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What spring flowers in the garden you can combine with each other: 6 tips and ideas for garden design.

If you’ve been scanning for signs of life in the garden soil since the first mild day of spring, spring flowers in the garden may be your passion. However, making the right choice of flower varieties can sometimes be difficult for amateur gardeners. If that’s the case for you, you can follow these gardening tips to get more blooms than ever from your plants.

How to choose your spring flowers in the garden

beautiful garden design with suitable combinations of spring flowers in the garden

The colder the climate, the more anxious gardeners are for spring flowers in the surrounding landscape. If you plant very early blooming bulbs, you may feel as if you have cheated winter. This is because these hardy bulbs may not begin to bloom until the Christmas decorations are just coming down. Such dainty flowers aren’t always impressive when you plant them in groups of a dozen or less. However, the affordable price of so-called small bulbs makes planting a hundred or more manageable.

Planting the appropriate early bloomers

daffodil with violets and snowdrops as a beautiful combination of spring flowers in the garden

For example, the common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, bears graceful, white, bell-shaped flowers on 15-inch stems. They bloom as early as January and easily go wild in an undisturbed location. However, if you think that white spring flowers are lost in the garden because of the snow, you can consider the Winterling, Eranthis hyemalis. This one produces bright yellow flowers on a ruffled collar of green foliage. Finally, the glory of the snow pride, Chionodoxa luciliae, produces masses of blue, pink or white star-shaped flowers to satisfy a craving for pastel spring flowers in the garden.

Combine winter-hardy annuals with bulbs.

combine flowering bulbs with hardy annuals

If you ran out of puff last fall after planting that first bag of fifty tulips, your spring flower show may not look as lush as you had hoped. So plant large bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, with hardy annuals. The results could become similar to a garden magazine or public garden show you’ve admired. By digging carefully, you can also plant a six-pack of hardy annuals without disturbing the bulbs. Plant the annual flowers as soon as they are available if you want to see green leaf tips already emerging from the bulbs. Accordingly, you could try combining these four planting partners in the spring:

  • Tulips and primroses
  • Hyacinths and pansies
  • Daffodils and night levkoje
  • Dutch iris (iris) and rockweed

Add flowering shrubs to spring flowers in the garden

care for flowering shrubs in the flower garden and let them flourish


When creating a flowering landscape, follow the garden design principle of starting with trees, then shrubs, then plants. Flowering shrubs not only add texture and dimension to the garden in the spring, but also provide plenty of blooms in sunny or shady conditions. Azaleas, for example, announce spring in many gardens in mild climates, while forsythia can do the same in temperate climates. However, if the thought of a simple green shrub among your spring flowers in the garden doesn’t excite you, you can choose a shrub that displays bright berries after its flowers have wilted, such as the snowball. You can also look for newer varieties of old favorites with variegated foliage, such as daphne for warmer climates or elderberry for colder weather.

Grow potted flowers

hanging basket with spring flowers in the garden as a matching idea

When incorporating flower pots for your spring garden, you can take advantage of earlier blooming spring flowers in the garden. Accordingly, you can hang small hanging baskets in a shed or garage when temperatures drop at night. Large containers can also still be moved to a sheltered area if you use transport wheels for them.

planting potted flowers in spring

Some of the most popular container plants are snapdragons, petunias and annual lobelia. These thrive in cool spring temperatures. Such annuals peak in blooming during the cool season when daytime temperatures are around 20 Grand Celsius. Other potted flowers, such as violets and nasturtiums, can tolerate spring frosts well.

Planting crocus in the lawn

plant crocus in the lawn and enjoy in the spring flowers

Planting bulbs under a lawn requires no special skills. Just let them naturalize by delaying mowing until the bulb foliage matures. Choose the earliest flowering bulbs unless you don’t mind letting your grass grow as long as the flowers. In addition, crocus bulbs are the most commonly grown flowers on a lawn. However, you can also try it with snowdrops or dwarf iris. Cut the sod with a sharp spade and plant groups of bulbs at least 8 inches below the soil surface.

Grow bare root perennials next to the spring flowers in the garden

plant bare root perennials next to spring flowers in the garden

If you want to make your flower garden look good in the spring, no one is happy to see with gnarled roots. However, there may be advantages to buying and planting bare-root flowers early in the gardening season. Imagine digging up a favorite daylily from your garden as early as March. This would look more like one of those root balls sold in plastic bags with a tentative stem beginning to develop. In this unfinished form, plants are less likely to suffer damage from late spring frosts than plants with fully developed foliage. In fact, bare-root perennials may be indistinguishable from potted plants by mid-summer. As a bonus, bare-root perennials are much less expensive than potted plants.