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Garden Design Ideas – How to Plant for the Spring to Summer Transition

Looking for ways to design a garden that’s always in bloom? Plant these flowers to keep the color going through the spring to summer garden transition.

It literally poured buckets for a few days this week. Mother’s Day was a total washout, so I did not get to work in the garden as much as I wanted.

We were hoping to finish the new backyard firepit area and outdoor oasis but Mother Nature decided otherwise.

Hopefully, she will be a little more accommodating this weekend!

As we stroll through the gardens this week, the early spring bulbs are almost done and dying back.

However, the Allium bulbs are about to put on a strong show.

They are one of my favorite flowering bulbs and I can’t wait to share their full blooms!

I am preparing to start my container gardens this week and I’m super excited to be outside enjoying my spring garden.

As we move through spring and head towards summer, the garden starts changing with its color and blooms.

But how do we keep it going while the garden makes its transition to summer?

Wait until you see what plants help the garden through the spring to summer transition.

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Garden Design Ideas: How to Plant for the Spring to Summer Transition

When the early spring-flowering bulbs and perennials start to fade, you want fresh blooms to take over that will take the garden well into summer.

While annuals are a great place to keep the color and flowers going through the growing season, sometimes we want plants that will come back year after year.

Here is a list of some easy-care spring garden flowers that will bloom into summer.

  • Salvia
  • Nepeta
  • Iris
  • Columbine
  • Poppies
  • Roses
  • Peonies
  • Lilac
  • Weigela
  • Hydrangea
peonies for spring garden flowers

Garden Tour 2019

During the 2019 growing season, I diaried and photographed my gardens each week to share how they grew and changed throughout the season.

It’s amazing how much my gardens have changed since then.

CLICK HERE to see what they look like now.

Although I am partial to Allium ‘Globemaster’, this garden houses a few varieties.

Front Yard Cottage Garden Design

The front border garden has always been a labor of love.

Early in the season, I spend a lot of time prepping and mulching this bed so I can let it go for a few weeks while I work in the backyard gardens.

This garden houses the most perennials in my yard.

Right now, it is transitioning from early to mid-season spring blooms.

While these Alliums are just starting to bloom, they will become more prominent in the next week.

The Peonies have buds on them, the Catmint and Irises are preparing to bloom and the late spring blooming perennials are filling in nicely.

I love this bluish-purple hue on this Creeping Phlox!

If you live in deer country, this is another deer-resistant plant.

I do not spray this with repellent and deer never touch it.

The red tulips only have a few petals left in the front border garden.

I love when they drop their petals and expose those pretty white centers.

Isn’t that so pretty?

Side Yard Woodland Garden

Although I don’t work too often in this garden, it typically looks best this time of year as the shade-loving perennials start to bloom.

The Bleeding Hearts and Ferns are doing really well this year.

This Cranesbill aka Geraniums is just starting to bloom.

Vegetable Garden Tour

The vegetable garden is looking really good.

I should be able to harvest the lettuces soon.

In the meantime, I am picking up herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers to plant over the next week.

The Backyard Garden

As far as the rest of the backyard borders, the gardens are filling in nicely.

The berry gardens are starting to flower and most of my flowering shrubs have almost all leafed out.

Here is the other side of the garden that houses Butter Lettuce and Brussel Sprouts.

The green tall grass growing on the other side of the garden is my Siberian Iris.

There is nothing better than growing your own berries and picking them fresh from the garden.

The Blueberry Bushes have tiny white flowers on them that will transition to blueberries.

To grow blueberries, plant at least two different varieties so they can cross-pollinate.

Blueberry Bushes will not produce fruit if there is only one.

I am really excited to see this Everblooming Lilac Shrub bloom.

I planted it about four years ago and this is the first season it is covered blooms like this.

While it is not fully blooming yet, it is just about to start!

I have not sprayed these hostas yet with Deer Out, but need to get on it before they are decimated.

My besties Bodie and Koda are always with me whenever I stroll the gardens.

Here is a close-up of Joe Pye Weed.

It might not be doing much right now, but it’s growing quickly!

I love this fall-blooming perennial because it grows super tall adding color and height to the garden.

Not to mention it is a butterfly magnet when it blooms.

Plume Poppies grow super quick!

Have you ever grown them before?

I’ve decided to move a few of these to a different area in the same bed where I am struggling to grow anything with height.

They reseed like crazy so give them a lot of room to grow and self seed.

Here is a bud from one of my Peonies.

Do you see the ants on them?

The ants are beneficial as they help peonies bloom.

I have several peonies throughout my gardens and I cannot wait for them to bloom!

Bleeding Hearts and White Azaleas that partially surround the lower deck area.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me. If you missed a few tours or want to see how much the garden has changed, you can see it here:

I hope you enjoyed checking out what’s blooming this week and look forward to sharing next week’s tour with you!

I would love to hear what you think! Please leave your ideas, comments & more below or contact me here.

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