AppleWood Seed Company Blog ImageBy early spring, most gardeners look forward to seeing color in their gardens again.   You can plan ahead for next year by sowing spring blooming plants this year.  Here are some of the best spring-blooming perennials and re-seeding annuals.  The following plants do well in most parts of the United States.

Spring blooming perennials include Basket-of-Gold (Alyssum saxatile), Columbine (Aquilegia species), Rockcress (Arabis alpina), Purple Rockcress (Aubrieta deltoidea), Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), Siberian Wallflower (Cheiranthus allionii), Utah Sweetvetch (Hedysarum boreale), Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule), Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides), Johnny Jump-Up (Viola cornuta), Pansy (Viola wittrockiana) and Golden Alexander (Zizea aurea).


Siberian Wallflower


Purple Rockcress

yellow alyssum



These annuals bloom quickly after sowing (6-8 weeks) and tend to reseed and bloom in spring each year.  How well annuals reseed will depend upon the site conditions and climate.  Crown Tickseed (Coreopsis nuecensis), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and California Bluebell (Phacelia campanularia).

Crown Tickseed

California Poppy, Mixed

Corn Poppy, Mixed

California Bluebell