Flower Bulbs to Plant in Spring

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As we are heading for better weather, I have moved away from my indoor house plant ideas and ventured into the garden. Here are my suggestions for the top 10 flowers for planting in spring.

Trachelospermum Asiaticum ‘Pink Showers’

The first ever evergreen Star Jasmine with pink scented Flowers; now available to UK gardeners.

This climbing plant is a hot, fragrant favourite, and an exciting breakthrough in colour breeding.

With its typical jasmine fragrance filling the garden with a seductive perfume, you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise.

Top tip; although hardy, when in unusually cold areas, Trachelospermum is best grown in containers which can be moved to a protected position over winter, as it dislikes cold, drying winds.

Flowers to plant in spring

Click here to fill your garden with the most fantastic perfume from this rarely available pink jasmine!

Callistemon Viminalis ‘Hot Pink’

A fabulous new colour addition to the fantastic bottlebrush family.

Usually red, this is the first widely available pink, and what a neon pink it is too!

Each flower is made up of thousands of thin petals, each pollen-rich, so they become a mecca for bees and butterflies early in the season.

Top tip: Callistemon will flower best when grown in full sun in moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered position away from cold winds.

Flowers to plant in spring

Click here to see why it’s called a Bottlebrush Plant!

Canna ‘Canasta’

Here is this exciting new seed-raised compact Canna variety, the result of years of breeding and selection.

Canna is a real summer dazzler; their exotic and exuberant coloured flowers are set off by lush, jungle-like green or purple and brown leaves, giving a real taste of the tropical, yet they are very tough and hardy.

‘Canasta’ is a dwarf series, reaching only 60cm or so tall, so are perfect for planting in big pots. Canna will form tubers over two to three years, so give them space; for colossal impact, plant all six in a 30 to 35cm diameter pot.

Flowers to plant in spring

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Mediterranean Flowering Oleander Collection

Summer-long flowers, fully hardy; perfect for your patio!

One of the UK’s favourite exotics, Oleander adds a real Mediterranean feel to your patio.

Sweetly perfumed pink, red and white blooms stand out against their vibrant green, glossy foliage.

Top tip; best grown in a large pot, in full sun, so it can be moved to shelter in winter to keep looking at its best.

Flowers to plant in spring

Click here to see a plant which looks stunning in a terracotta pot!

Bottlebrush Plant Callistemon Citrinus

This unique exotic ‘bottlebrush plant’ has the most eye-catching fluffy red cylindrical flower heads during late spring and summer; hence the name!

It produces the most delicious lemony citrus scent as you brush past it; a fragrance so different from other common plants in the garden.

It’s a very versatile plant and perfect as a specimen in the lawn, against a wall or fence, or looks stunning planted in large pots as a tropical feature on the patio.

Flowers to plant in spring

Click here to add a delicious scent, loved by bees and butterflies!

Musella Lasiocarpa: Hardy Golden Lotus Banana

Grown for its fabulous, large, paddle-shaped leaves as an architectural focal point.

The toughest and hardiest of all the ornamental bananas in the UK.

Does not produce fruit though, but does create an exotic yellow flower after five to six years.

Top tip; it is much shorter and less vigorous than other banana plants at around four to five feet tall maximum, making it ideal for large pots in small gardens. Grown in full sun or shade, it makes a great talking point.

Flowers to plant in spring

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Pink Oleander Standard 80 to 100cm

These Mediterranean beauties will add height, colour and sweet fragrance to your garden for years!

A riot of gorgeous pink, sweetly scented flowers and rich evergreen foliage!

Flowering all summer long, they are wonderfully exotic, yet can survive a UK winter to minus five degrees too.

Flowers to plant in spring

Click here to see how they literally thrive on neglect!

Callistemon ‘Bottlebrush’ Standard

Fabulous bottlebrush-like brightest red flowers in late spring and summer; stunning detail on each strand.

A magnet for bees and butterflies when in flower, which need attracting to our gardens to pollinate food crops.

