April showers bring May flowers! With milder weather and bursts of golden sunshine, there's never a better time to grab your gardening tools and plant spring flowers in your garden. But be forewarned, not every flower is a spring-bloomer! Be sure to read our handy guide on the best flowers to plant in the spring, before you set out to purchase your goods.
Pansies are a welcome sign of spring! A modest and delightful annual flower, with overlapping petals and a face, the pansy comes in numerous vibrant colors and patterns.
The pansy is often recommended for beginner gardeners for its simplicity and hardiness in colder climates. Although their time is short-lived, fading in the summer heat, gardeners can deadhead pansies for a more extended period of blooms.
Petunias are a popular variety of spring annuals, thriving through the summer sunlight and blooming into the fall. The trumpet-shaped petunia comes in multiple shades of pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. This showy flower makes a lovely addition to any spring or summer garden.
Although delicate and small in size, the Primrose is hardy and adaptable, tolerating colder temperatures quite well. The Primrose can be grown as either a perennials or annual, and is seen in many shades of purple-blue, pink, yellow, white, orange, or red. Because the Primrose grows in lush clusters, they do well as borders in gardening beds, and as lively fillers.
The showy annual Snapdragon is native to parts of China and the US. Its unusual name comes from the pinchable blossoms located on the stalks, that snap open and close like the mouth of dragon. The early-spring bloomer can be found in various hues, aside from the color blue.
A low maintenance tidy bloom, the Nemesia comes in an extraordinary array of colorful hues, the most popular being yellow, orange, brown, pink, red, and lavender-blue. Tender Nemesia perennials are often used as small bedding plants in flower gardens providing spectacular coloring.
Daffodils are often one of the first welcome signs of spring. A daffodil's hardy spring-flowering bulbs can be seen emerging shoots from the soil as soon as sunshine hits. Although this golden beauty is a springtime favorite, you must plant it in the fall before the ground freezes to enjoy any springtime blooms.
Lilacs are easy to maintain and grow shrubs that require full sun, as partial shade will result in fewer blooms. Lilacs shrubs produce impressive fragrant flowers in shades of white, pink, lavender, blue, or dark purple that flourish in the spring.
Cold-hardy perennials, the Lily of the Valley is the perfect flower to plant in your garden early to mid-spring. Dainty, and fragrant, the Lily of the Valley's hanging bell-shaped white flowers is a charming sight as part of any garden decor.
Similar to the sunny Daffodil, the graceful Tulip should be planted in the late fall in cold soil, allowing the bulbs time to chill, which will make way for a bold and cheerful display of Tulips in the mid-spring. Tulips are available in nearly every shade of the rainbow! Tulips will brighten up your spring garden in no time!
Similar to the Lily of the Valley, the Bleeding Heart is a dainty, spring blooming hanging plant. The pendant shaped hearts are colored pink and rose pink with white tips, and hang horizontally from a branch. Bleeding hearts do well in a shaded area rather than in the full sun, as they will wither somewhat quickly in direct sunlight. These beautiful and romantic flowers will make a lovely addition to any garden!
There are various types of Dianthus, making them a popular go-to choice for many gardeners, the most common being Sweet William, Pinks, and Carnations. Dianthus are eye-catching, most commonly seen with white borders, and double petals.Depending on where you live, Dianthus can be either perennial, biennial, or annual. These springtime favorites are also popular amongst gardeners for their deer resist quality.
The Marigold flower as part of Día de Los Muertos will be striking familiar to those that are fans of Disney's Coco on Disney+
The impressive carnation-like pompom Marigold are a low maintenance springtime bloom that attracts an array of desirable insects to your garden, such as butterflies, bees, ladybugs. Marigolds range from yellow, to deep orange and thrive in full sun.
Moonflowers are a unique climbing vining flower that should be planted early in the season once there is no frost, next to a solid structure in full sun. The Moonflower produces large fragrant white or purple blooms that only open dusk till dawn.
Baby's Breath may not be the gardener's go-to for showstopping springtime blooms. But, Baby's Breath does make a gorgeous low maintenance solution for a quick ground cover-up for wilting flowers and or garden filler. Baby's Breath can also become an attractive dried flower for DIY projects.
Aurinia or basket-of-gold is a breathtaking low growing plant of golden-yellow mounds of flowers. Like Baby's Breath, Aurinia's cascading effects do well to cover ground in a garden and stay low maintenance and disease resistant, making it an attractive choice as a springtime flower for your garden.
Rock Cress can be easily grown in the spring after your last expected frost. Rock Cress is typically placed in rock gardens or seen cascading over a rock wall or ledge. Rock Cress are vigorous flowers and thrive in places other plants usually wouldn't. You could plant them in oddly situated slopes in your yard for an added burst of color. Rock Cress comes in delightful vivid displays of pink, purple, blue, or white.