Spring flowers decorate the post-winter landscape with brightly colored blooms. These flowers include perennials and bulbs that wait in the soil all winter for it to start warming so they can grow and bloom. Their sudden emergence from the soil is a sure sign the cold winter is over and a colorful spring is on its way. Plant spring flowers strategically in your garden, or mix these with summer and fall blooms to prolong the show.
Botanically called Pulsatilla vulgaris, the pasque flower is a low lying perennial commonly found in USDA hardiness zone 5. It prefers full sunlight and well drained soils. Cup-like flowers grow atop 10- to 15-inch long stems covered with green leaves that resemble ferns. Blooms vary in color from lavender, purple, white, red and white, and decorate borders and flowerbeds.
Virginia bluebells are clusters of blue trumpet-shaped flowers that grow 1- to 2-foot- long stalks. Botanically called Mertensia virginica, these flowers consist of green, oval leaves that flower in moist woodlands of USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is an early spring flower that comprises of clusters of white, bell shaped blooms atop flower stalks covered with grass-like foliage. These flowers thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7, and prefer moist areas in full sunlight or partial shade.
Botanically called Helleborus orientalis, lenten rose is a spring flower with cup-shaped blooms atop 12- to 18-inch stalks, with green leaves. This perennial flower grows in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9, and prefers shady spots located in moist, well drained soils.
Native to South Africa, these spring flowers are also called African blue lily, lily of the Nile and African lily. This perennial flower comprises funnel-shaped clusters of flowers that grow on top of a thick, 3- to 4-foot-long stem. Agapanthus prefers full sunlight and well-drained, fertile soil.
A low growing perennial, moss phlox (Phlox subulata) has lavender, red, violet, white and pink blooms surrounded by deep green, needle-like leaves. Moss phlox prefers a spot with full sunlight or partial shade, with well-draining, moist soil in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9. This late spring flower blooms from April or early May. Snip off terminal ends of branches after flowering period to promote growth.