Spring is often called the season of new beginnings. Buds grow on denuded trees, animals come out to frolic in the sun and smell the sweet air, and the Earth becomes alive with the sounds of birds and the resplendent colors of flowers in various stages of bloom. Without a doubt, spring is the season of beauty. So, here some of the best spring flowers adding color to your garden.
- Acoma Iris: One of the most popular spring flowers, the tall and slender Iris ‘Acoma’ puts on a magnificent bloom show as the season approaches its close. The flowers may be blue, purple, orange, yellow, pink, maroon, orange-red, white, and even brown. Bees find its sweet aroma very attractive. It likes full sun and well-drained soil. It grows to 34 inches high and 12 inches wide.
- Bloodroot: Prized by Native Americans as a cure-all, bloodroot is believed to help with respiratory problems, digestive problems, and skin ailments. It produces a beautiful and delicate white flower with a yellow center. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil, likes shade and in a woodland garden. It grows to 6 inches high and 12 inches wide.
- Daffodil: The trumpet-like shape and the bright colors of daffodil, or trumpet narcissus as it is also called, is nature’s way of announcing the spring season is in full swing. The flower has six bright yellow, white or blue petals with a yellow, white or orange trumpet. It needs full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. It grows to 1 foot tall.
- Grand Maitre Crocus: One of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, the Grand Maitre crocus has six luminous lavender-violet petals with an orange stigma. Once established, it multiplies and flowers every spring. Its beautiful flower is great for edging. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It grows to 6 inches tall.
- Grape Hyacinth: This beautiful bulb flower can be said to be a harbinger of spring. The purple, pink, yellow, orange, pale blue or light blue bulbs that hang from the stalks like bundles of grapes are great for giving your garden a luscious appearance. It requires well-drained soil and can grow well in both full sun and partial shade. It grows to 8 inches high and 6 inches wide.
- Harmony Iris: This early spring bloomer has lively royal blue flowers beautifully topped with a white-rimmed gold crest. It has a slender grass-like foliage with gray-green leaves. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil and likes full sun. It grows to 6 inches tall.
- Hellebore: Also called Christmas rose or Lenten rose, this spring beauty blossoms with beautiful shades of pink, white, purple, red, and green. Its ability to tolerate frosts makes it one of the best flowers to plant in early spring. It likes moist, well-drained soil, and shade. It grows to 12 inches high and 18 inches wide.
- Lilac: This spring beauty with is mauve, purple, blue, white, pink, red, and yellow flowers is not only beautiful to look at, it also releases a sweet fragrance that makes one feel glad to be alive. Lilac comes in a wide variety shapes and sizes -- from small shrubs to small trees. It needs well-drained soil and full sun to thrive. The bigger varieties grow to a height of 20 feet.
- Pansy: A cool weather plant, pansy is of the best flowers to plant in fall and spring. It comes in a wide range of colors and is excellent for containers, as well as for borders and ground cover. It needs moist, well-drained soil and likes either sun or part shade. It grows to 10 inches high and 12 inches wide.
- Redbud: Also called Judas tree, redbud is a small deciduous tree native to the eastern United States. It puts on a stunning bloom show with its pea-like rosy-purple flowers in early spring before the foliage emerges, which makes it perfect for adding colors to your garden. It needs moist, well-drained soil to thrive and also likes shade. It grows to a height of 30 feet.
- Snowdrop Anemone: Also known as snowdrop or wildflower, snowdrop anemone is a perennial beauty whose delicate white flowers sway with the cool and soft breeze of spring. This fragrant and festive flower is excellent for rock gardens. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil and likes shade. It grows to 6 inches high and 12 inches wide.
- Tulip: One of the most beautiful and cheerful flowers, the tulip is truly the best spring flower to add colors to your garden. It blooms in a variety of colors that include black, white, lilac, lavender, purple, yellow, pink, light pink, blue, light blue, orange, green, and burgundy. There are so many varieties of tulip it is said there is a tulip for every gardener. It needs full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. The smaller species grow to 4 inches tall while the bigger ones grow to 2 feet tall.
- Yellow Trillium: A true spring plant, Yellow Trillium’s marbled leaves and delicate yellow-white blooms are great for adding variety to your garden. It looks best when paired with other shade-lovers in a woodland garden. It requires moist, well-drained soil to thrive and likes shade. It grows to 16 inches high and 12 inches wide.
- Winter Aconite: This short-lived flower is a true spring flower as it blossoms in early spring and dies once the warm days of summer being to creep in. Occurring mostly in yellow, but also in white and purple, this ground-hugging flower ideal for a woodland garden. It needs full sun and moist, well-dried soil to thrive. It grows to 3 inches tall.
- Puschkinia: One of the easiest flower to grow, puschkinia multiplies quickly and covers the ground like a carpet. Its bulbous flower has white petals with a blue blush that appears like a stripe running down the middle of each petal. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil and in the sun or partial shade. It grows to 8 inches high and 6 inches wide.
These are not the only spring flowers to add colors to your garden. There are many other flowers that are just as beautiful, such as a blue star, miniature snowflake, summer snowflake, oakleaf hydrangea, azalea, and rock rose. All these flowers can become the major attractions of your garden.