Flower Landscaping Ideas for Front Yards in the Springtime

Flowers in the front yard improve the curb appeal of the home. Several flowering plants produce spring blooms, allowing the gardener to design a springtime showcase in the backyard. Creating a spring look wakes up the landscape following a gray winter and welcomes the warmer seasons in with brightly coloured flowers.

Annual Flowers

Annual flower beds allow the gardener to change the look of the bed each year once the flowers are replanted. Many annuals start blooming in the spring and last throughout the warmer months of the year. 1 spring annual includes Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor), which produce purple, white and yellow pansylike flowers in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. This plant reaches less than 6 inches tall and tends to self-seed every year. Superbells “Dreamsicle” calibrachoa (Calibrachoa Superbells “Dreamsicle”), in USDA zones 10 and 11, grows salmon and orange petunialike flowers that produce a carpet of cascading stems 6 to 12 inches tall. Other annuals to plant include English daisies (Bellis perennis), “Imagination” verbenas (Verbena speciosa “Imagination”), “Summer Sundae” sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus “Summer Sundae”) and bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus).

Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Spring-flowering bulbs are among the first flowers to welcome spring into the backyard. The bulbs are planted throughout the fall, usually around the first two or three weeks in November. Most spring coats enjoy areas with full sun exposure. Some sweetly fragrant bulbs include hyacinths (Hyacinthus spp.) , which grow best in USDA zones 4 through 9. These flowers are available in pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and white colors and look best when planted in groups. More showy spring coats are tulips (Tulipa spp.) , crocuses (Crocus spp.) and daffodils (Narcissus spp.) .

Spring-Flowering Shrubs

Spring-flowering shrubs function well in foundation plantings to conceal utilities and other unslghtly areas. Many spring-blooming bushes are some of the very first plants to flower in the spring and catch the interest of guests. One of the first flowering shrubs is that the Magical gold forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia “Kolgold”), that grows to 5 feet tall and spreads 4 feet broad in USDA zones 5 through 9. Bright yellow-gold flowers appear on bare stems in the spring prior to the rich green leaves appear. “Snow Panda” fringe flowers (Loropetalum chinense “Snow Panda”) develop on a vase-shaped bush with arching branches in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9. The snow-white flowers appear in the early spring with sage-colored evergreen leaves on this 8- to 10-foot-tall bush.

Spring-Flowering Borders

Spring-flowering borders contain a mixture of perennials, ground covers, ornamental grasses and short shrubs. Spread shredded bark mulch between the plants to reduce weed growth. An edging involving the lawn area and border creates a defined separation. 1 spring perennial is that the bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis), which creates soft green leaves and heart-shaped blossoms in USDA zones 3 through 9. The pink-and-white flowers reach up to 3 feet tall and wide. Crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) produces clusters of leaves across the base of a 3-foot-tall, almost black stem topped with bell-shaped orange, yellow and yellow flowers under a palmlike canopy of leathery leaves at USDA zones 5 through 9.

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