Six Flowers That Bloom In Spring

By: Peter Goldberg

 

Spring doesn’t seem official until we’re greeted by fresh, riotous blooms. Whether they’re perennials returning to life or sprouting anew, the welcoming signs of winterโ€™s thaw come in a rainbow of colors. With so many to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful and popular blooms to help you spring back into gardening.

Pansies

Pansies are beautiful cool-weather flowers, perfect for spring planting. Their cherub-looking faces have made them a favorite of gardeners for generations. They come in red, orange, purple, lavender, blue, yellow and white, and give your yard a festive look. Pansies can be planted indoors to start then transferred outside after the danger of frost has passed. Theyโ€™re also perfect for a window garden. They begin to bloom in early spring and last throughout the summer.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6 through 11.

Lilacs

Favored for their fresh fragrance, lilacs are a staple in yards across America. These hardy bushes can live for a very long time and can reach heights of 15 to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide, making them great as a windbreak or for privacy. If not properly maintained, lilacs can get out of control. Pruning is vital for promoting flowering. It also ensures air circulation between the branches to prevent diseases like powdery mildew. Lilacs should be pruned right after blooming has ceased.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 9.

Lantanas

This nectar-rich flower comes in a variety of colors and is great for attracting butterflies to your garden. Violet is the most popular variety, but the lantana camara comes in a variety of colors. Itโ€™s a perennial, so once itโ€™s established, it needs little care.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 through 11.

Irises

Iris flower blooms fresh spring growth

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Another flower that can add a variety of color to your spring landscape is the iris which blooms in spring or summer. Because of its range of colors, this flower is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow. With more than 200 species, the iris offers plenty of choices. The most popular species are Bearded, Siberian and Japanese irises. It needs full sun for half of the day, but some can tolerate a little bit of shade.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 9.

Daffodils

If thereโ€™s a flower synonymous with spring, itโ€™s the daffodil. These cheerful yellow flowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and grow in most regions of North America. Daffodils are perennials, making their return a sight for winter-weary eyes. Daffodils are great for mixing with your other plants or sneaking between shrubs and bushes to accentuate your garden.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 8.

Tulips

Its silky smooth texture, refreshing smell and irresistible appearance make the tulip a favorite choice. Native to The Netherlands, tulips have been popular for centuries, even inciting the famous tulip mania of the 17th century. Plant in clusters to add a more interesting and natural look to your flower beds and be sure to pick a spot that gets full sun and adequate soil drainage. Wet soils can encourage disease and rot. Tulips are perennials and will return each year to greet you if taken care of properly.

Growing zones: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 10, but growing times vary greatly by region.

Flower Bed Care

After reading this, you might be itching to pull on your gardening gloves and dust off your tools. But before you get to work on planning your new garden, make sure your flower bed is ready. Weed the area then turn the soil. Add some compost or fertilizer. It may be just dirt to you, but for your flowers, itโ€™s home. With the proper nutrients, theyโ€™ll beautify your home throughout the spring and summer.

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Peter Goldberg is a gardening and landscaping writer, and outdoors aficionado. He likes to fire up the grill to cook for family and friends, as well as using his organically grown garden produce to create mouth-watering meals.