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23 Spring Flowers for Your Garden


Help your garden to bloom spectacularly this springtime.   Spring flowers are a breath-taking sight.  Filling us with renewed hopes and dreams for the months ahead.  As the weather gets warmer, the bright colors fill our hearts.  After a long cold winter, it is about time to get outdoors and enjoy the garden again!   Finding what seasonal flowers are best to decorate your garden can be arduous.  If we don’t know the specific name or variety that we want.    We have prepared this guide for you, so that you can easily plan your spring garden with luxurious flowers.

Take a seat on your new garden bench, put your feet up and enjoy!

  1. Pansy

Pansies are petite, delicate five petal flowers.  They bloom alongside the spring bulbs.  Subtle hues of yellow, violet and white blend together: as though created by a watercolour artist.  Pansies are edible and easy to grow, making them a great choice for your spring garden.  Add a pop of colour with a container filled with pansies to your outdoor seating area.  Make sure to allow your pansies to have enough sunlight.

Name: Magnoliopsida / Pansy

Optimal Growing Conditions:  Moist Soil, moderate sunlight

Size: 9 inches


  1. Yellow Trillium

Trillium is a mid to late spring bloomer (emerging late March/ early April) that has a subtle scent of lemon oil.  This silvery-green three petal flower is a fairly robust and large flower that can grow to 14 inches.  Trillium loves the shade due to its ancestral roots in the woodlands and scrub.  Due to the subtle nature of the yellow trillium it lends well to natural style planting. Trillium is best planted and left to establish over a number of years.

Name: Trilium Luteum / Wake robin

Optimal Growing Conditions:  Partial Shade to Full Shade, Medium Moisture

Size: 12 inches


  1. Hellebore

The versatile Helleborus is a late winter/ early spring bloomer with exceptional vigor.   Hellebore comes in a spectacular array of colors.  Evergreen in winter and perennial.  These will continue to blossom for a number of years. As part of your planting strategy why not plant hellebores on the brow of a hill and enjoy their downward facing blooms.  Better still; place a banana bench at the bottom of the hill to enjoy your hellebore drifts.

Name: Helleborus / Hybrid Lenten rose

Optimal Growing Conditions: Partial shade, well-draining soil

Size:  18-24 inches

Color: Velvety crimson, deep maroon, lavander pink, soft pink, apple green, raspberry mauve, bright yellow,  blush white, white speckled with burgundy, near black


  1. Snowdrop Anemone

If you want a flower that will spread easily for you, then choose the ever familiar Snowdrop Anemone.  Snowdrop is a fragrant white petal perennial, great for planting with Narcissus or Tulips.  Leave her plenty of space to grow and travel.  Her delicate petals and nodding head make her stand out.  Bringing a bright white sparkle to any spring garden.

Name: Anemone Nemorosa

Optimal Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 12-18 inches

Color: White


  1. Redbud

If you have a large garden, why not line your driveway with Redbud Trees?  A veritable feast for the eyes, enjoyed by many during a springtime picnic. The petals fall from the tree like confetti making them a hit with children.  A wonderful addition to picnic area, place a few Rosebud trees around a picnic bench or seating area.  Children adore climbing up the trees and shaking the petals.

Name: Cercis canadensis/ Cherry Blossom Tree

Optimal Growing Conditions:  Sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 30 feet tall and wide

Color: Pastel Pink


  1. Lilac

Lilac flowers announce that the spring has arrived with their magnificent purple bloom.  Lilac is strongly associated with Easter and has a distinctive perfume-like fragrance and blooms on shrubs and trees.   Lilac is a common choice for country gardens.  They come in many colors and varieties.  From the Dwarf Korean lilac that is perfect for suburban gardens to the Icy Lavender flower panicles of Miss Kim.  There is a variety of lilac for every garden.   Welcome butterflies and humming birds to your garden with your lilac flowers.  Enjoy a beautiful sunny spring day sitting out on your garden bench with the butterflies and enjoying the display.

