Best Early-Spring Flowers for the South
Celebrate spring in your southeastern garden with these spectacular early bloomers.
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Southerners are truly blessed with a confectionery delight of spring blooms.
Saucer magnolia (Magnolia 'Elizabeth') offers large, sweet-smelling, lemony yellow blooms. Zones 6-9
Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) bears long, arching branches with golden blooms. Zones 6-9
Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) is a graceful tree with tiny, pale pink blooms. Zones 6-8
Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother' is a sentimental favorite in my garden. Zones 4-9
Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) with its tiny, nodding white flowers on 8-inch stalks is easily overlooked. Zones 4-8
Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) burst into bloom with the first warm days of spring. Annual
Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), a native vine with powdery-fresh, pale yellow, trumpet-shape blooms, twines its way around mailboxes, fences, and porch rails throughout the South. Zones 7-
Siberian squill (Scilla siberica), a perennial grown from bulbs, produces 6-inch-tall stalks of bright blue flowers. Zones 5-8
Narcissus 'Hawera' sports small (2 inches across) nodding yellow flowers on 7-inch stalks. Bulbs naturalize to create multiple miniature trumpets heralding spring. Zones 3-8
Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), with its blooms in shades of white, chartreuse, purple, and crimson, marks the end of winter more than the start of spring. Zones 4-9