One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9
Columbine Genus: Aquilegia spp. Zones: 3-9 Bloom time: May; then six weeks later. To prune: Cut the stems all the way back to the foliage. Good to know: After the second bloom, leave the blossoms on the plant to reseed.
Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon' (Woodland phlox) - Perennial - Zones 3-8, Height 12-18 in. Selected for outstanding flower color and very full flower petals, 'Blue Moon' bears many fragrant, 5-petaled flowers with the arrival of spring. Enjoy a knee-high sea of elegant, violet-blue flowers while simultaneously attracting hummingbirds & butterflies into your garden. Foliage is lance shaped and medium green. A long-lived, carefree native groundcover.
Nicky Giant Hardy Phlox. Garden Phlox or "Flame Flowers" bloom in profusion with huge 5-6" flower heads all summer. Fragrant and showy, with brilliant, non-fading colors. Excellent for perennial borders, corners and cut flowers. Dense, compact folliage with deep green, lance-shaped leaves with prominent veins. Plant about 18-20" apart in rich, well-drained soil. Available: Direct Gardening website.