Flower garden and landscape

Spring in the garden, or The brightest plants in May


Although the calendar spring begins in March, this month is very difficult to call spring. But May is already a real long-awaited spring, filled with aromas and multicolor of awakened nature. Fresh young leaves on trees and shrubs attract the eye, yearning for living greenery for the long months of winter. In May, the primrose parade continues in the garden, ornamental shrubs, perennials and colorful conifers delight with colorful foliage and flowering, conifers are updated ... We will tell about the brightest plants of the May garden in the article.

Spring in the garden, or The brightest plants in May

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May splendor of ornamental shrubs

Favorite among the woody-shrubby vegetation in early May, first of all, are decorative-deciduous, whose young foliage in this period has a particularly bright color.

In the last month of spring it is impossible to take your eyes off japanese spirea Gold flame and Magic Capet, whose tiny bushes seem to light up with flames of flame. No less attractive and awake red-leaved vesicles and hazeldecorative elder, babaris, and you. Their growing crowns, shrouded in a veil of young bright leaves, are especially expressive against the background of flowering fruit trees.

In early to mid-May, orchards are shrouded in white foam of blooming cherries, plums, apple trees and pears. Apricots by this time, as a rule, have already blossomed, and many ornamental shrubs, which started in April, continue to please the eye with lush flowering.

Blooms even more actively Forsythia, almond, daphne, rhododendrons. From the beginning of May, snow-white lace of spring-flowering spires gradually begins to join them, starting with the earliest varieties, for example, gray spirea "Greifshame" and ending with varieties blooming in early June (Jungbright Spirea).

In detail about the bushes blossoming in the spring, read in article 8 of the best decorative bushes blossoming in the spring.

And of course, lilac! What spring without this wonderful odor incomparable aroma? If you choose the right types and varieties of everyone’s favorite shrub, then its flowering can be stretched for 1.5 months: from early May to mid-June.

Japanese Spirea "Gold flame". Red-leafed vesicle. Forsythia

Coniferous Conversion in May

Closer to mid-late May, the transformation begins conifers. Contrary to the well-known riddle, the appearance of conifers is very changeable. And the evergreen beauties become especially elegant in late spring and early summer. Even ordinary non-varietal oil young branches have a lighter color and stand out noticeably against the background of old needles.

During this period, the young buds of conifers are just beginning to bloom and look like charming buds. Especially elegant in early May, varieties with contrasting bright growth. For example, ate Canadian Rainbow & and Daisies White young shoots are yellowish. Similar varieties can be found in blue spruce prickly. In particular, young golden needles against the background of the usual bluish needles have spruce "Maygold" and "Bialobok".

In classic varieties ate prickly young growth is no less attractive, because as a rule, it has a brighter blue color. A truly unique red growth is known for two forms ate ordinary "Ridal" and Kruenta.

On all kinds pines in May, their decorations appear - brown vertical candles of young growth.

Canadian spruce "Rainbow end".

May primroses


In May, the primrose parade continues. From the recent raging crocuses, only glades of modest thin leaves remained. But tulips more and more begin to gain momentum, botanical species are replaced by hybrid varieties.

The late terry tulip has a rose aroma.

One of the first to bloom such groups of tulips as "simple early" and terry early. Closer to mid-May, class tulips bloom "Triumph" and Darwin Hybrids. In late May and early June, they are replaced by the latest: "lily-colored", "parrots", terry late, "simple late", "green" other.

Do not forget that tulip leaves cannot be cut before they are completely dry. Also, most varieties need digging in the summer.

Read more about the classification of tulips in the article All about the varieties of tulips - classes, groups and varieties.


Daffodils with warm friendly spring often start at the end of April, but the flowering of the bulk is still in the beginning or middle of May. As you know, the varieties of daffodils are divided into tubular, large-crowned, small-crowned, poetic, terry and some other groups.

The flowering of the bulk of daffodils occurs in the beginning or middle of May.

One of the first to bloom tubular and small-crowned daffodils. Among the large-crowned, you can find both early and late flowering varieties. Later others usually bloom terry and poetic. Narcissus, in most cases, has a tangible aroma, which varies depending on the species and variety. The most pleasant and strong fragrance exude poetic daffodils.


