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Ten Plants That Grow Well in the Spring

Updated on July 24, 2019
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Marlene is a California real estate broker who has been selling property since 1989. California Real Estate License number 01056418.

Pansies in a bunch.
Pansies in a bunch. | Source

Spring Time

Spring is the season where the chill of winter succumbs to the warmth of the sun. The snow melts and the rivers flow. Flowers bloom. Farmers plant seeds to harvest in the coming season. Spring is a time of planning and making things new again.

Speaking of new, spring is also a time when many buyers start their home search for the new home where they will live.

Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

— Sitting Bull


Plantings are the plants that you find in the gardening center. They are anywhere from two inches to one foot tall. All you have to do is take this planting home, dig a hole in the ground, and plant the planting to continue growing to maturity.

Spring is a Good Time to Brighten Up Your Home

One of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to brighten up your home is to add a dash of color with flowers. If you already have bulbs in the ground, they will likely come alive in the spring. If your ground is bare, then you can plant seeds or go to the home improvement store and buy plantings in an assortment of sizes and colors.

Plant Flowers to Add Curb Appeal

Curb appeal entices people to look at your home. If you are someone who is preparing to place your home on the market, one of the best recommendations is to plant colorful flowers on the porch and walkways to help make your house look beautiful.

Plant these flowers in beautiful containers or directly into the ground for instant beautification.

In my hub titled, “Why Springtime is a Good Time to Place Your House on the Market to Sell,” I mention some statistics that indicate that the majority of buyers are out house hunting in the spring so they can be ready to move into their new home in the summer.

In the hub, “Three Quick Easy and Low Cost Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your House,” I explain how color has an effect on our emotions and what each color represents. So, when you are planting flowers, pay close attention to the colors you select and how that color helps make a statement about your house.

Plant Names and Photos

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anemoneAzaleaBloodrootDaffodilsGrape HyacinthHydrangeaIrisLilacPansyTulip
anemone | Source
Azalea | Source
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Grape Hyacinth
Grape Hyacinth | Source
Hydrangea | Source
Iris | Source
Lilac | Source
Pansy | Source
Tulip | Source

Plant Hardiness Zone

A plant hardiness zone is a geographical location that has specific climatic conditions where a specific category of plant life is likely to grow and thrive. To find your hardiness zone refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

Just enter your zip code to discover your plant hardiness zone and the plants most likely to do well in your area.

Ten Plants That Grow Well in the Spring

A quick and easy way to brighten up your home and make it more inviting to buyers is to plant flowers around the porch and walkway. Plant from seed or better yet, go to the local home improvement store and pick up a few of these flowers. Prices range from $3.95 to $6.00.

Here are some flowers that do well in the spring. Be sure to select plants that are right for your plant hardiness zone.

  • Anemone – A white flower that is also very fragrant. Anemones grow to 6 inches tall in Zones 4-8.
  • Azalea – Azaleas are beautifully colored flowers that grow to 10 feet tall in zones 5-9.
  • Bloodroot – These white flowers begin coming up in March and last until late spring. Bloodroot grows to 6 inches tall in zones 3-9.
  • Daffodil – Daffodils come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They grow to 1 foot tall in zones 3-9.
  • Grape Hyacinth – Grape Hyacinth are beautiful flowers that grow from 8 inches tall to 6 inches wide in zones 4-8.
  • Hydrangea – The Hydrangea plant produces large flowers and grows to 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide in zones 5-9.
  • Iris – Iris plants come in a variety of colors. Iris plants grow up to 34 inches tall in zones 3-9.
  • Lilac – This beautiful plant comes in a variety of shapes and sizes from shrubs to trees. Lilacs can grow to 20 feet tall in zones 4-8.
  • Pansy – You can find Pansies in just about any color. Grow them on window sills, containers, or in the ground around the house. Pansies grow to 10 inches tall in zones 4-8.
  • Tulip – Tulips come in many colors. They grow to 2 feet tall in zones 3-7.

Get Creative When Planting Flowers

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Spring flowers in a colorful container.Keep walkways clear.Roses on a bench.Plants line a stairway.Plants on the side of the door and wreath in front of the door.
Spring flowers in a colorful container.
Spring flowers in a colorful container. | Source
Keep walkways clear.
Keep walkways clear. | Source
Roses on a bench.
Roses on a bench. | Source
Plants line a stairway.
Plants line a stairway. | Source
Plants on the side of the door and wreath in front of the door.
Plants on the side of the door and wreath in front of the door. | Source

Where to Place Your Plants

While there is no true formula for where to place your plants, I have a few tips that may be helpful.

  • Keep walkways clear. Don't place plants in areas where people need to walk. They may trip over the plant and that is a lawsuit you don't want to have.
  • Keep plants low. If your property is located on the corner, keep plant growth lower than 3 feet so drivers can see around them.
  • Be creative with containers. Almost any type of container can be used. I have seen people use old Mason Jars and pill bottles to create beautiful flower pots.
  • Place plants on the floor of the porch or on a bench or chair located on the porch.
  • Place plants anywhere in the yard.
  • Line a driveway or walkway with plants.
  • Place potted plants on the edge of stairs.

The whole idea with plants is to brighten up your home. No rules mean you can be creative and have fun!

Spring Invites Beauty With Flowers

I hope you are able to find some or all of these ten flowers that grow well in the spring. Be creative in finding ways to add beauty and curb appeal to your front yard.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Plants Database,

Better Homes and Gardens, 21 Spring Flowers for Your Garden,

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Marlene Bertrand


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