After a long winter, most gardeners can't wait to see a little bit of color emerge in their gardens. Planting flowers that bloom in the early spring is a wonderful way to ring in the season, providing telltale signs of longer, warmer days. There are a number of flowers that will produce vibrant flowers as soon as spring is on the horizon.
Considered by many to be the quintessential early spring blooming flower, tulips (Tulipa spp.) are vibrant perennials primarily native to Central Asia. Boasting fleshy, oblong leaves and cup-shaped flowers in a variety of bright colors, the bulbs are a favorite in gardens throughout the world. Tulips can be a little tricky to grow, requiring phosphorus and potassium fertilizer and moist, well-drained soil. Tulips should be grown in full sunlight in cooler climates, with a little shade in warmer regions.
Bridal Wreath Spirea
Elegant and graceful, Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia), also called Popcorn Spirea, is a flowering shrub native to temperate Asia. In the early spring, the wiry shrub bursts into bloom with delicate, crisp white blooms. The shrub makes an excellent border plant, though it also looks beautiful on its own as a garden centerpiece. Bridal Wreath Spirea grows best in moist, well-drained soil, in either full sun or partial shade.
A common sight along roadsides in the American Southwest, desert lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus), also called Coulter's lupine, is a striking desert plant that boasts stalks of purple flowers that bloom in late winter and early spring. The plant is native to the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. A member of the pea family, desert lupine is a hardy annual that will grow well in full sun in soils that are rocky and well drained.