If you鈥檙e counting the days until you can get down and dirty bringing your garden to life, these first days of spring can be rough. It may not be full-on planting time in your neck of the woods yet, but that doesn鈥檛 mean you can鈥檛 get started. Whether it鈥檚 your first time聽or you鈥檙e just聽itching to take your backyard masterpiece to the next level,聽there are some gorgeous blooms that you can get started now that will elevate your聽floral game all summer long. Check to see when you can expect your final frost of the season (we like the Farmer鈥檚 Almanac聽calculator here) and then get your garden gloves ready, because it鈥檚 time to spring it on.

1.聽Dahlias:聽These gorgeous blooms come in all sizes and in every color of the rainbow, and they鈥檒l fill your mid-summer garden with tons of vibrant colors 鈥 if you get started now. If you鈥檙e already out of danger of frost,聽get your聽day lily tubers in the ground. If聽not, you can start them inside now so they鈥檙e ready to go once the weather has warmed.

2. Day Lilies:聽Day lilies are another spectacularly varied family of plants, with tons of different colors and聽even聽different blooming seasons. (Plant them with care and they鈥檒l bloom one after the other聽all summer long.)聽These easy-care perennials don鈥檛 mind the cold, so they can go in the ground almost anywhere now that it鈥檚 spring. (But of course, check with your local grower about your particular area聽because YMMV.)

3. Poppies:聽The sooner you聽scatter these seeds, the better聽鈥 poppies actually need the cold (and ideally, a healthy dose of snow for some of the arctic and Iceland varieties!) to thrive. And once they鈥檙e blooming, these beauties聽are drought-tolerant, so if you hate watering聽(same), these are a great option.

4. Wildflowers: If you live in warmer climes, cue the Tom Petty, because these colorful, relaxed flowers can be grown from seed now. If you get snow where you live, hold off until after the last frost. But ether way, make sure you聽have your scissors ready: Wildflowers make gorgeous聽gift bouquets for friends and family聽all summer long.

5. Cosmos: Are you looking for a garden superstar? Get your hands on some聽cosmos聽鈥 these cottage-garden聽faves will add charm and color to your borders and beds or even your containers. Like wildflowers, they need to be planted once the danger of frost has passed, but if you can鈥檛 wait, start 鈥檈m inside now because they transplant nicely.

6. Zinnias:聽Drought-tolerant聽and heat-tolerant, colorful zinnias are聽a snap to grow for beginners and have a huge payoff in tons of cheerful, sturdy blooms that are perfect for cut flowers. Sow these after the frost and enjoy them through fall.

7. Sweet Peas:聽With their graceful pastel shades and sweet, old-fashioned scent, sweet peas are the trailing vines of your romantic garden dreams. Definitely don鈥檛 wait to get these going: These beauties need to be聽planted before the last frost.

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