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Clients often stop in and request a list of perennial bloom times. It’s common for gardeners to plan for the upcoming year. Knowing the times when your perennials bloom helps create a design with color during each season.

Remember, beauty in the garden isn’t all about flowers. We encourage gardeners to consider how plants look when not in bloom since they’ll look that way for some of the growing season. Achieving a diverse garden of year-round interest means giving equal consideration to attractive foliage, texture, growth habit, and wildlife value.

Wisconsin native perennials are bolded. Keep in mind there may be native options of the plants that aren’t bolded.

Bloom Times for Sun-loving Perennials

Spring (April-May)

  • Sea Thrift (Armeria)
  • Bulbs (Early season ”minor” bulbs, Daffodils, Camassia, Leucojum, Tulips)
  • Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
  • Shooting Star (Dodecatheon)
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Prairie Smoke (Geum)
  • Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata)
  • Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

Summer (June-August)