright, cheerful blooms is the best part about spring, with varieties to match any local climate, garden design, and color preference.

To celebrate the arrival of these beauties, we asked the terrain plant team to share their six favorite May flowers.

1. Peonies: Beloved for their giant blooms, ruffled petals, and wide range in colors, peonies look as gorgeous in the garden as they do in a cut arrangement at home.

2. Geum: These cheerful, small flowers sit on thin stems high above dark green foliage, making geum a bold border bloom for any garden.

3. Lupine: A staple in English cottage gardens, lupine boasts high contrast colors in compelling combinations. And since these delicate blooms aren’t very hardy in the US, it feels like a major luxury when we see them pop up in May.

4. Clematis: Blooming in every color and shape imaginable, clematis is a flowering vine that’s great for covering fences and structures. Once established, these buttercup family blossoms are super lush and easy to care for, preferring sun and cool roots.

5. English Roses: A true gardener’s plant, English roses are the prized hallmark of many spring plantings. From the heady scents and abundance of petals to the tonal range and longevity, these flowers feel like harbingers of warmer days ahead.

6. Foxglove: Another nostalgic cottage garden bloom that makes for great cut flowers and are just as striking in a border. We love the pastel ranges and contrast in the dark speckled throats in these tall tubular blooms.

Photo credits:1.Eirien 2.Axel Kristinsson 3. Terrain 4.Terrain 5.T. Kiya 6. Terrain

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