Best flowers to Plant for Your Spring Garden

Best flowers to Plant for Your Spring Garden

Spring Flowers

Among the hundreds of flowers available for springtime spruce-ups around the home, we at Mother Rucker’s Sweets have a list of our favorite easy-to-grow blooms that look fantastic for spring! Here are a few of our picks—some are common, but a few are going to take some looking around for at local mom-and-pop garden centers.

Gardenias: Often grown in containers because of their need for more acidic soil, gardenias produce medium-sized white flowers that emit a pleasing, perfumed scent. There’s no wonder why gardenia is often used as a room freshener or potpourri scent. Gardenias are evergreen and can grow as tall as a house, so they need pruning and shaping to keep their growth more manageable.

Petunias: Heirloom varieties of petunias require little care and fill the air with a lovely fragrance. Look for old standards of open-pollinated petunias—not the hybrids that are commonly available at the big box stores— for best results. You’ll need to check small, private garden centers, but the rewards are worth it. Hanging baskets are about the best way to enjoy petunias. Trim the dying flowers off right away to keep them flowering from summer through to winter.

Nasturtiums: We love edible flowers because of how they add instant beauty to cakes and dishes. Both the leaves and flowers of nasturtiums are edible. Their classic flower shape sports vibrant colors. Poor soils promote blooms, so don’t amend the soil where you plant these.

Marigolds: Perhaps the easiest flower to grow, marigolds are also edible. Marigold varieties range from small and compact to tall and bushy. Plant these to add golds and reds to a border or to ward off pests in a vegetable garden.

Violas: Also an edible flower, violas come in vibrant colors and are easy to care for. Their petals are big, showing off their colors in a way that no one can miss. Most violas are perennials, so they’ll come up year after year once they’re planted.

Texas Coral Honeysuckle: Unlike the invasive yellow Japanese honeysuckle (which poses a threat to the ecosystem wherever it’s planted), Texas’s own native coral honeysuckle is a beautiful asset to wildlife, attracting hummingbirds to its long, red, tubular flowers. Texas coral honeysuckle is a perennial that needs only a little water from time to time, so they’re great if you’re forgetful. It blooms from early spring to late fall, and it will make your hummingbird feeders obsolete. This one is hard to find, so when you do find a place to buy it, snatch it up.

Salvia Greggi: Also known as autumn sage, Salvia Greggi is a perennial evergreen that needs no water once it’s established, though watering will promote blooming. Its bushy growth is topped by small flowers that attract butterflies from spring to fall. Hummingbirds love it too! Varieties come in white, pink, red and a vivid lipstick color. And although the flowers are small, they’re dense. Cut back the growth when it gets too bushy, and you’ll only increase the number of blooms later on.

Rock Rose: A perennial that comes back from the roots each spring, rock rose blooms in late spring with beautiful pink flowers that have that classic flower shape to them—like the kind you drew as a child. The blooms are about the size of a quarter, so they’re noticeable from the curb even when they’re planted by the front door. Also a butterfly and hummingbird magnet, rock rose will survive with little water but blooms more when it gets a drink about once a week.