Best Early-Spring Flowers for the Northeast

These early bloomers welcome spring to the Northeast with welcome color and drama.
Siberian squill

Welcome spring with flowering bulbs and hardy perennials that shrug off late snow and bloom year after year in your garden.

Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) bulbs bloom in a sea of blue when planted en masse for waves of early color.

Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) has the earliest flowers of all, often blooming before the snow melts.

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are vigorous little bulbs that naturalize readily and send up pendant white blooms while most other plants are still hibernating.


Lungwort (Pulmonaria selections) contributes pink and blue flowers to the season's scene. Equally dramatic are the silver spots on its evergreen leaves, proving that striking foliage gives shade-loving perennials a colorful edge.


Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) offers clusters of pink flowers amid leathery green leaves that turn burgundy in cool weather.


Foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), a native perennial, has patterned, maple-leaf-shape foliage topped by airy wands of delicate white flowers.


Primrose (Primula hybrids) sends up sweet little rosettes of leaves followed by bouquet-like clusters of tubular to bell-shape blossoms in a range of colors.


Spring heath (Erica carnea), a low-growing evergreen shrub, colors up beginning in midwinter and blooms until midspring.