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Spring Flowers and Ornamental Trees for Curb Appeal

Updated on April 3, 2015
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Diane is a lover of all things beautiful; music, art, antiques and nature. Her guides bring insight to topics she cares passionately about.

Our House in Spring


Choosing the Right Plants to Make Your House the Envy of the Neighborhood

Planting flowers and ornamental trees in your landscape can beautify your home and add curb appeal to it's value. Springtime is especially good for plants that pop with bold colors and wonderful fragrance.

This is a picture of our front porch in spring. People actually change their walking routines in spring to pass our house. The riotous splash of colors and sweet honey fragrance is a welcome, sensory delight after our area's long winters. I will share with you my tips and list of favorite plants for bright spring colors in your landscape.

A Carpet of Flowers

Creeping Phlox, Wild Violets, Basket of Gold
Creeping Phlox, Wild Violets, Basket of Gold | Source

Ground Covers for Spring Flowers

You can't go wrong by planting ground covers for spring color impact. Over time they will spread into dense color blocks with the added benefit of holding moisture in the ground, soil in place, and crowding out weeds. Try some of these maintenance free plants. These plants will do well in most areas of the country.


Creeping Phlox (the white and lavender flowers)

Perennial Aiyssum (Basket of Gold, yellow)

Wild Violets (deep purple/blue)

A note on the wild violets. I never planted them. They arrived by seed in the chipped wood mulch we laid down in our garden beds when we first built them. Little clumps of them popped up here and there in the beds, and I decided to let them live and see what happens. In spite of nearly yanking them a few times (they were taking a long time to "spread"), I left them be. I'm glad I did. They hold a large block of my spring color with their lovely deep blue/purple.


Forget-Me-Not (light blue to pink)

My Tulips

Tulips | Source

Flowering Bulbs for Spring Color

Bubls, planted in large clusters, can bring a huge splash of color to your front garden. Choose bright colors, like purple, hot pink, yellow and red. Buy large, quality bulbs, at least 25 or more per section you intend to plant. Here is a list of bulbs I have in my garden.




Paper Whites (Narcissus)

Grape Hyacinth

My Poppies

My Oriental Poppies
My Oriental Poppies | Source

Spring Flowering Plants and Shrubs

When the first flush of flowers begins to fade, continue your spring show with flowering plants and shrubs. They will take over blooming from the early bloomers and some even last into summer.

Spring flowering plants and shrubs in my garden are as follows:

Oriental Poppy



Bleeding Heart

Hardy Geranium, with scented leaves of lemon and orange.

My Crabapple Tree

Profusion Crabapple
Profusion Crabapple | Source

Spring Flowering Ornamental Trees

The foundation of any yard is a beautiful tree. Many varieties flower in spring, putting forth a profusion of fragrant blooms in cheery colors. Choosing the right tree is not difficult, as long as you keep in mind a few important things. Consider not what the tree looks like now, but how tall and wide it will grow. Choose a tree that will give a pleasing accent to your home in height, shape and width, as well as the color of the blooms.

I chose flowering trees that won't overgrow the house, a "Profusion" crabapple, which has pink blooms, and a Dogwood that flowers white. Both will only get about 15' tall, at full height. They provide a nice frame for the house, with the changing carpet of flowers beneath their branches. I am particularly fond of the crabapple tree. It is not only beautiful in spring, but provides food for the birds in winter.

Other tree varieties that flower in spring are...


Ornamental Pear




...just to name a few.

Spring Flowering Plants and Trees in my Garden

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Grape Hyacinth with Japanese Maple in backyardHouse FrontFlowering DogwoodDarby with DaffodilsCrocus clusterOriental PoppySarah Bernhardt PeonyGolden Raindrops Crabapple
Grape Hyacinth with Japanese Maple in backyard
Grape Hyacinth with Japanese Maple in backyard | Source
House Front
House Front | Source
Flowering Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood | Source
Darby with Daffodils
Darby with Daffodils | Source
Crocus cluster
Crocus cluster | Source
Oriental Poppy
Oriental Poppy | Source
Sarah Bernhardt Peony
Sarah Bernhardt Peony | Source
Golden Raindrops Crabapple
Golden Raindrops Crabapple | Source

Need Inspiration? - All the Garden's a Stage, by Jane C. Gates

All the Garden's a Stage: Choosing the Best Performing Plants for a Sustainable Garden
All the Garden's a Stage: Choosing the Best Performing Plants for a Sustainable Garden

This wonderful book was written by my friend, Jane C. Gates. She is a professional landscape designer and an amazing artist. Her book approaches garden landscaping from a refreshing new a theater production. The cast of characters are the flowers and plants. She gives helpful ideas for selecting your "characters" and directing a visually appealing performance. Attention is given to the props and supporting crew...information on plant growth and habits, zones, pests and diseases (the hecklers), and much more.

Filled with almost 300 sumptuous photographs and illustrations, this book could well become a favorite coffee table conversation piece, not just a garden reference book. The book is on pre-sale now. Order your copy now, for it's summer debut.


Tell us about your favorite spring flowering plants. What do you love about them. Their color? Their fragrance? The memories they inspire?

Do you Have Spring Flowering Plants?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have snowdrops, crocuses, some kind of little blue flower, and some tulips in my backyard. People in my town have absolutely gorgeous gardens! I've been inspired to start working on my front yard. Got a good start last year, and plan to do more this summer!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      I'd sure walk out of my way to see your beautiful garden! Love the picture of Darby with the daffs. Inspiring lens!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      what an inspiration. Spring colors really brighten our mood after a long, drab winter. I hope everyone tries to emulate your lovely plantings.