Keep The Bloom Alive!
Mega-bloomers bridge the gap between seasons!
Spring into Summer

Even though it's juuuust beginning to feel like Spring around here, we're already thinking ahead to our transitional mid to late-Spring/early Summer gardens. It's so easy and fun to get swept up in the hullabaloo of sunshine and birdsong after a long Winter, but we gardeners always have to be one step ahead of the seasons if we want to keep the blooms coming!

Here's a super easy cottage garden combo you can plant now that will thrill you and the pollinators when it bursts into bloom come May and beyond. Heat tolerant, long-blooming (and self-sowing) Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’ is the sweet centerpiece in this vignette with its Valentine pink and red bi-colored blooms, while contrastic true blue Delphinium belladonna ‘Blue Donna' and Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Diadem' pop and sparkle. Hollyhock Alcea 'Halo Blossom' lifts the eye with cherry-eyed white blooms on multiple 5-8' stalks and Eschscholzia californica 'Rose Chiffon' provides lots of ruffly pink "California Poppies" in the foreground.

Last but never least, hardy hard-working Tanacetum niveum "White Bouquet Tansy" holds down the whole bloomy show with a months-long froth of a bajillion white daisies. Self-sows, too!

Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’ Hollyhock Alcea 'Halo Blossom'

Papaver rhoeas ‘Falling in Love’
Semi-double 3" blooms in Valentine bi-colors and picotees of red, rose, pink and peach are sublime planted with blues. Because it's a rhoeas, you'll get a much longer bloom season and more heat tolerance!

Hollyhock Alcea 'Halo Blossom'
Every garden needs vertical accents to lift the eye and make it look complete. Plant our most romantic Hollyhock now so you'll have blooms come early Summer! Drought tolerant, but best in rich soil.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’ Delphinium belladonna ‘Blue Donna'

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Cupani’
THEE Sweet Pea to know and grow, heaven-scented 'Cupani' blooms the longest, can take the heat and puts on a massive show giving you loads of cut flowers. Excellent for providing structure and height, just like in the garden above! Self-sows!

Delphinium belladonna ‘Blue Donna'
Ultra-blue, easy and quick to bloom, we use belladonna Delphiniums in our Spring and Summer gardens because they keep re-blooming till Fall and overwinter well. Good mildew resistance, too! Lovely cut flowers. Hardy USDA zone 3!

Tanacetum niveum "White Bouquet Tansy" Eschscholzia californica 'Rose Chiffon'
Tanacetum niveum "White Bouquet Tansy"
Few plants work as hard as this seemingly simple white daisy. When the compact 3' x 3' foliage mound BURSTS into massive bloom, you'll jump for joy! EASY and bug, deer and drought tolerant, not fussy about soil! Hardy USDA zone 4.
Eschscholzia californica 'Rose Chiffon'
Like swirling skirts sublimely shaded in rose and pink, blooms keep coming Spring into Summer and more, especially if deadheaded. An easy prolific bloomer, we use it to underplant so many of our gardens. Self-sows!

Check out our VIDEO spotlighting even more of our favorite dream-team combinations. So many of these wonderful CA natives and Mediterranean annuals self-sow, which means you'll enjoy repeat performances next Spring and beyond!

For maximum happiness (yours AND the plants), be sure to give your hearty new friends well-draining and fertile soil (i.e.: NOT heavy clay!). A 1" layer of compost on top of the soil just after planting will give them a much-appreciated boost and get them off to a good start.

 
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