After months of the cold, dark days of winter, there’s nothing that brings a bigger smile to our face quite like the sight of blooming flowers. Whether on your walk to work or the living room, budding flowers are the universal symbol that spring has finally sprung!
In the Wild
While some wild flowers like to wait until we’re deep into the warmer months to bud, these flowers are so eager to see the sun, they open at the first sign of spring weather (and sometimes even before that!).
- Daffodils: Perhaps the earliest flower to bloom, daffodils can sometimes be seen popping up through thin layers of late-season snow. Unlike their cultivated brothers and sisters, wild daffodils tend to be much smaller and more delicate than the ones you’d find in a flower shop.
- Snowdrop: Named after its shape and ability to bloom as early as December (when there’s often still snow on the ground), the presence of snowdrops is a welcome sight for those who are not exactly fans of the winter months.
- Early purple orchid: Perhaps the most appropriately named flower, early purple orchid is the first in its family to bloom. As early as April, early purple orchids can be seen (and smelt) in meadows and alongside country roads.
- Primrose: Especially when nestled together, primrose flowers are a beautiful sight. And unlike other early blooming flowers that wither roughly a month or so after they bloom, primrose flowers can stay open until June.
For Your Garden
If you want to look out your window on the first day of spring and see a garden full of flowers, consider these early-blooming perennials and annuals:
- Pig Squeak: Don’t let its name throw you off, these enchanting, pink flowers add beauty to any garden they grace. Best of all, they last long into fall, when they turn a splendid, deep red.
- Shasta Daisies: Daisies’ timeless beauty and hardy blooms make them a favorite among young gardeners. Not only do they bloom from late winter to fall, but they are quick to multiply and can easily cover large plots of land in delicate white petals.
- Virginia Bluebells: It’s hard to believe that these exotic looking, trumpet-shaped flowers require no special skills to grow and cultivate, but it’s true! Though they start out small and pink, these perennials quite literally grow into their name during early spring, when their petals fold together and form a blue bell.
- Pansy: As a popular window box plant, gardeners love pansies because their colorful blooms open even in cooler weather.
Vase-Worthy Spring Flowers
Even if you don’t have time to visit sprawling meadows or start your own garden, everyone deserves to experience the joy of budding spring flowers. Bring a piece of the great outdoors inside this season with these cut flowers:
- Tulips: For many, it doesn’t feel like spring is truly here until they’ve seen a strong standing tulip dancing in the wind.
- Sunflowers: Perhaps the only other flower that can challenge tulips for the title of “most anticipated spring flower” is sunflowers. Sunflowers’ large bloom and cheerful demeanor bring the joy of the outside world straight into your living room.
- Mixed Bouquets: Featuring different flowers in your favorite bright colors, nothing mimics the exquisite, natural mix of flowers found in the wild quite like a mixed bouquet.
If your love of flowers matches your love of traveling, we’ve tracked down some of the best places to see spring flowers this year.