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5 out-of-the-ordinary spring flowers

By: Stephanie Polsley Bruner
These 5 great spring plants aren’t the typical flowers that you’ll find in every yard on the block.

No matter when spring starts for you, it’s a good idea to plan for several waves of color, from early spring through early summer, to keep your garden looking gorgeous. Check the bloom times on these plants as you’re reading to figure out how to fit them into the spring bloomers that you already have. Try something new and fresh this spring!

Reticulated iris (Iris reticulata)

Type Bulb Blooms Blue to purple, yellow or white, early spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 3 to 6 in. tall, 2 to 3 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 5 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 

Checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

Type Bulb Blooms White, pink, purple, dark red, in mid- to late spring Light Part sun Soil Moist, well-drained Size 9 to 12 in. tall, 3 to 6 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9  Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Type Perennial Blooms Orange, yellow, white, pink, peach or red midspring to early summer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained  Size 12 to 18 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 6 to 11 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 12 to 1 

Eastern pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens)

Type Perennial Blooms Shades of blue, white and yellow in early spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained Size 6 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 7 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 7 to 1 

Corydalis (Corydalis solida)

Type Bulbous perennial Blooms Pink, purple or near-red, mid- to late spring Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained  Size 6 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8  Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1 

Reticulated iris (Iris reticulata)

Type Bulb Blooms Blue to purple, yellow or white, early spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 3 to 6 in. tall, 2 to 3 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 5 to 9 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 

Eastern pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens)

Type Perennial Blooms Shades of blue, white and yellow in early spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained Size 6 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 7 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 7 to 1 

Checkered lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

Type Bulb Blooms White, pink, purple, dark red, in mid- to late spring Light Part sun Soil Moist, well-drained Size 9 to 12 in. tall, 3 to 6 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 9  Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1 

Corydalis (Corydalis solida)

Type Bulbous perennial Blooms Pink, purple or near-red, mid- to late spring Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained  Size 6 to 12 in. tall and wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 4 to 8  Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1 

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Type Perennial Blooms Orange, yellow, white, pink, peach or red midspring to early summer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained  Size 12 to 18 in. tall, 4 to 6 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 6 to 11 Heat-tolerant AHS zones 12 to 1 

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