Garden Plants for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal, the season when cold weather begins to break and bright flowers emerge. Grown in a wide range of colors, heights, shapes and sizes, spring flowers are a much-needed reprieve from the snow-covered garden. Spring flower blooms light up a front flowerbed and when tucked within a border or lining a front walkway, create a showy display that is a warm welcome.

Tulip

The tulip is an attractive spring-blooming plant with showy flowerheads. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and in upright clumps, Carnaval de Nice tulips (Tulipa 'Carnaval de Nice') have feathered petals in white and deep burgundy. The gray to green foliage grows 16 to 20 inches tall to hold the festive blooms. The peony-like flowerheads open to a double flower that makes a breath-taking fresh cut arrangement. Tulips require full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil to thrive. Plant Carnavel De Nice tulips in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones 3 to 7.

Blue Phlox

Blue phlox (Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume') is a spring-blooming perennial flower with fragrant, five-petaled blooms. Spreading 6 to 12 inches tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, blue phlox has a moderate growth rate and pale blue flowers. The mat-forming blooms cover the plant en masse to produce a carpet of color. Ideal as a groundcover draped over a rock wall or planted within containers, blue phlox is a winged wildlife attractant to bring in butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The deep-green foliage on blue phlox is semi-evergreen with hairs running around each leaf. Blue phlox requires part shade and well-drained, moist soil that is nutrient-rich. Plant in USDA zones 4 to 8.

Baby Moon Daffodil

Baby moon daffodil (Narcissus 'Baby Moon') is a spring bulb that produces low-growing fragrant blooms. Growing only 6 to 12 inches tall and wide, baby moon have sweet-smelling tiny blooms that are golden yellow. Growing in upright clumps, the flowerheads sit atop the narrow, dark green stems that hold the reed-like foliage. The most fragrant of all daffodils, baby moon are an ideal spring flower to plant along the front of a bed for border for their low-growing height. Deer- and frost-tolerant, they withstand summer heat and have a moderate growth rate. Baby moon daffodils require full sun to part shade and well-drained soil with a medium amount of moisture. Plant in USDA zones 4 to 9.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in Travels.com and GardenGuides.com and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and Forbes.com.