Normally an ample snow cover can bring my zone 3-4, and maybe even 5 perennials back year after year.
Since I have gardened forever, and know that springs in Northern Minnesota are usually cool, I don't have many spring bloomers. I have it planned that about the 4th of July, my perennial beds are in full bloom with summer perennials.
These are a few of my perennials in bloom right now:
Creeping gypsophila, white baby's breath. I have it in two different garden spots. I love it but it blooms a little too early for my border.
Cheddar pinks, a dianthus family plant. Great gray-blue foliage and pink blossoms.
Creeping baby's breath and cheddar pinks together in my garden. Remnants of another dianthus in the photo.
Dianthus deltoides, maiden pinks with creeping baby's breath in my front border.
Pink, very old, 50 years old, peony bush. Normally more blossoms!
I know a lot of you love peonies. I love them too (except for the ants), and the fact that they looked like this yesterday.
I live across the street from Rainy River and Rainy Lake is not too far away. The early settlers to this area knew there was some rain. The blossoms on peonies are just too big to come back after a heavy rain. This plant has a cage around it.
Wooly creeping thyme by the deck.
Red Prince Weigela. A really misshapen blooming shrub. Wouldn't plant it again! Like it in bloom!
Cranesbills in bloom, in two colors. Very dependable bloomers with nice mounding habit!
Some of my sedum will be in bloom soon too! Stop back for more perennials, annuals, junk gardens!