Best Spring Flowers for the Garden
It may seem strange to talk about the best spring flowers right now, but if I tell you that in the Southern Hemisphere they are in the middle of Spring, it’s not so strange anymore, is it? Lately I only talk about flowers for the fall, but an important part of my visitors come from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile… where now they enjoy a spring time.
It is true that not all the plants that we enjoy here are available in that area, but neither here we enjoy all the spring flowers that are available in that part of the world.
However, the globalization effect has made us agree on many, many plants and we can discuss the best tips for the garden, almost anywhere in the world, regardless of language or skin color.
There are many flowers that warn us of spring, perhaps all the flowers that come from autumn bulbs are among the first to open, crocus, tulips, daffodils … I have some yellow mini-narcises, which I planted more than ten years ago, which have been naturalized and are the ones that warn me of the change of season.
Without a doubt, my favourite spring flower is the rose. They are not the first to appear, in the garden, but when the temperature starts to rise, I am aware of my rosebushes and the buds that begin to form, promises of future roses.
Roses are common all over the world, and so they are recognizable as garden queens, and there are rose lovers and theme gardens dedicated to them, all over the world.
The spring explosion of color, when most buds open, has no similarity to any other plant. If we also add the scent to old roses, the garden on those spring afternoons becomes the best place in the house to rest.
But roses are not the only plants that bloom in spring, there are a large number of humbler plants that bloom profusely, spring is the season of flowers, the most beautiful and cheerful of the year for any gardener.
Almost all the garden works, during a great part of autumn and winter, are directed to have a great quantity of spring flowers: to quilt, to improve, to fertilize, to protect…
Flowering outdoor plants are another option in spring
No, I’m not going crazy. Flowering outdoor plants are another option in spring…to have indoors.
Those outdoor plants in flowerpot, that tolerate semi-sombra, all those that if exposed to a direct sun do not grow properly, can be cultivated in spring in the houses that do not have garden, that in the big cities are many.
Terrace plants, which can be indoors or outdoors depending on temperatures, are a great idea for those who have little space.
The flowerpots manage to create an instantaneous garden where it is necessary, without needing to have a place precisely adapted, serves a window sill, a small terrace, or a corner in the encimera of the kitchen, the only important thing is to have the light and the suitable cares.
Despite having a garden, where plants are planted in the soil, I have never given up on potted plants and flowers. There are solutions that would be insurmountable without a flowerpot, such as hanging outdoor plants, I personally love hanging baskets with plants, arranged at the entrances of homes, or at the exit of the house to the garden.
Many of the outdoor garden plants live properly in pots, others suffer in pots. For a while I had some roses in a pot, and despite complying with all the guidelines: height of the pot, substrate, fertilizer, etc … did not develop properly, when those same roses ended up in the garden, the change was total.
It is convenient to choose well the plants that we are going to place in flowerpot, not all of them are going to develop well. But you don’t have to worry, the list of plants for flowerpots is endless, plants with flower and without spring flower.
The best spring flowers in photos
Not all of us are great photographers, but I think there are few amateur and professional gardeners who are not tempted to take spring flower photos. You pass in front of a massif of roses in full bloom and the temptation is enormous. Since I can’t (I shouldn’t, especially if the garden is public) cut roses, which would be very frowned upon, I’m happy to take some photos.
But this doesn’t just happen with massifs of roses, photos of flowerpots fill the social networks, and that’s normal. Why should a gardener boast? Well, of his flowers, whether they are in pots or in the garden.
We boast, even of the flowers and photos that are not ours. If we find a picture of beautiful flowers, we share them and feel as happy as if they were flowers from our garden.
Taking photos of spring flowers can also have a practical function. Sometimes, when we don’t know the name of one of the spring flowers we have in the garden, taking a few photos is a big advantage. I don’t know if you knew that photos and names of garden flowers are closely linked on the internet.
