Early Spring Flowers

February is one of the coldest months of the year here in Southern, Ontario. Most gardens are buried under several feet of snow. Hard to believe that in a little over a month, the first flowers of Spring will start to emerge, often when the snow is still on the ground. With a little planning, you can have flowers in your garden as early as March.

If you are looking for early spring flowers, these are 5  perennials you will want to add to your garden this year.

Crocus (Crocus)

The cup-shaped flowers of the crocus are upward-facing and come in a number of different colors, from white to golden yellow to deep purple to bicolor.

Crocus

Crocus

Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa)

Low growing plant with pink, white, or blue blooms. The flowers look somewhat like a wild hyacinth.

Chionodoxa

Chionodoxa

Winter aconite (Eranthis)

Native to heavily shaded woodland environments.  Winter aconite emerges early to capitalize on the abundant sunlight available before the tree canopy fills in completely.

Eranthis

Eranthis

Snowdrop (Galanthus)

Not all snow drops are the same.  There are actually 20 different species of Galanthus, and dozens of cultivars.  Galanthus nivalis ‘Atkinsii’ can grow up to 18cms high.

galanthus

galanthus

Christmas rose (Helleborus)

Helleborus is an evergreen perennial that grows 12 to 15 inches tall and have shiny, dark green leathery leaves. They are hardy to zone 4, and should be planted in partial shade or preferably under deciduous trees, which allows them to receive sunlight in winter.

helleborus

helleborus

 

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