While you’re waiting for your spring blooming perennials, go ahead and deliver a shot of color to your landscape with cold hardy annuals that will tolerate the cold early Spring mornings.
Even though all of these are cold hardy, keep a sheet or frost blanket on hand to cover them, just in case the temps fall below 20 degrees one night. We know our TN weather can be 77 degrees one day and 17 the next!
- Pansies and Viola are the staple late Fall-early Spring flower! They hold up to the cold nights and are so easy to care for. They come in a wide vareity of color choices.
- Dusty Miller are also very easy to grow and provide interesting color with there silvery-green color and soft texture
- Dianthus may look dainty but are hardy! They not only colorful but fragrant, too! You can usually cut these back once they fizzle out in the hotter temperatures and get a re-bloom show in the Fall.
- Sweet Allysum is another fragrant bloomer that is tougher than it looks. They love trailing off containers or spreading and attract pollinators!
- Dwarf Snapdragons are a great addition to your garden bed or containers. Each plant is pretty on its own but that beauty is multiplied when planted in masses!
- Forced Blooming Bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are a great option if you forgot to plant them last Fall. Plus, you can replant later to grow again the next year!
These will provide you will beautiful transitional color until the weather begins to get hot and it’s time for summer flowers.