This standard form on a clear stem looks excellent in a big pot, on the patio.

Flowers to plant in spring

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Hardy Bromeliad Fascicularia Bicolour

Fasicularia bicolour is an unusual and attractive plant which will be a talking feature in your garden.

Its brilliant colours erupt along with the leaves, giving this hardy plant a tropical appearance.

This unique evergreen plant produces bright red leaves leading to the rosettes of colourful blue flowers.

Flowers to plant in spring

Top tip; it grows to about 50cm, so it is perfect for containers or pots; put it in a sunny spot on your patio, and it will thrive for years to come.

Click here for the ‘Chilean Hardy Pineapple’!

Architectural Banana Plant Collection: Three Varieties

Bananas have become very popular in the last few years, mainly for their large architectural leaves.

Wonderfully exotic, and great for adding architectural impact to gardens, this trio of banana plants will look especially impressive.

Create a unique, tropical jungle look to your garden, while you sit back and enjoy the warm, summer sun.

Top tip; the red banana is borderline hardy, so they’re best grown in pots and moved indoors over winter.

Flowers to plant in spring

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12 thoughts on “Flower Bulbs to Plant in Spring”

  1. Thank you for your article. I had never seen the Callistemon Viminalis ‘Hot Pink’ before. It really caught my eye. I know you said it needs direct sunlight and requires moist soil. How often do you water it and how long is this plant in bloom for? I think that I am really going to look in to adding these to my flower bed!

    • Hi – thank you for commenting on my article. It does require regular watering, maybe two or three times per week,
      and feeding with a general-purpose liquid feed in the growing season. It generally flowers between March and May. All the best, Diane

  2. These are beautiful flowers! I love to have a yard and garden full of bright blooms and have been working on setting up a new home with the right mix of plants. Having moved recently, we’re still trying to figure out how much light we’ll have in different places throughout the seasons. This post is extremely helpful to know the top flowers to plant in Spring! Thank you!

    • Hi – thank you so much for your nice comments. I hope you are settling into your new home. Its never too early to start thinking about planting for Spring to ensure you have a gorgeous display next year! All the best, Diane.

  3. Lots of lovely ideas here. I particularly like hardy bromeliad – what an amazing mixture of colours and textures in one plant! I also am very taken with the Musella Lasiocarapa – I had no idea there was such a thing as a hardy banana plant. I have a white evergreen jasmine which doesn’t do much in the way of flowering any more so I’ll consider replacing it with the pink one you list. And I have a growing family of Callistemons – great for bees and butterflies – so thank you for some more suggestions.

    • Hi – thanks for dropping by and reading my article. I love exotic flowers and you have mentioned two of my favourites. Who would have thought you can grow these in the UK climate? All the best, Diane

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for taking  the time to write such a great article on the top 1p flowers for planting in spring, I’m sure it will be of interest to all those avid gardeners. The pictures and descriptions of the flowers are excellent some really caught my eye, including the Callistemon Viminalis ‘Hot Pink’ and the Trachelospermum Asiaticum ‘Pink Showers’ beautiful.

    Well done and keep up the good work.


    • Hi Fintan – thank you for commenting on my article. I am pleased you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something new. All the best, Diane

  5. Hello there. I love flowers for some reasons including the fact that they’re beautiful and attractive and they’re source of fresh air in our surroundings or homes (of course all plants are). Thank you for sharing these top ten flowers for planting in spring. I love the different shapes and colours and I must admit that I have not seen most of these flowers. Excited to know about them.


    • Hi – thank you for reading my article on spring flowers. I hope it has given you some ideas as to how to improve the look of your garden next year. All the best, Diane

  6. hello, i really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i have actually seen the canna but i dont know if its the exact description or not, but the colour fascinates me. and i would really love to have a garden full of these different species. thanks

    • Hi – thank you for taking the time to comment. I am pleased you enjoyed my article, and I hope you learned something new. All the best, Diane


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