Arthur B. in Raleigh, N.C., sent us some pictures of the arrival of spring in his part of the world. These first flowers of the new season are so precious. Are you seeing spring flowers in your yard? If so, send us some photos for a chance to be featured in the Garden Photo of the Day, or tag us on Instagram and Facebook. We’d love to see how you’re celebrating spring in your yard!
Witch hazel (Hamamelis sp., Zones 5–9) are the epitome of early flowering. The flowers unfurl their delicate, golden, threadlike petals on the first warmish days of the year, and curl back up tight when it turns cold again, so they can sail through whatever unpredictable weather spring brings. (What, spring, with unpredictable weather? You are SHOCKED to hear it, I know.)
Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima, Zones 4–8) is another shrub that flowers super early in the spring or even in late winter. The small white flowers aren’t the showiest in the world, but they smell so good, and that scent is just what we need after all the snow.
If you aren’t growing hellebores (Helleborus orientalis, Zones 4–8), you really need to rethink your life choices. Hellebores thrive in shade, tolerate drought, are deer resistant, and bloom incredibly early in the spring. They come in an ever widening range of colors and forms, and this lightly spotted pink is a lovely one.
As the weather continues to warm, on come the tulips (Tulipa, Zones 3–8) and violas (Viola × wittrockiana, Zones 6–10 or annual). Violas are essentially small-flowered versions of pansies and are generally much tougher and produce more flowers. In Zone 6 and south, they are best planted in the fall, where they will overwinter and greet the spring with incredible masses of blooms that are not only beautiful but often fragrant and even edible!
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