As the winter winds down, the promise of spring awaits behind every plant and underneath the fallen leaves. What better way to chase the gray away than splashes of vibrant early spring flowers? To take advantage of plants that bloom in the early part of the season, research plant blooming times and the colors you wish to enjoy and you will be able to benefit from the beautiful colors, not only in spring, but throughout the year.
Many people think they have to plant tons of perennial and annual flowers to get stunning spring displays, but this is not true. There are a myriad of shrubs and trees that offer a dramatic burst of color to chase the gloom of winter away. Take a look at the top 5 blooming plants for beautiful early spring color.
- Forsythia. This stunning yellow shrub should be in every gardener’s landscape. Try the hardy Lynwood Gold Forsythia and let it grow to enjoy its wild look or trim it into neat blocks. Either way, the color will burst onto the early spring scene to liven up any yard.
- Azalea. Part of the genus Rhododendron, the azalea is a champion bloomer known for its vibrant blooms and hardiness. Dubbed by many gardeners as “Old Faithful” for its blooming reliability, it’s no wonder that azaleas, such as the Autumn Embers, are seen in gardens across the country.
- Frost Proof Gardenia. The Frost Proof Gardenia is so picturesque you will not be able to stop yourself from taking pictures of it against any background. Old gardenias are insect prone and finicky, and the occasional late frost comes and wipes out your blooms for the whole season. New Frost Proof Gardenias are unaffected by cold snaps and thrive on neglect. They adapt to a variety of soil conditions, do great in full sun or partial shade, and resist insects and disease. Even deer leave them alone.
- Peach Tree. Enjoy showy peach blossoms in the spring and delicious fruits afterwards, with trees such as the Dwarf Elberta Peach Tree. Dainty pink flowers are the harbingers of spring and yield plenty of fruit for making jam or enjoying straight off the tree.
- Weeping Cherry. Known for its graceful sweeping branches, the Weeping Cherry is prized as the main attraction in residential neighborhoods. When planting this beauty, make sure to let it stand out by planting a solitary tree in a prominent location. The comments you will get on this tree will roll in as quickly as it blooms.
Whether it is a multipurpose plant, such as a peach tree, or a plant like the azalea that boasts beauty to spare, these five plants are sure to please the senses and drive away the doldrums of winter.