In total, this genus of onion has about 180 species. In culture, only a few varieties of hazel grouse are most widespread, among which the most popular imperial hazel grouse. The flowering of this spectacular primrose falls on the beginning-mid-May.

Grouse imperial.

At this time, large, drooping flowers appear on a long stalk densely covered with linear leaves arranged like lily foliage. In shape, they are similar to tulips or bells. And their color is most often orange and yellow.

The most remarkable feature of this species can be called a bunch of linear leaves located above the inflorescence. In combination with bright flowers, this "crest" resembles the imperial crown adorned with precious stones, which is why the name of the flower comes from.

In order for the bulb not to grow smaller, and the plant annually pleased with flowering, it is recommended to dig up the hazel grouse every year or once every two years. In the summer, the bulbs are stored in a shaded place at a temperature of 20 degrees. Planted in the flower garden from August to October. When choosing a place for a hazel grouse, it is important to consider that when you touch a plant, its foliage starts to produce an unpleasant odor.

Read more about hazel grouses in the article Garden grouse - diversity without borders.


This primrose with fragrant flowers of various shades is mainly used as a forcing plant and can be found on sale for spring holidays in the form of live bouquets. Often after flowering, the forcing hyacinths are planted in the ground, where the flower receives a permanent residence permit, or for some reason dies or does not release the flower arrow.

Often after flowering, forcing hyacinths are planted in the ground.

In order for hyacinth to develop safely and to please every year with flowering, it is important for him to initially choose a suitable place - the warmest and sunny without stagnation of spring water. Hyacinths are best shown in the southern regions with long, hot summers, as the bulbs have time to relax and lay flower buds.

But in the middle lane, plants may not bloom if the previous summer was moist and cool. Also, do not wait for hyacinth to bloom next season if you planted plants in the garden after distillation. Most likely, hyacinth will miss this year, gain strength and then be able to please fragrant inflorescences.

Perennials blooming in May

Brunner's hearty

Due to the similarity of sky-blue flowers, this plant is often mistakenly called forget-me-not. But the main external difference between Brunners and forget-me-nots is that the first, after flowering, develop very large, heart-shaped leaves covered with hard hairs.

Brunner's hearty.

The most abundant flowering with clouds of delicate blue inflorescences is observed in the simplest "folk" brunners hearty with dark green foliage. The main advantage of modern varieties is the unusual color of the leaf blade: most often they have various silver-gray patterns (varieties "Jack Frost", Silver Wings) or golden border (brunner's "Hadspen Cream", "Variegata").

Such brunners bloom much weaker and often a little later than the original form. Brunner is very unpretentious, but it develops best in partial shade with regular watering. Despite the increased hydrophilicity during stagnation of spring water, the plant may die.


May is the flowering time of most species of primrose. The very first in the gardens blooms spring primrose, which also has the popular name "rams" or "keys of spring."

The most unpretentious primrose.

Often, many flower growers are bought with bright primroses, which are delivered to large supermarkets on spring holidays. But practice shows that even if it is possible to grow such a bush into the room before spring, in the middle lane these overseas beauties are short-lived, and in the best case they will please their savior only a couple of seasons.

If you want to have reliable primroses from the number of primroses in the garden, which will annually delight you with abundant flowering, growing with a large curtain, then it is better to pay attention to proven species.

The most winter-hardy spring primrose for the middle lane: primrose ordinary, primrose, primrose Julia, primrose high, finely serrated primrose other. Also consider that varietal plants have less winter hardiness. For example, a simple species primrose ordinary winter very well in the middle lane. What can not be said about its many large-flowered hybrids created on its basis, also known as "polyanthus" primrose. The lowest winter hardiness, unfortunately, is observed in terry varieties.

See also our material Primrose pink - the queen of primroses.


Rezuha (arabis) - Mandatory plants for the "lazy" gardener - very unpretentious, winter-hardy, flowering early and plentifully. In gardens, arabis is used mainly in alpine hills or is planted in the foreground of flower beds. Most often, there is a crust with white small flowers having a honey aroma. But sometimes you can find bright pink and raspberry colors.

Rezuha (arabis).

