Spring starts on 21st of March, each year, bringing joy to flowers, trees and to our eyes since the earth is covered fully with lush green plants bearing beautiful flowers.
Tulips and Hyacinths are favorite Spring flowers. Flowers other than Tulips commonly found during spring are Dogwood trees, Daffodils, Hyacinths etc.
Hyacinths look gorgeous, they smell terrific, you can grow them indoors or out. Everybody should have hyacinths in their spring garden. All hyacinths are fragrant, while some are extremely fragrant.
Spring flowering plants are grown from the bulbs, i.e, Spring Flowering Bulbs. Spring flowering bulbs are planted in the fall. Spring bulbs require a freeze and period of dormancy – when the spring comes, they will be among the first to bloom and provide early season color in a garden.
The common Spring flowers are Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Birds of Paradise, Cherry blossom, Dahlia, Freesia, Heather, Hyacinth, Orchids, Peony, Rose, Sweet pea, Tulip, Zinnia.
There are 2 types of Spring flowering plants. They are Spring Annuals and Spring Perennials. A Spring Annual is a plant that completes its entire life cycle within one year is referred as an annual. Popular spring-planted annuals are impatiens, pansies, petunias, begonias, geraniums and marigolds.
Most flowers referred to as annuals are those we plant after the last frost in the spring, and live until the frost kills them in fall. This might seem like a short life, but on the upside, annuals bloom continuously.
A Spring Perennial lives and flower year after year. A Perennial plant typically, die back (or hibernate) over the winter, but grow and flower as temperatures rise in spring.
Most perennials bloom during a certain time of the season varying from spring to fall. Some perennials like Shasta daisies love sun, whereas Astilbes, Ferns, and Hostas like shade, and Lamium prefers partial shade.
A garden lover has to prepare himself for the oncoming Spring with all the things needed, like tools, manure, fertilizers etc. The spring flowering plants may need pruning, feeding and weeding.
The steps to follow for your beautiful Spring Garden.
- Remove weeds from the garden
- Turn the compost
- Test and amend your soil
- Prune flowering shrubs after blooming
- Plant and divide perennials
Coming to the Pests and diseases affecting the growth of Spring plants are Black spot, Cabbage root flies, Chafer grubs, Craneflies, Fireblight, Flea beattles, Froghoppers, Grey mould, Leaf miners, Scab, Silver leaf, Slugs and Snails, Wireworms, Woodlice, Wooly Aphids. These are some of the pests playing a spoil sport.