The appearance of flowers is often considered to be a harbinger of spring. The tiny blossoms predict longer days filled with warm sunshine and mild nights. Plants wake up after their long dormancy, and greenery appears followed by happy blossoms.
A wide variety of spring flowers exist, offering blossoms that often make ideal cut flowers. Many are hardy in the event of a harsh spring thaw.
Very few plants are as widely regarded as a symbol of spring as the tulip. The plant grows from a large bulb and is extremely cold hardy. Each spring the tulip blooms with a wide variety of shapes and colors depending on the variety.
Choose from hundreds of tulip cultivars. Many are double blooms, single blooms, frilled blossoms and a few are even striped in color. Plant tulips in flowerbeds or naturalized in a grass setting. Tulips require a cold period each year of approximately 15 to 23 weeks, depending on the variety, before blooming.
The Anemone Sylvestris, often called the Anemone Windflower, grows approximately two feet tall with flowers that measure two inches across. The plant prefers cool weather conditions. They flourish in shady locations. The plant can prove mildly invasive in the ideal growing conditions.
Rock gardens are a popular planting spot for Anemone Sylvestris. The plants can also be naturalized in a grass setting with ease. It is a perennial plant that multiplies easily through the years.
The freesia produces blossoms in yellow, orange, red and purple. The blossoms are either single or double and many offer a strong sweet fragrance. The plants are grown from small bulbs. The freesia is quite easy to grow and can be grown successfully in containers indoors for spring color. Freesia flowers are common in red, lavender and white.
The zinnia comes in tall varieties and dwarf varieties to fit any garden area. Tall varieties must often be staked to support the blossoms successfully. The flowers are available in a wide range of colors from brilliant red to a soft peach or white. The plants can survive in moist soil conditions or moderate drought. Many blossoms are double and frilly. Others appear daisy-like. Zinnias are a wonderful springtime to early summer flowering annual.