6 Spring-Blooming Perennial Flowers for a Colorful Utah Garden

Spring-blooming perennial flowers are among the first plants to bring color and curb appeal to your landscape. And now is a great time to head to your local garden center and choose some varieties to plant.

spring-blooming perennial flowers

Which early blooming varieties are best for your Northern Utah garden? Here are six of our favorite spring-blooming perennial flowers. Consider planting one or more of these beauties for a gorgeous, colorful landscape.

No. 1: Pigsqueak

Bergenia cordifolia, more commonly known as pigsqueak, is a clump-forming perennial that makes for a good ground cover plant in your colorful Utah garden. Pigsqueak flowers feature dark pink springtime blooms that appear on stout, tall stalks within or above the foliage. As an added color bonus, the large, glossy leaves turn purplish-bronze in the colder months.

No. 2: Dutchman’s Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria is a beautiful wildflower with white, yellow-tipped blooms shaped like baggy, upside-down trousers – which explains why these spring-blooming perennial plants are commonly known as the Dutchman’s breeches. The delicate, fern-like foliage can add textural interest to any Utah garden.

No. 3: Creeping Buttercup

With bright yellow, five-petaled blooms and shiny, dark green leaves, ranunculus repens – or creeping buttercup — is an attractive, easy-to-grow ornamental perennial. In moist landscapes, these spring-blooming flowers spread to form a dense ground cover that can survive both foot traffic and regular mowing.

No. 4: Moss Phlox

Phlox subulata, or moss phlox, is a vigorous beauty that provides a profuse carpet of red-purple to violet-purple spring blooms. Cultivars are also available in other colors, including blue-purple, red, pink and white. These perennial flowers feature notched, petal-like lobes and clusters of narrow leaves that keep some of their green throughout the winter.

No. 5: Candytuft

A much-loved spring-blooming perennial, iberis sempervirens or candytuft has a plethora of small, bright white blooms that grow to obscure the narrow, leathery leaves. In a northern Utah garden with a warm winter climate, candytuft can be evergreen, though the foliage may suffer decline with harsh weather.

No. 6: Garden Rockcress

Easily grown and tolerant of less-than-ideal soil conditions, arabis alpine features groups of tiny, four-petaled white flowers that bloom in the spring. Commonly known as garden rockcress, these low-growing perennial flowers are beautiful accent plants for any Northern Utah landscape.

Would you like more ideas for bright and beautiful spring-blooming perennial flowers, or are you ready to start your springtime flower shopping? Either way, you’ll find everything you need at Millcreek Gardens.

Our garden center is stocked with a wide array of eye-catching annuals and perennials, and our friendly staff will be happy to help you choose the perfect plants to add more color to your landscape. Visit Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City today to find the ideal spring-blooming perennial flowers for your Utah garden and landscape.