Earlier this year the March 2012 heatwave sent early spring bulbs into overdrive and started showing up in March and early April. While the weather cooled down throughout the majority of April, flowers and plants are still ahead of their scheduled. Here are some late spring flowers that you might be getting a peak at sooner than you think this year.

Columbine

Columbine

Columbines are easy to grow perennials that bloom in late spring to early summer. They are available in a wide variety of colors including peach, white, purple, pink, yellow, blue and bi-colors. Columbines are a favorite to hummingbirds and bees, because their flowers contain lots of nectar.

 

 

 

 

Dianthus

Dianthus

The vibrant colors of the Dianthus are a beautiful site to see in late spring to early summer. These stunning flowers come in almost every color except for true blue, although they are mostly found in white, pink and red variations. Dianthus make great cut flowers and are quite fragrant. Dianthus are also deer resistant which makes these great flowers for many Michigan residents.

 

 

 

 

Iris

 

Iris

These breathtakingly beautiful flowers that all feature 6 petals, 3 that fall and 3 that stand straight up. Irises are easy to grow and are cultivated all over the world. Variations of this stunning flower can be found in a variety of climates including deserts, swamps and areas of the frigid North. While Irises are not available in true red, they are offered in a variety of colors including pink, white, brown, violet, yellow, orange, blue, white and almost black. Irises begin to bloom in late spring.

 

 

 

Peony

Peony

Peonies are flowers you can enjoy for years to come and can be enjoyed in every color with the exception of blue. Peonies are a little more high maintenance in comparison to other late spring flowers. They require lots of water during the spring until they bloom and also require winter protection. These gorgeous flowers bloom in mid may through late June.

 

 

 

 

Trillium

Trillium

Trillium are stunning three petal flowers which grow in Nothern areas of the Eastern US and Canada. These beautiful flowers are usually found in white but can also be found in pink and purple varieties. Trillium blooms between April and May and are hard to miss when they do.

 

 

 

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