Though people in the more beleaguered parts of the country might not believe it, spring is just around the corner, and the spring flowers will soon be blooming if they’re not already. That’s the good news. The bad news is that folks who are interested in seeing flowers bloom in their gardens this spring should have started them weeks ago or even in the autumn. Now perhaps, is the time to start the summer flowers! But here’s a list of some of the most popular flowers for spring:
In some parts of the country these flowers are already blooming despite the snow and the cold. These beautiful flowers, of which there are hundreds of varieties, need to be planted in the fall. They start off as bulbs. They should be planted to twice their own depth in well-drained and fertile soil in a sunny area. Every few years, the plants will need to be lifted up and divided so the flowers can keep coming back.
Despite their delicate looks, iris is a hardy flower. They show up very early in the spring, and their flowers are often wonderfully fragrant. They also start off as bulbs and should be planted in a sunny spot in well-drained soil like the daffodils.
This flower blooms around Easter, which gives it its name. It grows in clumps and has fern-like foliage and big, showy purple flowers. If you boil the flowers, it makes a green dye that folks in England used to stain Easter eggs. Pasque flowers can be cultivated from seed in well-drained soil in full sun. However, they don’t like to be transplanted.
This is another flower that is heedless of the snow that might be on he ground. The color of the flowers can range from white to soft lilac to pink to magenta. It’s not only beautiful and early, but it’s easy to grow in any type of soil. The crocus can tolerate partial shade but prefers full sun.
This is a flower that grows from rhizomes, and like daffodil bulbs they need to be planted the preceding fall. They should be planted in moist, rich soil that’s full of compost and in a place of dappled shade. In the autumn when flowering is done, the plant can be propagated by splitting the rhizomes.
These plants, which also start from bulbs, have nodding, pure white flowers and can also be seen blooming in the snow. They like well-drained but moist and rich soil and dappled shade.
These familiar flowers are not only beautiful but are used in perfumes and are edible. They’re often candied and placed on cakes. They should be grown in partial shade and soil that’s loamy and moist. They also grow very well in pots.