Aquilegia

Five spring perennials for May

Discover five perennials to grow for beautiful flowers in May.

With so many stunning perennials to choose from, it can be tricky to choose which ones to plant, especially if you’re pushed for space.

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To help you choose, we’ve picked a range of May-flowering perennials, including shade-loving plants and plants for bees. To keep your perennials flourishing, make sure you follow our guide on which type of fertiliser to use.

Discover five beautiful spring perennials for May colour, below.

Elegant and colourful – delphiniums are a quintessential cottage garden plant.

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Acanthus

These stately perennials, also known as bear’s breeches, produce large glossy leaves topped with elegant spires of white and purple flowers and are ideally grown in dappled shade. Keep an eye out for slugs.

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Hardy geraniums

Ever-reliable hardy geraniums produce masses of beautiful, bright and bee-friendly blooms. Those of ‘Anne Folkard’ are a particularly vivid shade of purple, while ‘Ingwersen’s Variety’ has smaller, white flowers.

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Delphiniums

Elegant and colourful – delphiniums are a quintessential cottage garden plant. Cut them down to the ground in autumn, once they’re past their best.

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Solomon’s seal

Polygonatum, or Solomon’s seal, are beautiful shade-loving perennials, with pretty, pendulous blooms, which are a creamy colour. For flowers which stand out even more, try growing the cultivar ‘Red Stem’.

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Aquilegias

Depending on which aquilegias you’re growing, May will either be the month they’re beginning to flower, or the month they’re ending their display. ‘Texas Yellow’ (pictured) flowers from March to May, whereas it’s May to July for ‘Chocolate Soldier’.

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Slug-proof plants