Many gardeners agree that spring is the best season to be in the garden planting flowers because temperatures are still pleasant and many plants are already in bloom. A wide range of flowers, including many bulb plants, need to be planted in the springtime so that they’re blooming when summer arrives. When planting most of these flowers, it’s advisable to wait until well after the last frost has past to avoid the potential damage of very low temperatures.
Native to Central America, Mexico and Colombia, dahlias (Dahlia spp.) are full sun plants that will grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10. Their pompom-like flowers come in a range of colors including pink, white, yellow orange, red and mixed. These slightly high-maintenance plants should be planted in the spring and fed high-nitrogen fertilizer once a week. Although they need lots of water, dahlias prefer well-drained soils.
Members of the Rosaceae family, roses are very familiar to many gardeners and are excellent flowers to plant in the spring. Planting roses early in the season allows enough time for sufficient root establishment before the arrival of winter. Roses prefer well-drained, loamy soils with pH of between 5.5 and 7.0. Roses come in countless varieties and colors, including red, pink, white, yellow, orange and variegated.
This flower genus includes approximately 180 species and more than 10,000 cultivars. Gladiolus flowers are native to the Mediterranean, western Asia, South Africa and the Middle East, where they grow mostly in full sun or partial shade in some cases. Their flowers come in a range of colors, including pink, white, yellow green and purple. Plant gladiolus in late spring to ensure blooming throughout the summer.
Lilies are widely popular perennials that do best when planted in the spring. This flower comes in hundreds of different varieties and in many different colors, such as orange, white, yellow, pink and red. Lilies do best in full sun and need moist, fertile, well-drained soil to thrive. Provide your lilies with some light fertilizer in the spring but avoid giving them too many nitrogen-rich additives.