Spring is a time of rebirth for perennial plants, and there are several spring-blooming perennials well worth adding to the average garden. Perennials are winter-hardy plants that will live for a minimum of two years, although many perennials die down through the winter months. Keen gardeners particularly enjoy watching delicate perennials raise their flower heads through the snow and ice of early spring as they signify that winter is ending and work in the garden will soon start again. There are a variety of spring-blooming perennials, ranging from perennial border plants to alpine and rock garden plants or the multitude of spring-flowering bulbs and shrubs or trees.
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Leopard's bane (doronicum) is an early-flowering perennial with a spreading habit that will thrive in most soils. Leopard's bane bears bright yellow, daisy-shaped flowers from April to May. Forgot-me-not (myosotis) is a traditional spring-flowering perennial that is ideal for cottage gardens. Forget-me-nots have a spreading habit and carry an abundance of tiny blue flower clusters throughout spring. There are several varieties of forget-me-not, including species with attractive, variegated leaves.
Alpine and Rock Garden
Spring flowering heathers, such as Erica carnea 'Adrienne Duncan,' add a vibrant splash of colour to winter and spring rock gardens. Heathers are easy to grow, but prefer acidic soil types. When planting heather, add plenty of compost or peat to the soil. The vivid blue flowers of spring gentian (Gentiana acaulis) are also a welcome addition to spring-flowering alpine gardens. Gentians are fully hardy and grow in compact clumps.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
Spring-flowering bulbs will naturalise and multiply, if left undisturbed underground. Examples of spring-flowering bulbs are snowdrops, daffodils and crocus. Tulip bulbs are generally not hardy and will need lifting and storing once the foliage has died down.
Trees and Shrubs
There are a range of spring flowering trees that make a decorative addition to the garden. Ornamental flowering trees such as cherry or magnolia are popular choices due to their spectacular array of blossoms. A range of spring-flowering shrubs are available, including yellow-flowered forsythia and clematis in various colours.
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