The Best Shrubs For Early Spring Garden – Early spring is not the time you expect to see anything except the budding of plants and trees. If you want to have flowers this early in the year there are five shrubs that will give you the desired splash of color and aromatic breezes in early springtime. Read on to find out more about these plants and how to care for them.
1. The Azalea
The Azalea is an early bloomer much like the Rhododendron. The difference is seen in the size of the flower clusters. The Azalea has smaller flowers but is large on style. The blooms can be in a variety of colors and sizes. They can reach up to 15 feet in height and grow best in full sunlight or partially shaded areas. It is good to add mulch around the base to help seal in moisture.
Azaleas in the spring garden
The Palestrina is a great one to plant since it only gets to be about 4′ and has a bevy of white fragrant blooms. Mix this one with the Cornell pink to form an interesting early spring garden.
This is a way to add a bit of Old World charm to your garden. It is a very low maintenance and quite rugged to boot. The Buckeye is a bit of a show off with its distinctive leaf patterns and vibrant flowers. The also like a lot of sun so plant in full sunlight for best results and early blooms. In addition to the distinctive fragrance of the Buckeye, consider decorating your garden with hand-crafted garden planters or garden statues.
3. The Camellia
These are your evergreens. They will flower once in fall, winter or early spring. The rose shaped blooms add color and spice to any landscape. There are more than 250 species of this flower. The varieties of plant will determine when you can expect to see the blooms. The ‘Tea Camellia’ is often used as a privacy plant because of its prolific growth.
Though technically a shrub this plant has delicate white blooms of an incredibly fragrant nature. It also has pink and purple blossoms that give a distinctive fragrance as well. Your lawn will be more inviting with the smells from this plant permeating it. This one is used as ground cover and as a foundation plant. Full sunlight and be certain that where you are putting it will be its home. The Daphne responds very poorly to transplanting. For the best fragrance try a ‘Carole Mackie’.
Hydrangea’s are a favorite and will bring about memories of a gentler era in life. This is one plant that flowers in partial shade and is very low maintenance. They can be found in pink, white and blue with either large or small flowers.
Getting a fragrant lawn in early spring can be as simple as adding one or two of these beautiful fragrant plants.