May Bouquet

A guest post by Elizabeth Matlin
While tulips and daffodils are flowers we most often associate with springtime, there are many other pretty perennials that bloom early to mid-spring. Over the last decade, I’ve planted a variety of perennials in my backyard garden so that something is blooming every month from March through October. With the warm temps this April, flowers seemed to pop up overnight!

When I was growing up, my mom always had a flower garden. Spring through summer, she snipped blossoms for bouquets throughout our house. There was always a small vase of flowers in the center of our round kitchen table, where we ate dinner together every night. Columbine, lily-of-the-valley, black-eyed Susan, larkspur, baby’s breath, blanket flowers, daisies—all the old-fashioned cutting flowers that I now grow and cut for small bouquets in my home.

This spring, take your children to a local garden center (or to a neighbor who has plants to divide and share) and let them select a perennial flower to plant, tend and then snip for a pretty bouquet in your home. I often invite my neighbors’ kids over and let them cut mini bouquets to take home and they always love it!

The perennial spring-blooming flowers I just snipped from my garden for this photo are:

Jacob’s Ladder:  Bell-shaped lavender-blue flowers with leaflets arranged like the rungs of a ladder. Plant in partial to full shade.

Bleeding Heart: Pretty pink heart-shaped flowers. Plant in partial to full shade.

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’:  Grown more for its foliage than flowers, brunnera produces sprays of blue Forget-Me-Not flowers in the spring. Plant in partial shade to full sun.

Creeping Phlox ‘Blue Ridge’: Produces low mats of evergreen foliage with large, pale blue to lavender flowers in the spring. Plant in partial to full shade.

Leopard’s Bane ‘Little Leo’:  The earliest daisies to bloom with bright yellow flowers. Plant in partial to full sun.

Boris Avens: Bright orange flowers dance on long stems above dense tufts of green, wedge-shaped leaves.  Plant in partial to full sun.


  1. kathryn says:

    What a great idea to get kids in the garden! My daughter loved this idea and we even added an art activity of drawing/coloring the bouquet. This drawing turned into a card for her teacher…all great stuff!

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