14 Flowering Plants To Bring Your Garden to Life This Spring
Here are 14 flowering plants - bulbs, perennials, shrubs & trees - to bring your garden to life this spring. See pictures & find out a bit about each plant.
Written by: Rachel Waglison
The sweet scent of blooming flowers is one of the most wonderful and surest signs that Spring has arrived. Here are 14 classic flowers that are widely recognized as spring bloomers. Spring is not springing without these flowers!
First on our list is the famous tulip. Tulips are one of the most beloved and a favorite among flower lovers. They grow in cool springs and dry summers. A classic spring flower, Tulip color can range from purple to yellow, white, red, pink and orange. There are even multicolored varieties. Red Tulips symbolizes true love, yellow for cheerfulness, purple for royalty and white for a message of forgiveness.
Red Tulips symbolizes true love, yellow for cheerfulness, purple for royalty and white for a message of forgiveness.
Popular and most beautiful plantations of Tulip flowers are found in the Netherlands and Germany.
Daffodils are another classic spring flower which is commonly recognized for their yellow trumpet-shaped petals. Although yellow is the most widely recognized, these spring bloomers also come in shades of white, orange and pink.
Daffodils bloom in late winter or early spring when planted in fall. One Daffodil stem can actually hold up to 20 flowers. They grow best in a loamy and slightly acidic or neutral soil.
In the language of flowers, Daffodils symbolizes friendship.
Dahlias are known for their colorful spiky flowers that range in color from orange, pink, purple, red and white to yellow. Most of them have no fragrance and instead rely on their brightly colored petals to attract bees and other pollinating insects.
Dahlias can’t survive in extreme weathers and grow best in cool, moist climates and frost-free areas. They thrive in a free-draining and well-watered soil with plenty of sunlight.
Lilac is a true spring flower known for its sweet fragrance which attracts butterflies, making it one of their unique characteristics.
Lilac comes in many colors such as pink, purple, lavender and white but the most popular color is lilac, hence its name.
They are easy to grow, require low maintenance and produce great cut flowers. These flowers can grow from 5 to 15 ft tall while thriving in temperate areas
In the language of flowers, lilacs symbolize the joy of youth.
5. Garden Roses
Garden roses are hybrid roses cultivated mostly for ornamental purposes. They thrive in temperate climates.
They are available in a variety of colors and shades such as orange, vibrant red, golden yellow, powder pink, pure white and peach melba and many combinations of these colors.The blue pigment has only been recently introduced.
They are categorized as Wild, Old Garden, and Modern Garden roses.
The poppy is known as the source of opium and also as a symbol for warriors who have fallen in battle defending their country. Amongst gardeners, they are coveted for their attractive flowers.
They can be can be over 4 feet tall with 4 to 6 petals on each flower and bloom from spring into early summer.
Poppies symbolize peace and sleep because of the sedative effect of the opium and because of they are still used as a symbol of remembrance for the dead soldiers.
Jasmine is a true spring flower known for its sweet and soothing fragrance. Jasmine produces a bell-shaped flower in shades of white and yellow. In some cases, they come in a reddish hue.
Jasmines are usually cultivated for the fragrance of their flowers.They mostly thrive in tropical and warm areas and the flowers come in clusters or singles. Jasmine flowers are often consumed as a tea in China, aptly called ‘Jasmine Tea’.
Countries like the Philippines, Thailand, Hawaii, Pakistan, Syria, Indonesia use the Jasmine as their national symbol.
In the language of flowers, white Jasmine symbolizes sweet love.
Peonies are popular for their large fragrant flowers, ranging from purple and red, to yellow and white colors.
These lovely flowers bloom in late spring and early summer.
Interestingly, Peony flowers close at night or when the sky is dark. A great thing about Peonies is that stemmed flowers can last more than a week making them great cut flowers for any home or office vase. These beauties are great for brightening one’s garden in Spring!
In the language of flowers, Peonies symbolize a happy life.
Azaleas are beautiful flowers that bloom in Spring and are also a favorite in Southern gardens.
They are suitable to plant in almost any area that can be at least partially shaded.
Azaleas require only a small amount of fertilizer and their blooms last for several weeks.They thrive in well-drained acidic soil and in shaded areas.
Although Azaleas are beautiful, caution is necessary because they are highly toxic.
Hyacinth is known for its intense fragrance and comes in different vibrant colors like indigo (which is the most common color) blue, red, orange, pink, yellow, magenta and white.
Hyacinth requires indirect sunlight and should be watered moderately. As with Azaleas caution is advised when handling these beautiful plants. Wearing protective gloves when handling hyacinth bulbs is recommended as they can cause mild skin irritation.
The name of this plant originated in Greece. In Greek Mythology hero Hyacinth was associated with death, rebirth and spring.
In the language of flowers, Hyacinth symbolizes playfulness and rashness as in games and sport.
Another fragrant flower, lilies are bell-shaped with large lovely petals, in shades of yellow, pink, purple, orange, red and white.
They range in height from 2–6 ft. Lilies thrive in temperate and subtropical areas and most of them thrive in acidic or neutral soil. These spring beauties prefer direct sunlight and each bloom can last for 2 or more weeks.
Primroses are another symbol of Spring and are widely used to add colour in the landscape gardens. These pretty flowers come in shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, cream and white.
They are easy to grow and thrive in well-drained soil, damp soil and in semi-shade areas.
Primrose blooms in early Spring and lasts until Fall.
Ranunculus is known for its bright yellow flowers but they also come in shades of white, as they pink, orange and red.
The Buttercup species are abundant in Spring and also appear in Summer
These lovely flowers are known for their medicinal uses and have historically been used to treat fever and rheumatism. Gloves are also required when handling these as they can cause mild irritation to the skin.
14. Cherry Blossoms
The cherry blossom, also known as Sakura, originated from Japan and the cherry blossom is actually considered the national flower of Japan.
The blossoming of these flowers is a sure sign that Spring has arrived.
They thrive best in temperate areas. Cherry blossoms are mainly cultivated for ornamental use and some, but not all, bear fruit.
What’s your favorite Spring flower? Leave your thoughts and opinions below.
About the Author:
Rachel Waglison is a contributing author to the website How Does Your Garden Mow which offers gardening related content pieces and in-depth reviews of the latest lawn mowers to hit the market. She loves the Spring season, Nature and enjoys spending time in their flourishing garden.
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