Spring is here and one of the best reasons for the season are the gorgeous, blooming flowers! Seeing the first crocus or daffodil break through the partially frozen ground immediately gets me excited and sets the premise that winter is finally behind us. Here are five popular spring flowers that will be sure to add vibrancy to your garden and put you in a cheerful mood!
Blooming daffodils and spring go hand and hand. These beautiful yellow and white perennials are usually grown outside and each bulb lasts about four years. Plant bulbs 3-6 inches deep and 4-5 inches apart from one another. It is best to plant them during the fall from September to November. They need a lot of sun (usually around 6 hours) and plenty of water.
Another beautiful flower that blooms in the spring are tulips. Tulips come in a variety of colors from pinks and reds to whites and yellows. For me, tulips bear some nostalgia as they were flowers that my grandfather grew in his garden when I was a little girl, and I would always end up in trouble for picking them!
Tulips are also a perennial and come up year after year. Bulbs should be planted 6 to 8 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart in the fall before the ground freezes. Tulips love full sun and well-drained soil without excessive moisture. They also don’t do well in windy areas.
Crocuses are probably the first spring flowers that break through the soil after the cold winter months. When I see them, I know spring is right around the corner and warmer weather is on the way. These hardy flowers will come back year after year and will also multiply. They come in a variety of colors such as purple, white, lavender, blue, yellow and even orange. Crocuses can be planted in clusters or a few inches apart and should be planted 3 to 4 inches deep in the fall before the ground freezes. They like well-drained soil and partial to full sun areas.
Hyacinths are fragrant perennials that can bloom colors such as red, purple, blue or pink. They do best in full sun but can also survive in partial sun. The soil should be moist but not saturated and well-drained. Bulbs are planted in the fall before the ground freezes. They should be planted about 4 inches deep and 3 to 4 inches apart.
Pansies are planted in the cool spring or fall and enjoy the morning sun but can’t be under harsh afternoon sun, so choose your planting area wisely. Space them 7 to 12 inches apart because they will spread about 9 to 12 inches. It is better if you start them from seed, which you should do indoors during the winter months so they are ready to plant by spring. Pansies love well drained soil and also can be thrive in containers. Their colors are vibrant and can be bi-colored (which are my favorite). The range of colors are purple, red, white, yellow, gold, violet and a dark purple.
What are your favorite spring flowers? Let me know in the comments below!