Tuberose This richly fragrant bulb, Polianthes tuberosa, was a Victorian favorite. Plant in containers or beds, two to three inches deep. Gardeners in zones lower than 8 must dig up the bulbs in the fall. TENDER BULB
One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9
What to Prune When lilac and forsythia should be pruned late spring - immediately after they finish blooming. Hydrangeas bloom on old wood. Prune these types of hydrangeas before midsummer. If you prune them in winter or early spring, you'll be removing flower buds
Garden hydrangea For light shade, it’s tough to beat Hydrangea macrophylla. The shrub is easy to grow, needing little fussing beyond watering, occasional feeding, and light pruning once a year. Yet it pumps out big mophead flower clusters—in shades of pink, blue, and white—that can reach 10 or more inches across. Grow garden hydrangea in zones 3b–9, 14–21; H1; ‘Incrediball’ in zones A3; 1–21.
Coral Bells 'Paris' coral bells produces a frothy sea of pink blooms floating above silvery green foliage, so even when this perennial flower is not in bloom, it looks great. Other varieties are grown strictly for their attractive foliage colors, with shades ranging from deep purple to bronze, peach, silver, and mixtures of the above. Name: Heuchera selections Zones: 3-9
Saucer Magnolia - offers some of the most beautiful flowers of any tree. Its large blooms appear in shades of white, pink, and purple in mid- to late spring. Test Garden Tip: Do some research before buying a magnolia to make sure you have the best selection for your climate. Some types, while hardy, suffer flower damage from late frosts. Name: Magnolia x soulangeana Size: To 20 feet tall and wide Zones: 5-9
Magnolia butterflies (Butterfly Magnolia) Noted for its non-fading yellow flowers, late vegetative growth, compact pyramidal form and hardiness to both heat and cold. Upright, tulip-like, yellow flowers (bloom in late winter to early spring.