Spring Perennials Your Garden Needs Now
The weather’s warming up and the days are getting longer…you know what that means! It’s time to get ourselves in the garden and plant some beautiful spring flowers that we can enjoy this season. We have a few ideas for your spring planting adventures. These perennial plants—some of which can be found in the Southern Living Plant Collection—are perfect additions to your garden. Add irresistible pops of color with these gorgeous spring bloomers, and enjoy, because some of these spring perennials may even lure butterflies to your backyard oasis.
Dianthus belongs in your garden. This perennial has been cultivated for hundreds of years, and it always looks fresh and pretty in spring. The blooms are lovely and fragrant, with vibrant colors and gray-green foliage. Edge your borders with dianthus, and you’ll add some lovely visual interest to your beds. We recommend Scent First Coconut Surprise dianthus (Dianthus hybrid ‘WE05Yves’), which emits a spicy natural fragrance, or Scent First Raspberry Surprise dianthus (Dianthus hybrid ‘DevonYolande’) for pretty pink blooms with a crimson heart.
Shades of Salvia
Salvia comes in many gorgeous shades, but stunning orange-coral flowers bloom on 'Ember's Wish' salvia beginning in early spring. This tough, hardy plant is a great addition to your yard, because it can withstand even the hottest summer days. Plant and enjoy; it requires minimal maintenance. Also try the moody ‘Saucy Wine’ salvia for an infusion of burgundy and deep purple in your garden beginning in April.
We know it’s finally spring when the daffodils burst into bloom. The ‘Carlton’ daffodil has a bright yellow bloom in early spring, while ‘Falconet’ brings yellow and orange blooms in mid-spring. Enjoy some heady fragrance with ‘Geranium’ daffodils, which bloom showily in mid- to late-spring. The best part of planting these hardy perennials? Minimal maintenance.
Showstopping Lime Sizzler Firebush
This Hamelia patens ‘Grelmsiz’ (or Lime Sizzler Firebush) adds an explosion of yellow-and-lime green foliage and red-orange flowers that bloom in late spring. Its variegated foliage is a showstopper, and it will thrive most anywhere, from container to hedge, as long as it’s in full sun.
Fragrant Flowering Quince
This camellia lookalike is a sure sign of springtime. It brings bright flowers in early spring, and its blooms are vibrant and fragrant—plus they’re deer resistant, which is great if you find four-footed pests creating chaos in your garden year after year. Try Double Take Pink Storm Flowering Quince for bright pink blossoms with minimal maintenance required or Double Take Scarlet Storm Flowering Quince for gorgeous crimson blossoms.
Spring Lawn Care with the Grumpy Gardener
At the beginning of spring, we start to see lawns around the South turn from the dingy brown of winter into the fresh, bright greens of the season. This transition is absolutely gorgeous, and we want to help you make the most of your spring gardening. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender is here to get your lawn in tip-top shape, so you can outshine all of your neighbors. Who doesn't want to win the 'Best Lawn' award from the neighborhood HOA? These three easy lawn care tips from our resident garden pro are simple to follow, and they'll make a huge impact on the look of your home. Follow along to ensure that you're all set for garden parties in the outdoor months.
Beginning in spring, this shrub bursts into blossom, filling up its branches with blooms of many hues. (They also attract butterflies.) Gardeners in the Deep South should try Little Bonnie Dwarf Spiraea from the Southern Living Plant Collection—it will add just enough color and lush, blue-green foliage that lasts. Plus, it can tolerate our Southern summer swelter.
Winsome Gerbera Daisies
These cheeky blooms (Gerbera jamesonii) are a perennial in the coastal and tropical south, but they’re usually treated as annuals everywhere else. Sturdy and vibrant, daisies are familiar flowers that bring a smile to everyone they encounter. We recommend the Garvinea and Patio series for joyful additions to your spring garden, or the ‘Electric Orange’ Drakensberg Daisy from the Southern Living Plant Collection for a pop of vibrant spring orange.
These flowers bloom continuously when the weather is warm. Dainty and vibrant, they look great in gardens, planters, or window boxes. You can’t go wrong with common lantana and Texas Lantana in the South. ‘Tangerine’ is a deep burnt orange, ‘Miss Huff’ is orange and pink, and ‘Spreading Sunshine’ is bright yellow, so you have no shortage of color choices. Pick your shades, plant them in full sun, and wait for the butterflies to arrive.
Crinums—also known as hot country lilies—are gorgeous blooms for your spring garden. These are hardy (bordering on legendary) perennials that flower vibrantly from spring to fall. You’ll fall for the enormous blooms and the intoxicating scent that they bring to your garden. We recommend hardy crinum (Crinum bulbispermum) and longneck crinum (C. moorei) for your plantings this year.
The viola family includes violas, violets, and pansies, of which most are perennials (though some are grown as annuals). They are often used for adding large splashes of color to gardens and borders, and we love them for it. We recommend adding pansies to your garden this spring for an infusion of charming color. Pansies come in bicolor as well as blue, white, red, rose, yellow, purple, and apricot shades. Try Majestic Giants II for an option with hardy heat and cold tolerance. ‘Pandora’s Box’ is also lovely, with charming, watercolor-hued blooms that are variegated from pink to orange to yellow.