Ask a Professional Gardener: What Perennials Should I Plant in the Spring?

Ask a Professional Gardener: What Perennials Should I Plant in the Spring?

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Ask a Professional Gardener: What Perennials Should I Plant in the Spring?

Winter is almost over. Want to know the best perennials to plant in the spring? Ask a professional gardener!

With spring around the corner, it is the perfect time to consider what plants you may want to add to your garden. Adding perennials to your garden this spring can be a great way to bring colour to your yard, helping to banish any lingering winter blues.

But many amateur gardeners are unsure what perennials they can plan in the spring. To help get you started as you begin to brighten up your yard, here is a look at a few options for perennials that are a perfect option for spring planting.


A great place to start when planting perennials this spring is with primroses. These hardy little flowers often bloom when there is still snow on the ground, making them a great option for planting in early spring. They come in a variety of colours including white, canary yellow, purple, and pink, ensuring that you can find the right variety to match your garden’s colour scheme. While these flowers are low-maintenance and can survive various conditions, it is important to note that there are many varieties available. You will then want to choose a perennial primrose that can survive winters in your region.

Pansies and violas

Pansies and violas are amongst the earliest flowers you can plant in spring, making them a great option for those looking to get an early start on their garden. In fact, both of these flowers can withstand cold temperatures, so they can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed enough to allow you to dig with a garden trowel. While these flowers can withstand a frost, and even a light freeze, they often die out in the heat of summer only to rebound in the fall.


While most marigolds are annuals, some varieties are perennials, and they are a great option for amateur gardeners as they have a reputation for being one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed. Known for their beautiful orange and yellow blooms and their ability to repel insects, they are popular in many gardens and patio containers. Marigolds come in a variety of sizes and colours, so it is important that you choose a species that will fit your colour scheme and the size container in which you plan to plant it. Patio-size containers will work best with marigolds under 18-inches high, with anything taller working best in a flower bed or planted directly into a garden.


Peonies are another great perennial as they are easy to maintain and will continue to flower for generations. When planting peonies, make sure to plant them no more than two inches deep with roots’ “eyes” in the soil. If you plant your peonies any deeper than this they will not be able to flower.

Planting perennials in your garden is an easy way to bring vibrant colour to your yard this spring. However, if you are unsure where to start when designing the perfect garden, consider enlisting the help of a professional gardener. If you are in need of a professional gardener this spring, feel free to contact us for a quote.