8 Early Spring Plants to Love ...

One of my favorite things about spring is the start of all the things blooming of my garden. I can't get enough! It starts of slowly, with just a few pops of color through the white snow, and soon my entire garden is a riot of color, in every hue of the rainbow, from the purple crocuses to the yellow daffodils and everything in between. If you're like me, then you'll want to keep reading. Here are 8 early spring plants you'll love, too... and you'll be seeing them soon!

1. Crocus

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The crocus is such a simple, yet lovely flower, that pops up through the snow sometimes! Crocus flowers bloom in many colors, though you see most in lilac, mauve, white and yellow. Crocuses or "croci" are members of the iris family, and are definitely a perennial recommended for your early spring garden!

2. Winter Aconite

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These precious flowers are pale yellow in color, and are surrounded by a swirl of green! They can flower as early as January and as late as the end of March. Winter Aconites naturalize easy, so they're best grown around trees and bushes in a semi-wild state.

3. Witch Hazel

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This shrub is another great addition to your garden. It blooms in early spring with tiny yellow flowers. Cutting some branches makes a perfect centerpiece for your table too! For some areas, though, witch hazel chooses to bloom in the fall time!

4. Snowdrop

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This lovely flora gets its name well enough - it's another snow bloomer! Blooming right along with the Crocus, Snowdrops are hardy and cane be grown well in rock gardens, though wild flower gardens suit them as well.

5. Daffodil

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Of course! It wouldn't be spring without the lovely daffodils you see growing everywhere! Since they bloom once and are done for the year, you can plant them in places where you would even be mowing later in the spring! Let them take over your entire yard! How pretty would that be! Daffodils can be ordered in many colors, even white and pink!

6. Scylla

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Here's a flower that was very popular in the Victorian era. It's most native in the Alps, but grows well here in our United States. In England, they have a far less appealing name - "Squill". Scylla is blue, star like flowers, cousin to the Hyacinth. They grow perfectly in simple areas, but once they're planted, it's good not to disturb them for several years.

7. Pussy Willow

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This flowering shrub is said to be the "true sign of spring." Give them plenty of water, and they'll grow just about anywhere. However, for the safety of your foundation, it isn't a good idea to plant them too close to your house, as they have an extensive root system consistent with other willows.

I love flowers and gardening! One of these days, I want my entire 2 1/2 acre yard to be covered with gardens of flowers! With so many gorgeous blooms to choose from, how will I ever pick a favorite? What about you? What's your favorite spring flower?

Top Photo Credit: Four Seasons Garden

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