Plants that flower in the spring are a true pleasure to have in the garden, announcing early on that the season is beginning to change. A number of flowering plants will produce lovely flowers in the spring, often continuing their bloom period on throughout the summer.
The shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) is a perennial member of the aster family that is commonly grown as a container or border plant. The spring-blooming flower has a bushy habit, with thick green foliage and clusters of cheery yellow and white daisy flowers. Largely pest free and easy to grow, shasta daisies are a common sight in gardens throughout USDA zones 5B to 9A. The plant will grow in full sun or partial shade, and it isn't overly particular about soil, as long as it's well draining. Shasta daisy should be watered as needed: more in the summer, less in the winter. The stiff stalks of the plant make shasta daisies excellent as cut flowers for fresh bouquets.
Big periwinkle (Vinca major), also called bigleaf periwinkle, is a lush herbaceous perennial that boasts dense blue-green foliage accented by silky true blue flowers that appear in the spring. Big periwinkle is best suited to cultivation in USDA zones 7A to 9A. Commonly used for borders, erosion control and as a specimen plant, the hardy plant is tolerant of a range of soil types, from neutral to acidic and alkaline. For best results, use a well-draining soil and water frequently (enough to keep the soil consistently moist to the touch). Big periwinkle will grow in almost complete shade, making it ideal for a dark corner of the garden that needs a touch of spring color.
A native of the southeastern United States, trumpet flower (Bignonia capreolata), also sometimes called cross vine, is an evergreen vine that sports attractive green leaves and large tubular blooms, which are generally either orange or a rich pink. The plant is easy to grow in USDA zones 6 to 9. The plant does best in filtered sunlight or partial sun and will grow up a tall tree or trellis. The plant is fairly drought tolerant once established and won't usually require supplemental watering. Trumpet flower is excellent for wildlife gardens, as it will often attract hummingbirds to its flowers.