What Flowers Grow in the Month of May?

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What Flowers Grow in the Month of May?
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There are numerous flowers that bloom throughout the spring and during the month of May. Since the majority of flowers start to blossom during this time of year, choosing which ones to buy and plant can be a difficult choice. Checking a region's hardiness zone compatibility can help narrow down the options. In general, May is a thriving blooming season for most regions, since it is either the beginning of summer or end of spring. Rising temperatures result in colourful flowers.

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Daffodil

Also referred to narcissus, daffodils are a popular May flower. According to Flower Garden Bulb, daffodils "are hardy, pest free, disease free, naturalise well, live for years with no work, multiply if left alone, and come in a wide variety of flower colours, heights, sizes and flower shapes. [Grow them] in the garden, in containers or force them indoors." Plant bulbs in the fall six to eight weeks before the expected first frost.

Tulip

Tulips have long been the most celebrated spring flower. Standing tall and straight, they come in an extensive variety of colours and heights. Their showy blooms and more than 100 species make them an excellent spring flower for any garden. For a May bloom, plant tulip bulbs in late fall.

Rose

As the most famed flower in the world, roses make a striking impression in any garden. Their flowers come in many colours besides the staple red. A metaphor for love and beauty, the rose is commonly used as a cut flower for special occasions and moments, though their blooms begin to decorate gardens throughout the month of May.

Roses require an abundance of both water and sunlight. Good soil is also necessary for planting rose bushes. Remember to trim dead roots before planting the bush in fertilised soil.

Zinnia

Zinnias have large blooms and come in a variety of colours. Easy to grow, zinnias bloom starting in late spring and last until the first frost. This makes them an ideal candidate for summer gardens, since their colour and beauty will last throughout the season rather than just a few short weeks. Common bloom colours include white, orange, yellow, red, rose, pink, purple and lilac.

Zinnias are easy to grow from seed. Plant them after the danger of frost has passed. As an annual flower, zinnias will die after frost befalls them, so be careful not to plant too early.

Peonies

These flowers produce large, fragrant blooms in late spring in shades of white, red or yellow. The Flower Expert states that "peonies are hardy flowering plants that need little care and live through severe winters. After becoming established in a garden, peonies bloom each spring for many years. Peonies are also extensively grown as ornamental plants for their very large, often scented cut flowers."

Set and plant peonies during the fall for a spring bloom. Use either a bare root plant or a nursery container. Make sure the flowers receive adequate water, and the peonies will come back for years to come.

Other May Flowers

Additional May blooming flowers include the mountain laurel, giant aliums, clematis and hyacinth. Many other flowers also bloom during this time. Check the hardiness zones for each flower before planting to ensure blooms will correlate with the month of May.

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