Want perennial flowers that bloom in spring from the moment winter fades? These favourites from my garden provide continuous bloom in spring.
For a printable list, also see Perennial Flower Bloom Times for Every Season.
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Perennial Flowers That Bloom in Spring
As a complete flower fanatic, one main goal for my garden is continuous blooms. I want something in bloom from the moment later winter will allow it until everything fades in late fall. Flowers and more flowers! Perennials. Lots of them, in all different colours, textures, heights, and sizes.
I have shared a printable list of favourite flowers through the seasons here, including hardiness zones so you can pick what’s right for your climate.
Today, we’re looking at examples from my own garden from late winter and spring. This should give you lots of ideas for your garden. They are not fancy or rare: just reliable and beautiful.
I’m using the word ‘perennial’ rather loosely here, meaning any plants, shrubs, or trees, and some bulbs, that bloom year-after-year without me having to do anything but admire them.
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1 White Bleeding Heart | Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ (zones 3 to 9)
You’re probably familiar with pink bleeding hearts. I am in love with this white one. I bought it as a wee thing at a local plant sale several years ago and it just gets better each year. I look forward to the blooms like an excited little kid every spring.
2 Primrose | Primula vulgaris (zones 4 to 8)
This is another plant obsession. There are several types of hardy primroses in all sorts of colours, and I want all of them. I’m in zone 6 and whenever we have a winter melt, the flowers are right there, blooming away!
I’ve also noticed that the plant’s behaviour changes quite a bit between various plants: some stay fairly small, and others really sprawl, growing a lot of new leaves and bigger blooms. I’m fine with both.
3 Royal Star Magnolia | Magnolia stellata ( zones 4 to 9)
I planted this magnolia about five years ago and it’s kind of quirky. The flowers are unusual for magnolias and the whole tree is a bit gangly. I’m pretty sure this is because of my poor quality, sandy soil. I think it’s doing its best, given the growing conditions. As the soil improves, with the addition of compost each year, it seems to improve. No matter, these whimsical white blooms with buttery yellow centers are so pretty.
4 Apple Trees (zones vary)
I have several types of apples trees and each produces slightly different blooms, ranging from white to pink. I love watching as the blooms form, open, and then gradually change into tiny apples over a number of weeks.
If you want a blast of blooms in your spring garden, consider adding some fruit trees.
5 Iris (zones 3 to 8, some to zone 10)
I don’t know the name of this iris but it’s one of the few plants that came with the garden when we bought our house. Like any irises, it multiplies and appreciates dividing every few years. The blooms on this particular iris do not last very long (sometimes only a few days), but, boy oh boy, are they dramatic. Do your homework first and see if you can find some that flower longer.
6 White Daffodils (zones 3 to 8)
You may have noticed a theme here: I love white flowers. I’m not fond of yellow daffodils but these white ones are gorgeous. I don’t have the name but if I locate it, I’ll add it here. Ruffled and creamy-white, they are perfect with the eye-popping colours of the primulas.
7 Crocus (zones 3 to 8)
I think we all grew tired of crocuses years ago, until some new ones started popping up. These ones were planted by the squirrels and I quite like them.
8 Forget Me Nots (zones 3 to 8)
It’s flower, it’s a weed, it’s everywhere! I have a love-hate relationship with forget-me-nots. In my garden, it grows like a weed. And, when it’s in bloom, it’s so pretty. And when it turns to seed, it is quite possibly the ugliest thing ever to grace the garden. Gah! No matter, there’s no way I can stop it, so each year I enjoy some of the flowers and try to yank most of the plants out before too many seeds start their evil plan for next year.
Wait a minute. That’s not a flower. But it kind of is. I have these wild (volunteer) ferns in one section of my garden and they are gorgeous. Each spring, their nubby heads emerge from the soil and those beautiful green spirals gradually shift from tight balls to full fern leaves. It is its own blooming of sorts. And, it is greenery like this that makes the colourful flowering perennials reallly stand out.
10 Hellebore | Helleborus spp.(zones 4 to 8)
Be still, my heart. I love hellebores. There are oodles of choices and each one is swoon worthy.
There are more suggestions on the Perennial Flower Bloom Times list including Epimedium, Foam flower, Goat’s beard, and Pumonaria.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
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