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12 Spring Flowers for Your Garden

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Published on Mar 12, 2016

Pansy
Cool weather is just what pansy prefers. It's an annual that gardeners flock to because it's one of the best flowers to plant in spring for early-season containers and window boxes, relishing the variety in petal color as much as the cheery uplifted blooms.
Yellow Trillium
Yellow trillium is a true spring plant: Once its flowers die back at the season's end in June, the foliage recedes, too. Even so, its marbled leaves and delicate yellow-white blooms are a welcome sight in April. Spring flower tip: In a woodland garden, pair it with other shade-lovers. Growing conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soi Size: To 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Hellebore
Also known as a Lenten rose or Christmasrose, hellebores produce spring flowers of delicate beauty and surprising resilience. In warmer climates, it may even tolerate light frosts, making it one of the best flowers to plant in spring. For unusual flowers, ask at your nursery about double-bloom varieties. Growing conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil. Size: To 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide
Bloodroot
This herbaceous spring perennial flower makes its appearance in March, shooting up white flowers that last until late spring. It's one of the best flowers to plant in spring and a good fit for either a shaded or woodlandgarden. Growing conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil. Size: To 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Snowdrop Anemone
Fragrant and festive, the bright clusters of snowdrop anemone work well even in a springgarden that's slightly shaded. Bonus: Once the cooler temperatures of fall arrive, the plant may put on a second bloom show in the garden. Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Size: To 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Redbud
Flowers get lots of press, but plenty of trees offer springtime feasts for the eyes. One of them is the eastern redbud, a tree that puts on a riotous display of pink beginning in March. Growing conditions: Sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Size: To 30 feet tall and wide
Lilac
There's no sweeter spring fragrance than the blooms of this cottage-garden favorite. Lilac varieties, one of the best flowers to plant in spring, come in all shapes and sizes, from dwarf shrubs to taller trees. Spring flower tip: The lilac blooms on old wood, so hold off on pruning until right after the same year's flowering is finished. Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 20 feet tall and wide
'Acoma' Iris
Pick your favorite color, and there's likely an iris to fill your spring garden need. Most put on their bloom show toward the end of spring, but the plants' tall growth and delectable petal variations make them pretty additions to a variety of garden styles. Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 34 inches tall and 12 inches wide
Grape Hyacinth
As much as any other spring bulbs, hyacinths trumpet the arrival of spring. Clustered flowers hang lusciously from sturdy stalks, resembling bundles of grapes; they are one of the most beautiful and best flowers to plant in spring. Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil. Size: To 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide

'Harmony' Iris
As much a late-winter plant as it is an early-spring bloomer, dwarf wild iris pops with deep, wild purple or blue -- a welcome contrast to many of spring's pastel flowers. Cut a clutch of the iris to put in a vase and take the pleasing fragrance of this early spring flower inside. Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Size: To 6 inches tall and wide
'Grand Maitre' Crocus
Crocuses are one of the best flowers to plant in spring, announcing the departure of winter with lovely pink, purple, yellow, or white petals. Planted from corms, crocuses also range in size from delicate blooms to more showy versions. Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 6 inches tall and wide
Daffodil
If it's spring, it's time for a show of daffodils. The bright, jovial spring flower has a range of shapes and sizes, from trumpet to small- and large-cupped to double. Deer find them less palatable than other spring plants, but the foliage should be left to die back on its own to rejuvenate the plants for the following year. Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 1 foot tall and wide

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