We may still be experiencing winter weather, but spring is on the way and we can’t wait! Get excited and inspired with our list of our top early-blooming plants for a vibrant spring garden:
Snowdrops: One of the first signs of spring, these delicate white flowers are both a fragrant and classic addition to your garden. Snowdrops flower from February-April, and are deer-resistant pollinators (great for this area!). Planting in the dormant bulb-state should be done in fall, however you can also plant them after flowering in the spring. They like filtered sunlight, so planting a few inches apart under deciduous trees is a good option. Snowdrops growing wild do well by themselves, but if you have them in a planter be sure to keep the soil lightly moist and well fertilized. (Top tip: these flowers tend to do better once they’re established, so leave them in place for a year or two for best results.)
Helleborus: We LOVE helleborus at D Avenue, and will have lots of beautiful varieties for you this spring (check out our “Plant Varieties” page for a sneak-peek!). Also known as the “lenten rose”, this hardy flower is highly tolerant of cold weather and does best in moist, shady areas where they can get some morning sun.
Flowering Currant: Ribes sanguineum is also known as “blood currant”, even though their flowers are usually a lighter red to pink color. This deciduous shrub can often be found growing wild in the Pacific northwest and typically flowers from February-April. Flowering currant can be easily propagated from cuttings or from seed sown in the fall, and their flowers are magnets for hummingbirds, bees and insects.
Spring-Blooming Clematis: Cold-hardy and easy to grow, early-blooming clematis (Clematis armandii) typically blooms in early spring with a long flowering season. Early-blooming varieties typically have smaller, more delicate flowers than the large-flowered varieties seen in late spring/early summer. As climbers, clematis can be trained up a fence, trellis or wall and provide some color, texture and height to your green space.
Euphorbia: This varied genus has over 2,000 species providing almost endless cultivars in a range of colors, shapes, textures and height! Euphorbias withstand both heat and drought well, so prefer well-drained spots that get plenty of sun. One of the best early-spring Euphorbias are spurges which, like all Euphorbias, do not have flowers but rather colorful modified leaves called bracts. Spurges are a great in borders, as ground cover, or to add a splash of color and texture to rock and ornamental gardens.
Poppies: If you want a flower that will bloom and then return to dormancy, why not pick up some poppies? These spring bulbs provide a vibrant splash of color in early spring, but will then politely move aside to let other plants and flowers have center stage in your garden. The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) can often be seen growing wild, and though many color varieties available orange is the most common.