Top 10 Hardy Spring Flowering Plants
If you plan to plant flowers for spring, check out these top choices. From early-flowering perennials to spring-flowering shrubs, there are suitable plants for all areas of your garden from March to May. Include some spring flowers, and you’ll get a fantastic display that will be there every year.
You can choose from myriad spring flowering plants; however, if you require some inspiration, check out my top 10 choices of hardy plants that bloom in the spring.
The white, frosty blossom from Amelanchier lamarkii is seen in mid-spring along with bronze-tinted young foliage. Amelanchier has its most beautiful in spring, but it deserves an enviable spot due to its yearly performance. This beautiful deciduous tree has gentle arching branches, creating stunning dappled summer shade. The fall foliage is attractive in the shadows of burnt orange and rust. This sturdy species is a perfect specimen tree for medium and small gardens. It offers plenty of interest, but without becoming a nuisance.
A must-have perennial to plant in a shaded border! The heart-shaped, silvery foliage of Brunnera is covered in an ethereal sheen that shines. Although it’s mainly cultivated for its leaves, the plant has beautiful blue sky flowers that create a stunning display from April through May. It is surprisingly tough and makes an excellent ground cover ideal for brightening a dark corner. It’s hard to understand why Brunnera isn’t widely cultivated since this robust perennial has everything.
This robust climber is a traditional cottage garden. Clematis Montana “Mayleen” can be seen cascading over fences and walls with the spring, bursting with blooms every spring. In May, the abundant pink flowers, usually bronze-colored, cover the foliage when young. Growing up to a height of 10m (33′), this is not the best climber for tiny spaces. But make it a habit to climb through the tree’s canopy, and you’ll be awestruck! Even better, a ‘Group’ 1 Clematis needs only minimal pruning.
Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Dicentra spectablis)
Always a childhood favorite for me – Lamprocapnos spectabilis is quite intriguing. The heart-shaped, rose-pink flowers hang enchantingly from graceful curving stems, earning this plant the common Bleeding Heart designation. The leaves are finely sliced into neat, pleasing clusters, slowly fading after flowering, leaving room for larger, more vigorous perennials. Known initially as Dicentra, this lovely plant makes a stunning focal point in spring borders and can thrive in regularly moist and light shades.
Aubrieta can be described as one of the plants that go under the radar most of the year. However, between March and May, it is a real punch! The dense mats of semi-evergreen leaves bloomed, attracting pollinating insects. Aubrieta is a hassle-free perennial that enjoys cascading down an opening in the wall and carpeting rockeries. It is a great plant to grow in semi-shade or sun in virtually any soil that is well drained, even windy or exposed sites.
Erica darleyensis (Heather)
The Heathers have largely fallen out of popularity over the past few years, as they were ‘overdone in the 70s. This is a pity as they are an excellent addition to the garden during the springtime. These small evergreens can be sturdy like old boots and endure the rigors of British weather with remarkable perseverance, usually blooming throughout winter and into spring. Though some of them require acidic soil type, they are many that can withstand the ericaceous conditions, like Erica darleyensis. Heathers are great for winter containers and rockeries or in vast swathes of land, carpeting beds, and exposed banks.
Euphorbia amygdaloides “Ruby glow.”
I’m a massive lover of Euphorbia. This one is genuinely a show-off in the spring. The green, chartreuse flowers grow on red beetroot stems on a round mound of red-orange foliage. This vibrant perennial enjoys humid soil and a sunny location where the colors peak. As winter draws near, the evergreen vegetation is almost black, contrasting nicely with the fresh, red spring shoots. If space is available for the plant to self-seed, it will create dense swathes of foliage across borders. If Euphorbia’s “Ruby Glow” does not make you smile, look at different species, as Euphorbia is very diverse!
Forsythia is mostly insignificant; its upright stems are covered with simple green leaves that permit it to blend in with the background. But in March and April, the deciduous plant shines with vibrant golden-yellow flowers that blanket the stems in their nakedness. They are tough and durable, and these robust plants can be found virtually everywhere unless in humid, poorly drained, or wet conditions. Forsythias flower on old wood, so pruning should be carried out right after flowering to give ample time to grow new shoots for the next season’s blooms.
There’s something exquisite about the Magnolias, and the cultivars stellata are among the most reliable varieties, less susceptible to frost damage. The white, spidery flowers emerge from the velvety buds, covering the stems naked in March and diffusing their scent into the crisp spring air. Contrary to other species, Magnolia Stellata is relatively compact and has a slow growth rate, making it suitable to grow in small gardens or even in pots. The first time you plant it, Magnolias usually spend their first two years of establishment destroying the blooms, but they’re worthy of the wait, and a well-groomed Magnolia is something to admire!
The Cherry blossom is among the most awaited signs of spring; in Asia, they celebrate grand celebrations! We usually think of giant Cherry trees covered in pink and white blossoms. However, Prunus “Kojo-nomai” is a compact tree that only reaches 2.5m (8′) at its peak. The stems not covered in leaves are twisting, creating fascinating shapes in winter. In spring, the branches are filled with pink-tinged cherries that fly like confetti flakes on the breeze. The foliage is equally stunning in autumn, transforming into scarlet and crimson. This robust plant has something to suit every time of the year in your yard!