If you’re anything like us, you spend the winter months counting down the days until springtime comes rolling around again. With the spring months quickly approaching, it’s about time to start thinking about which colorful flowers you want to plant in your garden. Do you want to plant perennial flowers that will bloom again and again, or do you have your eye on a few annual flowers that will only last through spring?
From lilacs to primroses and tulips, the options are nearly endless. While flower preference is definitely subjective, we’ve curated a list of the top ten flowers (in no particular order) that we are excited to plant this spring! Keep in mind if you plan to seed these plants, you likely won’t see any blooms until next spring, but your local nursery is sure to have plenty of these flowers already in bloom that you can easily transfer them to your garden.
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These bright and yellow bulbs are the perfect way to welcome the spring season after a long and chilly winter. With their trumpet-shaped cups, passersby will love to have a glimpse of these flowers. We put these at the top of our list because although we’re planning for our springtime gardening, you might want to plant these in the fall right before temperatures start to drop. That way, they’ll be bright and blooming just in time for spring.
You can never go wrong with these multicolored beauties. These perennial blossoms come in a wide variety of colors including red, white, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. Some of them even appear to be multicolored! Tulips can be a delicious snack for critters that may come around your gardens, so make sure to plant them in areas where pests can’t dig.
These tiny, cup-shaped blooms sometimes have a reputation for blooming before the last winter snow has melted. The crocus is an extremely hardy perennial, so once you have them planted,
you can expect to see their blooms for years to come. These flowers bloom pretty early in the spring, so to get the most out of their blooming season, plant these flowers in the fall. They come in a variety of colors, including, purple, orange, yellow, and white, and flourish in full sun. The crocus is also a favorite for bees and chipmunks and other rodents like to munch on their petals.
The lilac is a long-time favorite among flower enthusiasts and may even recall memories from grandma’s house. Lilacs are perennial shrub plants that grow about ten canes and produce their signature lilac flowers at eye level. Their fragrant blossoms require full sun and annual pruning in order to ensure the most beautiful blossoms every year. You can plant this floral shrub either in spring or fall and can expect to see lilac blossoms throughout spring and even into summer.
Known for their cheery “faces”, the pansy is an annual flower you’ll also want to plant early in the spring, preferably once the ground has thawed. They thrive in full sun but will fade a little under the summer heat. However, they will quickly bounce back when the temperatures begin to drop again in the fall. Pansies also do well in pots, window boxes, and hanging baskets.
Primroses are some of the first blossoms to appear in spring and it makes sense. They are quite cold-hardy perennials—just make sure you’re planting a variety that is suited for your climate zone—that come in colors such as yellow, pink, orange, and red. They prefer partial sun and prefer to be planted in damp wood-like soil so adding a layer of mulch is recommended to keep these flowers happy.
The bearded iris is a striking perennial flower with its sword-like leaves and assortment of colors as commonplace as white or yellow to a rich maroon. Irises can also be quite tall, ranging from 12 inches to several feet tall, making them a great border plant for your garden. They love full sun, but need to be planted near the surface, no more than three inches deep.
The forsythia is another shrub flower, characterized by its sunny yellow blooms. They are very cold hardy and can be planted in early to mid-spring. Make sure to check the label because some shrubs can grow to be 20 feet tall! Forsythias will bloom first and produce leaves after. If you need to control your forsythia shrub’s size, be sure to trim immediately after the bloom otherwise you’ll be cutting off next year’s flowers.
Of all the spring-time flowers the bluebell is an easy-to-please perennial that needs partial sun but will tolerate full sun in more northern climates. They require well-draining soil with high organic content and are excellent companions for early spring bloomers and summer perennials. Different from other flowers, these plants tend to multiply quickly under shaded areas.
The Hellebore, also known as the Lenten rose due to its blooming season falling during Lent (late winter to early spring), is a perennial flower characterized by its glossy leaves and ruffled petals. It comes in an assortment of colors, is extremely cold-hardy, and will bloom for several years to come once established. Plant these Lenten roses either in spring or fall. Hellebores also contain toxins that are harmful to both pets and humans so make sure you’re planting these beauties in an area where they can’t be ingested by your furry friends or little tikes.
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