Name: Syringa vulgaris / lilac

Optimal Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil

Size: To 20 feet tall and wide


  1. ‘Acoma’ Iris

The Iris is a beautiful addition to any garden.  Creating a wonderful show toward the end of the season.  These spring flowers come in every hue and can spotted by their delightful ruffled petals.  A perennial plant with long erect flowering stems with petals that fan out before drooping downwards. Iris do well in flowerbeds with room to breathe.  Try placing your garden bench at the end of some stepping stones in the flower bed to immerse yourself in the spring flowers. Name: Iris ‘Acoma’

Name: ‘Acoma’ Iris

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 34 inches tall and 12 inches wide

Color: Violet


  1. Grape Hyacinth

The Grape Hyacinth wakes and peeps from beneath the soil.   Then you know that spring has sprung.  Hyacinth mirrors the blue sky’s and announces that winter has well and truly ended.  Providing a gorgeous splash of color to any flower bed.  A versatile and undemanding plant with no need for special care.  Hyacinth can also be grown in containers.  Try placing flower containers around your garden seats.  Perhaps a nice blue ceramic pot filled with hyacinth between his and her banana seats would be lovely.

Name: Muscari Armeniacum

Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide

Color: Blue


  1. ‘Harmony’ Iris

Bursting onto the scene in late winter / early spring the Harmony Iris flowers resemble butterflies flying low to the ground.  Also known as Dwarf Iris, this eye catching flower is native to Turkey, the Dwarf Iris is easily spotted due to its violet blue flowers with bright yellow markings.  In addition to the blue dwarf Iris, there is a deliciously  creamy dwarf iris.  Plant the bulbs in a flower bed or container and take advantage of the bright mornings by sitting on your garden bench and looking at your delightful flowers.

Name: Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 6 inches

Color: Blue, white and yellow


  1. Crocus’Grand Maitre’

Admire the delicate petals of the Crocus flowers who make an appearance in handsome colonies.  These charming flowers have a luminous effect in the early morning light.  Have your breakfast cuppa out in the garden seating perhaps use add a lovely garden coffee table and enjoy the silvery glow or your crocus.  These gorgeous deep purple flowers are marvelously contrasted with yellow/ orange stamens for a dramatic effect.

Name: Crocus ‘Grand Maitre’

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 6 inches tall and wide

Color: Deep Purple


  1. Daffodil

Rejoice that spring has arrived with the sight of the daffodil’s golden trumpets. Daffodils are a great companion of the tulip.  Did you know that there are twelve groups of daffodils?  The first division of daffodils is the commonly known Trumpet Daffodils.  However there are anther 11 divisions with groups of daffodils falling into a variety of shapes and sizes.  Daffodils can be placed in containers on your decking to bring some brightness while you sit out in your garden.

Name: Narcissus / Daffodil

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 1 foot tall and wide

Color: Golden Yellow/ Cream


  1. Tulip

Pick your favourite colour and there will be a tulip to match. The tulip is an early spring bloomer and one of the most popular bulbs of the season.  These solitary bowl shaped petals, come in over three thousand varieties. These include Parrot Tulips with whimsical feathery shaped petal.   And Fringed Tulips, which are described as mutants, but they have their own group in the tulip family.

Name: Tulipa / Tulip

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: 2 feet

Color: Mixed


  1. Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite is a feature of the woodland floor in springtime.  The innocent first flower of spring brings some much needed splashes of color.  Often thought of as a wild flower, the beautiful golden goblets have 6 petals and a collar of deep green leaves.    They thrive when they are planted under trees.  If you are planting winter aconite, make sure to prime the soil with lots of well-rotted compost or manure.  For a fun natural woodland setting, place outdoor seating under trees and wild flowers underfoot.

Name: Eranthis cilicica / Winter Aconite

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Size: To 3 inches tall and wide

Color: Yellow


  1. Puschkinia

Puschkinia, also known as the Russian Snowdrop is a versatile early spring bloomer. She makes a beautiful companion to a crocus with her intriguing star shaped flowers.  A semi wild flower, she thrives in drifts and could be used as part of a natural garden setting.  Create a beautiful rock garden with wild flowers and a water feature with a unique seating area where you can enjoy the flowers.


