How to make your garden bloom

The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

17 best plants for cool-season color

Brighten gray, drizzly days with the West's best cool-season flowers

  • Print
  • |
  • Email
Iceland poppy (Papaver nudica
Photo: Thomas J. Story

Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule)

Perennial in some zones

With their tall, leafless stems that dance in the breeze, Iceland poppies are graceful companions to many cool-season plants.

Iceland poppies grow 1 to 2 feet tall; flowers are cream, orange, pink, rose, salmon, yellow, or white. They need full sun and moderate to regular water.

In mild-winter climates, set out plants in fall or winter for months of cool-season color. Pick flowers freely to prolong the show.

In cold winter areas, sow seed in earliest spring for summer bloom; or set out plants in fall for bloom the following year.

Advertisement

Insider Guides

Places We Love!
Enchantment Resort
For a most soothing Sedona experience, tuck yourself...