At first glance, the creeper may seem like an unremarkable plant resembling wildflowers. But arabis has more interesting forms, for example, the variety "Captivity" unusual terry flowers. And arabis "Variegata" the flower garden will be decorated all season, thanks to the presence of a bright light border around the edge of the leaf.


In addition to the most beloved fragrant summer panicled phloxes, spring-blooming species of this plant are often found in gardens, forming carpets densely covered with medium-sized white or lilac flowers. Flowering begins in mid-late May and continues in June.

Phlox awl-shaped.

The most common type of creeping phlox is awl-shaped phlox, which has many varieties with a whisk of various shades (raspberry, pink, purple, lavender, etc.).

But there are other carpet phloxes very similar to it, for example, broad-leaved phloxwhich is distinguished by wider leaves and Douglas Phlox - a more compact form, which is not growing so rapidly and is suitable for small rock gardens.

At the same time, another type of phlox blooms - widespread, which is distinguished by larger blue flowers on long, raised stems.

To avoid exposing the shoots after flowering, it is important to trim the mats of creeping phloxes by about one third. Phlox will grow best in sunny places with moderate watering.

Lungwort (pulmonary)

Lungwort is a common forest medicinal plant, which is often grown in the garden. But in decorative floriculture they prefer to grow decorative varieties of pulmonaria, which are distinguished by the original silver pattern on the foliage. Due to this feature, the spring-flowering Lungwort remains decorative all season, decorating the shady corners.

Lungwort (pulmonary).

On one plant near the pulmonary, you can notice the flowers of three colors: purple, pink and purple. This unusual feature of the plant is due to the fact that the acidity of the corolla's cell juice changes as the flower dissolves, changing its color. If you look closely, you can see that the buds of the Lungwort are always bright pink, the half-blossoms are purple, and the fully opened flowers are purple.


Aubrieta - one of the most beautiful spring-flowering soil protectors for alpine slides and retaining walls. During flowering, the auret is a lilac carpet, which is formed by small four-petal flowers covering thin creeping stems.

Aubrieta is one of the most beautiful spring-flowering soil protectors.

Depending on weather conditions, flowering of Aubrieta may occur in April or early May. Flowering is usually very plentiful and long.

Modern varieties of obriet have different colors: purple, purple-red, purple and violet. In a culture, shear hair is unpretentious and grows well in dry sunny places. The winter hardiness of the plant is not bad, however, in some years, when winter thaws often occur or severe frost hits with a small snow cover, the plants can freeze. For reliability, it is recommended to cover them with a dry sheet in autumn.

Read more about this perennial in the article Aubrieta - bright and lush on sandy soils.


This plant is grown mainly due to the presence of very beautiful dense evergreen leaves. Among the people canoe often called "elephant ears", which describes the characteristics of the leaf blade of the plant as well as possible - round, thick, semi-matte with a slightly wavy edge.

The people of Badan are often called "elephant ears."

The flowering of the frankincense was usually considered only as a pleasant bonus of this unpretentious decorative and deciduous perennial, which grows well in the shade, grows quickly and does not require special care. But modern varieties of frankincense are also attracted by unusual abundant flowering.

In particular, the variety Bressingham White almost white flowers are very rare for a frankincense, and a frankincense "Angel Kiss" also has very light only slightly pinkish inflorescences. Hybrids Bressingham Ruby and Eroika distinguishes not only the darkest saturated raspberry shade of the petals, but also the dark reddish-bard leaves. The most unusual terry flowers can be found in incense varieties Abendglyut.

Sometimes the incense can bloom repeatedly in the fall. From the old brown leaves of this flower a very tasty and healthy drink "Mongolian tea" is prepared.

Stonecrop prominent

The bulk of perennials at this time only wakes up, and shows its young leaves, their riot is far ahead in June-July. But among the summer-flowering perennials there are those that you can admire now.

Stonecrop is prominent.

The most remarkable of them can be called visible stonecrop. Not even varietal specimens, just looking out of the ground, look very pretty. What can we say about varietal plants with variegated foliage.

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The most decorative look in the spring is Sedum. "Winky Kicks"whose young leaves at this time have a bright pink color. As they dissolve, the leaves acquire a bluish-green color usual for stonecrop.

The second wave of decorativeness of this variety occurs in July-August, when the bushes are covered with pink-purple corymbose inflorescences.