At the end of winter, we can all begin to feel little flower deprived … I know I like driving by a well developed garden that has those first, early spring flowers. (Yes, I am admitting my own has none. Shhh.) Not just can those first spring blooms brighten your day after all the gloom of winter season, they can jump begin the gardening bug! Now, everybody already knows about the typical annuals you can buy at any supermarket or House Depot … pansy’s, primroses and violas. I want to introduce you to some early spring perennials you might not have thought of, which come back every year for a much better display screen each time, and include more interest and texture. So here are my leading early spring flowers, and how to grow them!
Grape Hyacinths are little bulblets that are planted in fall, and one of the very first flowers of spring. They are a grassy looking plant that returns every year with clustered flowers of different colors of purple, and even white! They love complete sun to part shade, and average to sandy soil. These spring perennials increase rapidly, and can even be planted under trees. Looks best planted in sweeps, combine well with daffodils and tulips. Blossom from March– May, depending on your climate and range. Some are even aromatic!
Lenten Rose blooms as early as February, with classy flowers in pink, purple and white colors held above leatherlike, semi evergreen foliage. A few of the blossoms are very in-depth and gorgeous up close. Plant out of the wind, preferably with afternoon shade in hot areas. These spring blooming flowers like a more fertile soil. Hardy to Zone 5 … Moderate areas might see these flower even in late winter season!
Daphne is a highly aromatic spring flowering shrub that grows from 2-3 feet, covered with clusters of white to pink flowers in February– March. Evergreen leaves are a great background shrub the rest of the year, but Daphne’s fragrance is where its specialness lies. Likes great drain, and needs good air blood circulation also. Deer resistant, sturdy to Zone 5, and keep in mind, the berries may be toxic. Our fav is ‘Carol Mackie’ …
Hyacinths are another really fragrant spring flower, a bulb planted in fall. Good drain is required, as well as complete sun. Blooms in March– April, sturdy to Zone 4. Photo by ‘White Flower Farm’.
MOSS PHLOX, OR CREEPING PHLOX.
An early spring flowering ground cover that stays semi evergreen, this plant infects 2 feet and is covered with extremely intense pink, blue, purple or white flowers in March-April. Phlox need well drained soil, or it will be very brief lived … Makes quite a show! Hardy to Zone 3, requires full sun. Shear after flowering by one 3rd.
Gold Alyssum is a great ground cover type plant that spreads well and gives a shock of brilliant yellow in early to mid spring. It flowers over an extended period, and is sturdy to Zone 4. Easy to grow, simply cut back by a 3rd after flowering to keep these early flowering flowers from looking rangy. Is fantastic where it can cascade over walls. Heat and dry spell resistant.
If you need a early spring flowers for shade, Brunnera is a fantastic option since it goes beyond the seasons. Once it’s quite and fragile blue flowers end up, the heavily veined leaves offer a foliage show the rest of the season. Some varieties are actually grown more so for their highly decorative foliage. Hardy to Zone 3, 15 inches high, and tolerates wet websites. We like ‘Jack Frost’, due to the fact that it’s got a good balance between flowers and foliage interest.
One of my favorites, Bleeding Heart is also a kid’s delight, as each flower is a heart shape! (I don’t bother describing “bleeding” to a five years of age …) Flowering in early spring, prefers afternoon shade and abundant soil. In all however mild summertime environments, Bleeding Heart will go dormant in the summertime and pass away back to the ground. No concerns though, it will be back the next spring, as it is one of the best early spring perennials! Simply be sure to prepare other plants that will fill in to cover the empty spot in summertime. Hardy to Zone 3 … The fernleaf range has a various type of foliage, but it is not precisely the very same plant. Fernleaf bloom in summertime. Image by ‘HGTV Gardens’.
Our last option are Peonies … Some varieties bloom in early spring, and some not till summer season, so make certain to have a look at with your regional nursery the very best early peonies for you! We have an entire post on how to grow peonies that may assist you begin.
I hope you get motivated to start your early bloomers, and get a head start on the garden! Want to suggest a range we overlooked? Comment! If you enjoyed this post on Early Spring Flowers, we know you will wish to jump right over to our posts on How to Grow Hydrangeas and How to Plant Flower Beds! Do not forget to Pin your favorites so you remember them later on!