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Flowers by Region

Nothing says spring like bright, colorful flowers, but when should you break out the gardening gloves? Below are some tips to help you find the best time to start planting in your area.

Woman in a garden watering flowers.

Warm Weather Regions

Azalea bushes.

If you live where the heat is hard to escape, try a landscape design like a raised bed. A raised bed can expand your options if you have less than optimal soil. Create a fun shape or a tiered flowerbed to mix it up.

For flowerbeds, perennials such as azalea bushes are essential to any southern garden and come in a variety of colors. Marigolds and zinnias are a hearty choice and can withstand the heat. Petunias and salvia are nice warm weather options too, and will work well in arid climates.

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Cold Weather Regions


With blizzards as late as March and nasty Nor’easters, the top half of the U.S. is, at best, unpredictable. Begonias, lilac bushes and pansies are good standbys for spring. In certain regions of the Midwest it can stay cool into May. For these areas try snapdragons and other flowers that can withstand a little chill in the air.

Aim to plant flower bulbs like dahlias and calla lilies in late spring for summer blooms. If you have a late frost, go ahead and get them started indoors until they’re safe to transport to your garden – just be sure to keep them warm.

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Container Gardens

Container garden with yellow and orange flowers.

If you have limited space, container gardens can add color and dimension to your front or back patio, and are great for both warm and cool climates. African lilies are a good staple for either region. Consider planting tall flowers in the middle and shorter flowers close to the edge of the container for a uniform design. The thing to remember about container gardens is you can pick practically any flowers you like, so have fun with them!