Spring is a beautiful time for the garden landscape and presents gardeners with a wide choice of blooming plants including bulbs, shrubs, perennials and annuals to include in your garden. Here are a few favorites.
Spring Blooming Bulbs
One of the first categories of plants many spring gardeners think of are spring blooming bulbs. These can include very early spring flowers like crocus and snowdrops. Then cheerful yellow daffodils make their appearance. Next comes hyacinth, iris bulbs and tulips, which can add color to the garden throughout the entire spring and well into summer.
Spring Blooming Shrubs
Ornamental shrubs add larger foundations to a garden bed, border, or landscape design. For color early in the season try some spring flowering shrubs in your garden. Some favorites of gardeners and landscapers include the fragrant lilac shrubs, the bright yellow forsythia, or the evergreen azalea shrubs. Whatever shrubs you choose be sure to check nursery labels or catalog descriptions for exact bloom times.
The bulk of landscaping plants added to gardens are either annuals or perennials. Annuals are plants that grow, flower, seed, and die within the same growing season. Spring blooming annuals include snapdragons, violas, petunias, and impatiens.
Perennials That Bloom in Spring
Gardeners will have a wide variety of plants to choose from for spring color. Perennial plants live for more than a single growing season, sometimes becoming dormant in the winter months only to reappear each spring. For perennial color in the spring weeks try columbine, heuchera, primrose, or dicentra.
Using Spring Plants in Containers
Spring blooming plants often look good in containers, porch rail boxes, or raised planters. This allows you to enjoy the plants near your home where you will see the beauty each day. For spring container plants try pansies or violas, lobelia, and osteopernum.