With the first day of spring having passed, do you want to spruce up your garden this spring, but find the myriad of colored flowers at your local nursery overwhelming? Here is a list of our top five spring flowers that are guaranteed to brighten up your landscape with bursts of bright color and character this spring!
- Azalea Shrubs—The red, pink and white blossoms of the aesthetic Azalea are an irresistible addition to any garden or landscape this spring. Despite the delicate appearance, Azaleas are fairly hardy plants and are easy to grow in most climates. Azaleas are best planted in early spring right before they begin to blossom. This popular perennial shrub will flourish in a variety of soil types, but will require adequate water to thrive. A must have for your traditional southern landscape!
- Camellia— This beautifully elegant evergreen shrub is the state flower of Alabama. Camellia’s flowers are famous for their beauty and are often found in corsages or Mothers Day flower arrangements. The Camellia will add a quaint touch of class to any spring garden. With partial shade and well-drained soils, its flowers will bring you bursts of color for a long time to come. The flower blooms range in color, offering either a white, pink or red variety for weeks at a time.
- Flowering Dogwood—The flowering dogwood tree is known for its showy spring flowers and red fall foliage. This popular landscape tree can reach a height of 20 feet in proper conditions. Its spring blooms tend to be white, but can also be seen in a soft pink color as well. When pollinated, the flowers produce a red berry that is loved by wildlife. Plant the flowering dogwood in an area that has light shade and good drainage for best results.
- Gardenia—A gardening symbol in the Southeast. Gardenias are known and loved for their deliciously fragrant white blooms and heat-loving nature. This flowering shrub will grow from 2-8 feet tall and wide, depending upon the variety. Gardenias prefer an area featuring full sun to light shade and moist, rich, well-drained soil. Water the shrub with a root stimulator for best results. The perennial flowers will come back year after year and bring a wonderful fragrance that cannot be unnoticed when you walk by.
- Japanese Magnolia—The Japanese Magnolia is the perfect way to wave goodbye to the winter season. Its prized display of large, showy pink flowers make for a beautiful ornamental addition to any garden or landscape. This magnolia is a low-maintenance tree and thrives in fertile, well-drained soil and either full sun or part shade. When planting a Japanese Magnolia, be sure to leave ample room for the tree to stretch its branches out as it grows.
Any one of these flowering spring plants can bring you joy, an array of colors, and beautiful flowers at the arrival of spring. They are perfect for floral arrangements, bouquets, or cut flowers for any occasion. Use these perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall as foundation plantings or shrub borders to give a pop of color!
Be sure to check your USDA growing zone before planting to assure it can grow in your area. These are early spring flowers that love the southern heat but some can attest to winters cooler temperatures. Most of them are easy to care for with minimal maintenance. Prune to desired shape and size.