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Spring Flowers and Trees – Buying & Growing Guide

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

Flowers that signal the start of spring are some of the most welcome additions to any garden. But if you want a landscape full of blooms as soon as the weather gets warm, you need to know which species to pick and how to care for them well. With that knowledge, you can expect vibrant petals to fill your garden when spring arrives.

Types of Spring Flowers and Trees

Type  Growing Zones Mature Height Harvest Season Sun Features
Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida 5-9 15-30 feet August to September Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Impressive spring flower, attractive branching habit, and admirable fall color
Flowering crabapple, Malus ‘Sutyzam’ SUGAR TYME 4-8 14-18 feet None  Full sun: 6-8 hours Great flowering tree, moderate size

Amelanchier canadensis

4-8 25-30 feet June to July Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Early season flowers are white, and form is quite graceful
Eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis 4-8 20-30 feet None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Large heart-shaped leaves, vibrant purple flowers in spring
Cornelian cherry dogwood, Cornus mas 4-8 15-25 feet None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Early spring flowers rival forsythia
Callery pear tree, Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’  5-9 30-50 feet None Full sun: 6-8 hours Rounded upright growth habit, copious white flowers
Daffodil, Narcissus 3-8 6-12 inches None Full sun: 6-8 hours Well-know white or yellow early spring flowers
Iris, Iris germanica 3-10 2-3 feet None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Flat, upright foliage with large, showy flowers
Tulip, Tulipa 3-8 12-24 inches None Full sun: 6-8 hours Long stems hold large overlapping flower petals
Crocus, Crocus 3-8 6-8 inches None Full sun to part shade: 4-8 hours Dense-planting produces a flowery carpet-like effect, blooms very early


How to Foster Beautiful Spring Blooms

For you to have astounding flowers in your yard, you first need some basic plant care skills. When planting flowering plants, ensure that you give them the sunlight, water, and nutrients that they need to flourish. Since flowering plants come in many varieties, they also come with about as many different care requirements. 

After you meet the basic needs of the species you intend to grow, you can focus on maximizing their flower production. Having nutrient-rich soil is a great starting point, but you may also need to follow a regular fertilization schedule to promote the best blooms. 

Pruning is also an essential task for anyone who wants to foster beautiful spring blooms. It is generally best to remove spent flowers and other dead or damaged parts of the plant. Removing flowers after they fade is one of the most reliable ways to stimulate future blossoms.

Additionally, while some flowering plants will do well in the shade, most prefer to receive plenty of sunlight. So if your flowering species are not blooming as much as you like, try moving them to a sunnier location. Beyond that, providing a healthy layer of mulch is another fantastic way to help your flowers by allowing the soil to maintain a proper moisture level and temperature.