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Ten Top Plants for Early Spring Colour

As the worst of the winter weather slowly begins to fade, the time once again comes to inject colour and life into your garden. From first-timers to established garden designers at the highest level, now’s the time to see what’s on offer from your local trade plant nursery. Even though it may be some time before the weather warms up significantly, there are some hardy early-spring blooms that can make a real difference to your garden.

The following ten examples have been chosen for their durability and beauty – perfect for getting started with as early as March. So if looking to get a head-start on things this year, talk to your local trade plant nursery today about any of the following:

1. Amelanchier lamarkii

Producing the most wonderful frost-white flowers, this highly durable specimen is the kind of year-round staple that could work wonders in almost any garden. Great for the early spring, its colours are particularly spectacular in the autumn when the foliage develops a rich rusted orange hue.

2. Brunnera

The stunning sparkle of Brunnera makes it a firm favourite among garden designers worldwide and a top-pick for this time of year. Great for shaded borders and highly forgiving when the weather isn’t at its best, the heart-shaped leaves have the most wonderful metallic sheen that brings a touch of magic throughout the year.

3. Clematis montana

A top-seller for more trade plant nurseries, clematis montana is a ruthless climber the likes of which makes short work of fences, trees and most vertical surfaces. Rapid results guaranteed, though far too vigorous to be used in smaller gardens where space is limited.

4. Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Dicentra spectablis)

Often referred to by its unofficial moniker of Bleeding Heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis is extremely easy to work with and perfect for shaded areas of the garden. Bursting into life every spring with a wonderful splash of colour, the rose-pink flowers produced as the weather begins to warm are simply enchanting.

5. Aubrieta

Aubrieta typically fades into the background and goes overlooked throughout the year, until it really hits its stride by the end of March. Gorgeously rich and dense foliage that’s a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects, along with the kind of durability that makes it a great choice for even the most exposed areas of the garden.

6. Erica darleyensis (Heather)

After plummeting in popularity for some time, heather is finally gaining the recognition it deserves once again. Potentially stunning when planted strategically, it’s the way in which heather can survive even the worst weather thrown at it that makes it such a dependable and endearing choice. Explore the various heathers available at your local trade plant nursery.

7. Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Ruby Glow’

Ruby-red foliage, purple stems and green flowers – a symphony of colour the likes of which welcomes the spring in unbeatable style. Find a sunny spot around the garden and you’ll be treated to a wonderful show from March to May, though there are plenty of other species available if you don’t like this particular ruby-glow variety.

8. Forsythia

Forsythia is another example of the kind of bloom that happily fades into the background throughout the year, only to strut its stuff in superb style during March and April. The once-unassuming stems suddenly give way to glowing yellow flowers, transforming a somewhat uninspiring corner of your garden into an eye-catching work of art.

9. Magnolia stellata

Magnolias are considered to be the very essence of elegance by many – the fact that they’re also so durable and weather-tolerant serving as an added bonus. Along with a beautiful burst of colour just as soon as spring comes calling, the fragrance magnolias release into the air is no less than intoxicating. A firm favourite among garden designers and trade plant nurseries alike.

10. Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’

Last but not least, there’s no more revered harbinger of spring than the beautiful cherry blossom. The good news being that with Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’, it isn’t necessary to grow towering cherry trees for years to produce tons of the stunning pink-white stuff every spring. This specimen grows to no more than about 8 feet in height and yet is generous in the extreme.

Speak to your local trade plant nursery for more information on the very best blooms to get started with this spring.



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