Name: Puschkinia scilloides / Striped Squills

Growing conditions: Sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 8 inches

Color: White


  1. ‘Miniature Snowflake’ Mock Orange

Simply divine pure white Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange is deceptively resilient.  Easy to grow and hardy.  The Miniature Snowflake Mock Orange blooms in late spring.  The flowers have an extremely strong fragrance that attracts butterflies.  Plant the bushes in a sunny area where you can sit on your garden bench (why not place a beautiful oxford teak bench in that position and enjoy the sun and the fragrance.

Name: Philadelphus ‘Miniature Snowflake’

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 3 feet tall

Color: White


  1. Bluestar

Bluestar is easily recognizable with its soft, blue star-shaped flowers.  The true blue flowers bloom in clusters putting on a show for many weeks.  Bluestar is a versatile plant and great to work around any other plant in your garden landscape.  Requiring very little maintenance they are a great flower to add into your display.

Name: Amsonia hubrictii

Growing conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 3 feet tall

Color: Pale Blue


  1. Summer Snowflake

You will find the definitive snowflake flowers blooming naturally in wet meadows.  Despite their name they put on their flowers in late spring.  Their gently drooping flower heads are wider than snowdrops.  At the top of the stem you will find two or three drooping stalks at the top. At the end of the six white petals are distinctive lime green markings.  Easy to plant and take care of, enjoy snowflake flowers in your garden as part of your landscaping plans.

Name: Leucojum aestivum / Snowflake

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

Color: White, lime green


  1. Oakleaf Hydrangea

Ensure a unique presence in your garden with the Oakleaf Hydrangea.  Given its name for its oversized leaves.  This dramatic, white-blooming shrub is sure to catch your eye.  With the added benefit of large burgundy leafs in the fall.   The flowers start off white and as they age they start to turn pink, then eventually brown.

Name: Hydrangea quercifolia

Growing conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil

Size: 6 feet

Color: White


  1. ‘Pink Discovery’ Azalea

Brilliant dazzling ‘Pink Discovery’ Azalea are perfect for lining paths and borders.  Be sure to have your garden seating arrangements in place for the short lived glamorous disply of the Azalea.

Name: Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanensis ‘Pink Discovery’

Growing conditions: Part shade and moist but well-drained acidic soil

Size: 10 feet

Color: Pink


  1. Double Rock Rose

Extravagant and elegant, the Double Rock Rose is sure to impress.  With candy pink flowers blooming in late spring. Take a little extra time and care with your double rock rose and give them a prune after flowering and they will put on a second show in late summer.  Don’t be fooled, these pretty little roses are very hardy, drought tolerant and need next to no maintenance.

Name: Helianthemum ‘Annabel’ / Double Rock Rose

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 1 foot tall

Color: Pink


  1. Scilla

Scilla are petite spring flowers perfect for semi-wild gardens.  The brightly colored dainty flowers cover the forest floor like a carpet as soon as spring arrives.  Dwarf varieties of Scilla can be laid in your lawn adding dashes of blue to your green lawn.  Mix with other semi-wild garden flowers like the Puschkinia to create a wonderful flush where you can place some outdoor seating and enjoy the show.

Name: Scilla (Scilla spp.)

Optimal Growing Conditions: full sun or dappled shade/well-drained soil

Size:  12 inches

Color: Brilliant Blue


  1. Primrose

Primroses (Primula spp.) come in all of the colors of the rainbow.  One of the first flowers to make an appearance in spring.  Particularly beautiful as part of a rock garden or they can be placed on your decking or garden seating area to add some vibrant color.

Name: Primroses /Primula

Optimal Growing Conditions: partial shade, well-drained, moist, fertile soil

Size:  12 inches

Color: Mixed


  1. Peonies

You will have to be patient to enjoy the beautiful peonies.  These majestic show stoppers take their time to bloom and do so in the latter part of spring.    You will delight in the balls of bloom that burst on to the scene when the timing is just right.  With large layered satin petals.  A beautiful addition to your borders and cottage garden, invest in some great seating to sit and enjoy your garden this spring.

Name: Peonie / Paeonia

Optimal Growing Conditions: deep, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil, full sun

Size:  10 inches

Color: White, pink, rose, red, purple and yellow

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