Brighten shady beds with the silvery leaves of ‘Silver Bouquet’ pulmonaria. Spring blooms open to reveal pink petals that slowly fade to blue hues. At any point, plants often have multiple flower colors on one stem. Plants grow 7 inches tall by 20 inches wide. Site this deer-resistant beauty near the edge of planting areas to showcase its dainty blossoms. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
‘Sorbonne’ Oriental lily unfurls large blooms that exude a rich perfume. Petals are a pure deep pink with a white edge. Oriental lily grows from a bulb that can be planted in fall or spring. Top-heavy stems grow to 3 feet and benefit from staking. Use care not to pierce the bulb when you insert stakes. Adding them at planting time helps avoid bulb damage. Flowers appear in midsummer and can scent an entire yard on a sultry summer evening. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Vibrant spring flowers become the star of the show when displayed in handmade vases for Mom. Pick up a ready-made bouquet from the local flower market, or form your own arrangement to add a splash of color to the table.
Why we love it: Dark leaves provide consistent season-long color in planting beds. Cut stems of this shrub are terrific in bouquets. Pretty spring flowers open in pink shades. Look for different sizes of dark-leaf ninebark, including dwarf and miniature versions.
Pure white blooms of ‘Whirlwind’ Japanese anemone blend easily into any full sun to part shade spot in the garden. Blossoms open from late summer through fall. Each bloom measures 2 to 3 inches across and stands atop tall stems that make a great addition to fall bouquets. Anemone leaves appear in late spring, making them a perfect partner for spring bulbs because anemone leaves help hide dying bulb foliage. Look for varieties with pink blooms, too. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 36 to 48 inches tall by 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Green leaves with wide, white edges help ‘Double Stuff’ Solomon’s seal provide eye-catching color in a woodland or shade garden. Fragrant flowers open in spring as white bell-shape blossoms that dangle along stems. Stems with or without blooms make a terrific addition to a garden bouquet. Deer-resistant plants grow 26 inches tall by 16 inches wide. Leaves fade to bright gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Turn up the fall color with ‘Red Jewel’ helenium. This native perennial tosses open blooms in shades of red and orange starting in midsummer and extending well into fall. Tuck helenium into rich soil that drains well, and cut plants back by half in spring to increase branching and bushiness. Flowers make a great addition to garden bouquets. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
If purple is your jam, you need to tuck clustered bellflower into your garden. The bright purple blossoms make a perfect addition to any late spring or early summer bouquet. Remove spent blooms to help extend the flower show. Blossoms beckon butterflies and other pollinators. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 15 to 16 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good vase companions for clustered bellflower: bearded iris, baptisia, gas plant, lady’s mantle and coralbells.
Add bright gold to stream or pondside plantings with Chinese globeflower (Trollius ‘Golden Queen’). Blooms open 2 to 3 inches across from late spring into midsummer on plants that grow 24 to 36 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Include this beauty in a cutting garden—its flowers make a great addition to bouquets. Chinese globeflower is a slow grower and takes one to two years to become fully established in the garden. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Edge planting beds with beautiful lady’s mantle. This is a go-to perennial for cottage or old-fashioned gardens. Leaves have a heavily felted texture that causes water to bead on the surface, even morning dew. Chartreuse flowers appear from late spring to early summer. They make the perfect filler for fresh garden bouquets and also dry well to use in dried flower arrangements. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 15 to 18 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Good vase companions for lady’s mantle: peony, bearded iris, Oriental lily and clustered bellflower.
Go native with false indigo, a prairie plant that’s low maintenance and gorgeous. Pretty blue-purple flower spikes appear in late spring and make a great addition to a garden-fresh bouquet. Leaves have a blue-green tone that looks stunning in a vase—harvest stems all season long. Dried seedpods make a nice addition to fall arrangements. This is a tap-rooted perennial, which means it’s not easy to move once established. Plant it where you know it can stay put. False indigo offers different flower colors, including blends of blue, yellow, brown and white. The variety shown is ‘Blueberry Sundae.’ False indigo are deer-resistant plants that grow 4 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9. Good vase companions for false indigo: bearded iris, peony, clustered bellflower, purple coneflower and echibeckia.