Past Articles Library | Spring Color for your Flower Garden
Spring is arriving for many people. An easy way to wake up your landscape is to put out spring blooming flowers. These are sometimes annuals and sometimes perennials that have pretty blooms and bloom for most of the spring. They do not tolerate the heat and will have to be replaced with summer blooms in a few months, but they can certainly last long enough to wake up the flower beds after their winter slumber.
- Pansies are a popular plant to give the spring color. They are easy to obtain and don’t take a lot of care once they are planted. You can obtain a range of colors in pansies and can place them together or in other places that need to be waked up. Pansies are hardy in zones four to eight and grow about ten inches tall and twelve inches wide.
- Yellow trillium (Trillium luteum) is a beautiful plant in the spring. It is hardy in zones five to eight. It blooms in the spring and has beautiful yellow blossoms. However, it is not tolerant of heat and when the blooms fade in June, so does the pretty variegated foliage. Yellow trillium grows best in a shade garden. It grows sixteen inches tall and twelve inches wide.
- Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a shade and woodland loving plant. It blooms in March and the blooms last until late spring. It is hardy in zones three through nine. Bloodroot is actually a herbaceous perennial that grows to be six inches tall and twelve inches wide.
- Snowdrop anemone (Anemone nemorosa) is a beautiful and festive plant that appears in full sun and part shade. It lives in zones four to eight. It grows to be six inches tall and twelve inches wide. It flowers in the spring, but sometimes also flowers in the fall when temperatures start to cool down.
- If you are looking for a spring budding tree, you can’t get much more festive than the redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis). It blooms beginning in March and continues through the spring. It is hardy in zones five to nine. It can grow to be thirty feet high and thirty feet wide. Make sure when you plant this tree that you leave it with enough space to grow to maturity.
- Iris (Iris) come in all colors, so you should be able to find one you like. They bloom later in the spring, but their tall foliage is pretty even without the blooms. They grow 34 inches high and twelve inches wide. Iris are hardy in zones three to nine. They like full sun and well drained soil.
- Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)are pretty purple flowers on stalks that stand tall over their foliage. They grow in zones four to eight. They are eight inches tall and six inches wide. They look best with several other grape hyacinth, rather then being planted alone. They grow in full or part shade, so make a great addition to a shade garden.
- Crocus (Crocus) can be planted in the spring and they bloom the first year they are planted. They are planted as corms and then grow rapidly. They can be a lovely pink, purple, yellow, or white, so you should find some color that matches your garden plans. They are hardy in zones three to eight. They get to be six inches tall and wide. They require full sun and well drained soil.
- Daffodil (Narcissus) comes in a range of shapes and sizes. They are also somewhat deer resistant. They grow up to a foot tall and wide. Daffodils are hardy to zone three to nine and appreciate full sun and good drainage. The foliage should be allowed to die on its own so that it can give the corm enough energy to come back the next year.
- Tulips (Tulipa) are cheerful flowers and they come in sizes from a small four inch version to a version that is several feet tall. They are hardy in zones three to seven. Tulips also come in many colors so you can color coordinate your garden with them. They get up to two feet tall and spread one foot.
- Winter Aconite (Eranthis cilicica) only grows to be four inches tall. It is one of the first blooming flowers. However, it quits blooming and dies back in late spring. The open blooms tell people that spring is on the way. It is hardy to zones four to nine. It needs full sun and well drained soil.
- Bluestar (Amsonia hubrictii) grows in zones five to nine. In the spring, it has flowers that are pretty but restrained. In the fall, its foliage turns into a bright golden color. Bluestar grows up to three feet tall and four feet wide. It needs full sun and moist soil to grow well.
- Oakleaf Hydrangia (Hydrangea quercifolia) insists on being noticed with its oversize foliage and big flowers. It grows in zones five to nine and likes part shade and deep, moist soil. It grows to six feet tall and eight feet wide, so be sure you plant it somewhere it can spread out.
- Primrose is one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The name means “first rose” because it is usually the first wildflower to bloom. This hardy perennial can be identified by its crimped leaves and petals that surround a bright yellow center. It blooms in a number of colors, including yellow, pink, purple, blue and white. Primrose likes slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained.
- Dahlias (Dahlias) offer an explosion of color for your garden. They have disk shaped flowers or ray shaped flowers in purple, red, white or yellow. You plant them as seeds or tubers. Tubers should be planted when the soil is about 60 degrees. Seeds can be started indoors at any time of year. Spread the seeds over a tray of potting soil, then cover with more potting soil. Keep the soil moist and the seeds will pop up in about ten to twelve days.
There are many more flowers that provide spring color, but space precludes mentioning all of them. The fifteen flowers listed here should get you started for the year.