Almost all photos of flowers have attributes, or are within texts to which reference is made, and that is detected by the Google search engine. The search engine gives us the option to search for images, when we enter the image, the search engine gives us all images similar to the photos the flowers we have uploaded, and that way you can know the name of your favorite plant, easy right?
Name of flowers
I have carried out experiments with very diverse results, some even funny, in which the photos of the uploaded flowers, as they were not very good or did not capture well the flowers or the plants, the searcher gave me some absurd results, but in other occasions I have managed to know the name of some of the plants that I had in the garden, but that I did not have nor idea of what its name was.
Knowing which plant you have in the garden is not just a matter of curiosity, sometimes those unknown plants that give us, have very particular care, and with a simple photo of those flowers in spring, you can get a lot of valuable information for you, and for your plants, so I will try to explain the correlation of the scientific name of each flower with its common name and accompany it with a photo.
Scientific name + Common name of some spring flowers
Everybody wants to have flowers in the garden. Any amateur gardener knows that flowers are not the most important thing in the garden, but a garden without flowers in spring is quite sad. If you want to have a beautiful garden with flowers in spring, you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes and the situation of your garden in the following list:
Ageratum houstonianum, Agerato
Agerate is a plant with a very prolonged flowering. Its flowers appear in May and we can enjoy them until October-November, that is, until well into autumn. Precisely its name “Ageratum” comes from its Greek name ageraton, which means “that which does not age”.
The colors of its flowers are blue, and range from light blue to grayish, with some specimens in white and violet.
They are plants that need to be in full sun, but support the semi-shadow, although we can see that the flowering is less intense. They are not too demanding with the soil where they will be planted, but if it is light they will be better, what if they need are abundant irrigations.
Soft anemone, Anemone
This anemone should not be confused with another that lives on the seabed, garden anemones, although they always need to be moist, do not need to be submerged in water.
The pure species is of a blue color celeste, although we can find hybrids in shades of white, pink, blue and violet. It flowers between March and April.
They need slightly loamy and sandy soil to feel good. It is a plant that can be found in the wild in the beech forests of southeastern Europe, which indicates that it is a suitable plant to put under a tree, supporting the shade well.
The anemone belongs to the family of ranunculus (ranunculaceae), and as these are bulbs. If we want to propagate the anemones in the garden, the ideal is to do it separating the filial bulbs that appear in their roots.
Antirrhinum majus, Dragon Mouth
They are very curious flowers in their shape, and receive their name from the typical yellow throat that stands out, in the original shape. It is not very common, but I have been able to find some wild specimens in white. I say that it is not very normal, because we are loading the most delicate vegetation, and only the strongest and best adapted plants remain in the field.
We can find dwarf varieties, which measure between 15 and 25 cms. In a multitude of colors: white, yellow, pink, red, even some bicolor. Its flowering is from May to September.
Although their situation in the garden is in full sun, they can stand in areas of semi-shade.
They do not need a special substrate, with a mulch for flowers is enough, and the irrigation must be moderate, avoiding the encharcamientos.
Begonia semperflorens, Beautiful
Within the Begonias, we can find the semperflorens varieties, and the bulbous Begonias. Both flower in spring, but their flowers are quite different. The Semperflorens, has some simple flowers, while the flowers of the Begonias bulbosas are more attractive and big, coming to measure up to 10 cms. However, both belong to the Begoniaceae family, and their care and needs are very similar.
They flower from May to October, and we can find a very wide range of colours ranging from white to intense red.
They need a loose and aerated substrate, as well as abundant watering, but avoiding water puddling, to prevent the roots from rotting.
Bellis perennis, Lesser Daisy, Bellorita
Daisies always look great in the garden, but the smaller daisy has some very colorful flowers, which can grab the attention.
Its flowers can be simple and double, in the shape of a button or a pompom, in white, pink or red. The small and compact varieties are biennial, grow one year and bloom the next.
They do not need a special soil to grow, a flower mulch will be adequate. They need abundant watering, especially when they are growing, and fertilizers every week.