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10 Perennials to Plant Now!

If you can work the ground, you can plant! You should still amend the soil and mulch, but otherwise it is perfectly safe.


The only thing you must watch out for is that if your plants are blooming when you dig them in, be sure to cover them if it freezes. The plant itself will be fine but you may lose the blooms.

The following perennials are available now:

Violas, galore! We have many different varieties to offer you. Blue Velvet & Northern Lights have a large pansy flower. Shangri-La Marina, a new variety, has light blue petals with a velvety dark blue face, surrounded by a narrow white border. We also carry Corsican violets, viola “Bowles Black”, and viola “Yellow Delight”… The viola is an excellent early-spring bloomer, which fades during the hot summer and returns in the fall. Keep in shade or part shade for best performance. Keep moderately moist.

Columbine (Aquilegia): Again, many different varieties to choose from. The Rocky Mountain Native is light blue and white. Remembrance has striking colors of violet and white. Denver Gold is a stunner with huge yellow blooms and long spurs. Plant columbines in part-shade to full sun (south east exposure), with moderate moisture. Blooms early spring through early to mid-summer. Columbine “Remembrance” is a hybrid derived from the Colorado state flower. The name honors the memory of the students and teacher of Columbine High School.

Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium):  One of the best features of the Jacob’s ladder plant is its foliage. The plant forms a clump of densely packed leafy stems each bearing tiny leaflets, ladder-like in appearance, that rise along the stem. This ladder formation is known as pinnate. Loose clusters of flowers hang like bells from the long stems and come in white, pink, blue or yellow depending on the cultivar.

Oriental Poppy (Papaver): Three thousand years ago, gardeners were growing oriental poppies and their Papaver cousins around the world. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Don’t plant them in soggy ground as they hate wet feet. Do fertilize your poppies but only once a year. Plant them with favorites whose growth habits will cover the garden’s bald spots when your poppies go dormant in the heat. Oriental poppies relish the cool temperatures of early spring and fall. Their bright blossoms open just as most spring bulbs are finished and before the summer flowers begin. Among others, we carry Royal Wedding, Prince of Orange, Allegro and Brilliant.

Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa): Butterfly Blue. This easy-care plant works well nearly anywhere and its interesting flowers are especially attractive to butterflies. The flowers perform best in full sun and require well-draining, organic-rich soil. Pincushion flowers normally bloom from late spring/early summer until the first frost. Deadheading is required for best performance.

Coneflower (Echinacea): Invite pollinators to your garden with the prolific blooms of coneflower. They pump out daisy like flowers, thrive in full sun and heat, have virtually no pest problems, and can take less water than most other perennials. Popular new colors here are Cheyenne Spirit, Pow Wow White, and Wild Berry.

Creeping Phlox (Phlox Subulata): A beautiful perennial ground cover, creeping phlox displays a bountiful display of flowers early every spring. Use this plant as a border for your perennial beds, as an accent for rock gardens, or to hide unsightly crevices in your garden. It comes in hues of blues, purples, pinks, reds and whites.

Coral Bells (Heuchera): Offering a dazzling array of foliage color, texture and shape, Coral Bells are sure to make a statement in your garden! Heuchera are excellent for the shady or semi-shady border and their bright foliage color can brighten a bed as well as a flower. Excellent edgers, they also feature dainty flowers held aloft on airy stems.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria): Named for the organ that most resembles the foliage, pulmonaria is also known as lungwort. Despite the funny name, pulmonaria is a wonderful flowering shade plant. Pulmonaria leaves are deer-resistant and range from solid green to nearly pure silver. One of the first flowering perennials in the late winter and early spring, this beauty is sure to breathe new life into your shady garden.

Candytuft (Iberis): Candytuft is well known for its tight clusters of pure white flowers in the early spring. It doesn’t get too tall or too wide spread so Iberis is perfect for edges and borders. Plant in the full sun for the best results and keep moist.

There are many other varieties of perennials ready at Gulley’s for spring planting! Look for: Dianthus, Delphinium, Sandwort, Lavender… and more!

4 thoughts on “10 Perennials to Plant Now!

  1. Oh, how lovely! I appreciated receiving this colorful Spring email, on this grey day, as I wait for the new life to REappear in our landscape. I have seen the vibrant glory of the creeping phlox, (in other folks gardens) but did not know what it was. I will definitely invite that lovely plant to relocate to my house! Also, I appreciate the stories about Jacob’s Ladder (I like the name but always wondered about it.) AND I very much appreciate the practical information that these 10 ‘lovelies’ can be plannted NOW! (or maybe in 2 days) =D Thank you for your warm and great customer service. You guys are the best- I totally love your nursery!
    A happy Gulley’s customer,
    -Sheri

    1. What a beautiful comment, Sheri! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this season!

  2. Do you recommend any specific landscape designer in Fort Collins?
    I want a floral design for my yard…..less rocks!!!! as all the larger companies want to design with! HELP Please.

    1. Hi Barb! We do have some wonderful Landscape Architects that we work with. Check out all of our referrals by clicking the link below.
      https://www.gulleygreenhouse.com/garden-center/gardening-resources/referrals-tips/

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