After a long cold winter, spring is always a welcome sight. Spring flowering plants are often the first signifier of the change in the season, alerting gardeners to longer and warmer days with their colorful blooms. There are a number of easy-to-maintain plants for the spring that will make the transition from winter especially beautiful.
Blooming from late spring until mid fall, African daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a long blooming perennial that is commonly grown as a container or border plant. African daisy grows best in USDA gardening zones 8 to 11, though it can be grown indoors just about anywhere. Rarely growing above 2 feet tall, African daisy is notable for its blue green foliage and its blooms, which can be yellow, pink, orange or red, depending on the cultivar. The plant grows best in full sun or partial shade, and the plant isn't picky about soil types. The drought tolerant plant should be watered infrequently.
Bridal Wreath Spirea
A member of the rose family, bridal wreath spirea (Spiraea prunifolia), also called popcorn spirea, is a flowering shrub native to Eastern China, Taiwan and Korea that reaches an average height of about 6 feet. The shrub boasts shiny, dark green leaves and tiny white blooms which appear in early spring. The plant grows best in USDA zones 5 to 9, in full sunlight or partial shade. A little shade is necessary in warmer climates. The plant will tolerate most well drained soils, so long as they are kept consistently moist.
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) is an early spring blooming perennial that produces columns of blue or purple bell-shaped flowers. The diminutive plant, which only grows to be between 6 and 12 inches, boasts grass-like foliage and sweetly fragrant flowers. Grape hyacinth is easy to grow in zones 3 to 9. The plant prefers full sunlight and neutral, well-drained soil. Not picky about moisture, grape hyacinth doesn't need to be watered unless spring brings unusually hot days.