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Goodbye Winter Blues, Hello Spring Blooms

Say goodbye to your winter blues! With sunny days and warm temperatures on the horizon, we can tell that spring is right around the corner. When you see these flowers, you know spring is in full swing. Here’s a list of our favorite tried-and-true spring blooming plants to help celebrate the seasonal transition.

1.) 'Gold Heart' Bleeding Heart

(Dicentra spectabilis)

‘Gold Heart’ Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) puts a twist on the classic look with radiant golden foliage. Arching sprays appear in late spring, decorated with pink and white heart-shaped flowers. The blooms look whimsical as they dangle above the fern-like foliage. Peach stems hold the foliage and flowers to form a lovely, bushy mound.

Bleeding Heart is aptly named for its heart-shaped flowers, but why does it bleed? At the bottom of the heart, the bright pink petals peel back to reveal droplet-shaped inner petals. It quite literally looks like the heart is dripping with more petals!

2.) 'Spot On' Lungwort

(Pulmonaria)

Your shade garden will never have a dull moment with ‘Spot On’ Lungwort (Pulmonaria)! It thrives in the shade and boasts a surprisingly colorful display of flowers in early spring. Salmon pink flower buds open to cobalt blue flowers, signaling the end of winter.

After flowering, slender foliage takes center stage with flashy silver spotting. This eclectic plant is always shining, even in the shade. It grows well in zones 3-8. Try planting it along shaded pathways or in masses as a showy ground cover.

3.) Flying Machine® Forsythia

(Forsythia koreana)

There’s no better way to celebrate spring than with giant forsythia blooms! Flying Machine® Forsythia boasts flowers that are absolutely gigantic – at least twice the size of a regular forsythia. When the flowers fall, they spiral to the ground and create a magical yellow carpet below the plant, freckling the ground (and any bulbs or perennials you have nearby!) with color.

Forsythia aren’t just beautiful harbingers of spring – they’re also super durable landscape plants, readily growing in difficult soils, even clay. Flying Machine® grows well in zones 6-8. Branches can be cut in late winter and forced to bloom indoors to help assuage your winter blues.

4.) Interstella® Lily-Of-The-Valley Shrub

(Pieris japonica)

Interstella® Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub brings out of this world beauty to your garden. It’s a sophisticated, shade-tolerant flowering evergreen that is one of the very first, and longest, shrubs to bloom each spring. Instead of the usual white flowers, Interstella® boasts chains of bell-shaped florets that are deep pink. The best part? It keeps its color year-round with evergreen foliage and pink new growth.

This shade-tolerant, deer resistant, and reliable shrub is a problem solver for gardens in zones 5-8. No pruning is required to keep it happy and tidy. It is rather slow to grow, but trust me, it is more than worth the wait.

5.) Double Take Orange™ Flowering Quince

(Chaenomeles speciosa)

Spring blooms aren’t always soft and delicate. Double Take Orange™ quince features double flowers that measure a whopping 3 1/2″! Its vibrant orange blooms flower all the way up the stems, even to the tip of the branches. Cut the branches as early as January and bring them indoors to help get you through the winter.

Double Take Orange™ is a non-fruiting deciduous quince that blooms on old wood, even before its leave unfold. It’s pleasantly compact, thorn-free, heat tolerant, and long-blooming! It grows well in sunny gardens in zones 5-8.

6.) 'Jack Frost' Siberian Bugloss

(Brunnera macrophylla)

‘Jack Frost’ Siberian Bugloss is not only loved for its instantly recognizable foliage, but for its flowers as well. In spring, delicate sprays of hundreds of bright blue forget-me-not-like flowers bloom above the foliage. They look extra sweet and delicate against the robust foliage.

This perennial is more durable than it looks, making it an excellent fit for beginner gardeners in zones 5-9. It is easily grown in the cool, shaded regions of your garden. While it is deer resistant, make sure to watch for slugs and snails!

7.) Scentara Pura® Lilac

(Syringa x hyacinthiflora)

Color, fragrance, and reliability are what make lilacs such an endearing garden plant, and Scentara Pura® lilac has all three in spades. Look for its big, pure purple flowers to bloom in spring with an irresistible fragrance. It’s the most fragrant lilac on the market!

This Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub is incredibly hardy to cold climates and has a higher heat tolerance than conventional lilacs. Plus, it has better resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew. Grow it in sunny spots in zones 2-8.

8.) Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum

(Viburnum carlesii)

Covered in hundreds of airy white blooms each spring, Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum puts on a lovely display, year after year. Coming in at just a fraction of the size of other viburnum, space-saving Koreanspice makes a great addition to smaller landscapes that have been longing for the plant but had not previously had space for one.

It may not produce berries, but just like other viburnums, Spice Baby™ boasts fall interests as well! The leaves and twigs turn bright red, creating a colorful seasonal display. This durable and deer resistant shrub grows best in zones 4-8.

9.) Mountainside™ 'Crater Lake' Phlox

(Phlox hybrid)

Mountainside™ ‘Crater Lake’ Phlox boasts springtime flowers in heaps and bounds. It blooms weeks earlier than other phloxes! Mountainside™ ‘Crater Lake’ is bursting with indigo blooms come spring. The star-shaped flowers are delightfully fragrant, welcoming pollinators back to the garden after a long winter.

You can count on this low-maintenance perennial to blanket your garden with indigo blooms year after year. In contrast to creeping phlox, this hybrid spreads slowly and is easily controlled in smaller spaces. Plant it in any well-draining soil in zones 4-8.

10.) 'Winterglut' Pigsqueak

(Bergenia cordifolia)

‘Winterglut’ Pigsqueak might be another plant known for its foliage, but it has spectacular springtime flowers as well! Bright pink blooms arise on tall spikes, ushering in spring with clusters of color. It looks especially lovely when planted with other spring bloomers, like Lungwort.

Why does such a pretty plant have an odd name? You can blame the foliage for this one. It earns the common name pigsqueak from the noise made when the leaves rub together!

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Written by: Miranda Niemiec, click here to read bio.

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