As winter's cold layer melts away, spring-blooming flowers peep out of the ground for a warm welcome to the landscape. Spring flowers are offered in a wide range of colors and shapes, each with its own growing requirements. Some spring flowers are low-growing to use for a bright ground cover, while others are tall to create a commanding landscape presence.
Jack Snipe Daffodil
Jack Snipe narcissus (Narcissus 'Jack Snipe'), a variety of daffodil, has a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. The pale white petals on the Jack Snipe daffodil look as if they were swept back by a gust of wind, creating an unexpected shape for a daffodil. The bright yellow trumpet or center of the Jack Snipe daffodil, sticks straight out from the stem and has a frilled edging. Jack Snipe daffodils grow 8 to 10 inches tall and are ideal lining a walkway for a bright burst of color to the garden. Versatile, Jack Snipe daffodils tolerate sun and partial shade, unlike most other daffodil varieties that do best in full sun. Deer- and frost-tolerant, Jack Snipe daffodils require well-drained soil with medium moisture content. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 3 to 8.
Calypso tulips (Tulipa greigii 'Calypso') are striking spring-blooming perennial flowers that grow 6 to 12 inches tall. Their clumping growth habit and vessel-shaped flower is an ideal fresh cut flower for a classic floral bouquet. The large, orange to red flowers are rimmed with a pale sherbet color to create a burst of color to the garden. The variegated foliage on the calypso tulip is multicolored with pale green and purple foliage. Calypso tulips require full sun to part shade and well-drained, fertile soil. The zones for planting are 3 to 8.
Spanish bluebells (Scilla campanulata) are a spring-blooming bulb that produces blue, white and pink flowers. Standing tall, Spanish bluebells grow 10 to 12 inch spires that are lined with bell-shaped flowers, hence the name bluebell. Lasting two to three weeks, Spanish bluebells are ideal for garden edging or as a ground cover. Their clumping growth habit and sturdy, tough stalk makes for a vibrant spring flower. Spanish bluebells grow best in a mixture of sun and shade. Tolerant of summer drought, Spanish bluebells require well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season. The zones for planting are 4 to 8.