Spring Flowers and Plants

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Spectabilis) is a spring flower that gets it’s name from the heart like shape of the flowers it blooms. They are a pinky rose color that hang off of their stems. Even though most are a rose color, some come in white. The foliage of the Bleeding Heart is almost as beautiful as the flower itself. The leaves are a blue green color, and look almost fern like. This is one of the more romantic spring flowers. Bleeding Heart begins to grow in late spring, and continue into the early summer.

Growing Bleeding Heart Flowers

Red Bleeding Heart Flower

Red Bleeding Heart Flower

The best thing about planting Bleeding Heart bulbs is that they are perennials. So you can grow these gorgeous flowers year after year. They grow best in rich soil, with some shade. It is ideal to plant these in a partially shaded area.

This flower will grow between 2 to 2 ½ feet tall. They need to be spaced out a bit when you plant them. Plant them about 2 feet apart and they should grow nicely. They are a great flower to have for cutting and using in bouquets. They are sure to brighten up any flower arrangement.

There is also a fringed type of this flower. It is a little different from the original. They are slightly smaller and produce a different type of foliage. They have a lacy look to their leaves.

The fringed version lives a bit longer than the original. It begins blooming in late spring and continues growing into early fall. They sometimes die during a drought, but can begin to grow again well into the beginning of fall.

Just like the original, the fringed version grows best in rich soil with some shade above. The maintenance for both of these plants consists of mulching them in the beginning of spring, and keeping them hydrated.

Whatever version of this flower you choose they are sure to be a lovely addition to any flower garden.

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Forsythia

Forsythia is a shrub that you see growing in the spring. They are full of small yellow flowers. The flowers line the stems from bottom to top. Small green leaves also accompany the flowers.

They grow out wide, and tall. They can get to be as tall and wide as 6 to 8 feet. If you decide to prune it don’t do it to much, the flowers will not grow correctly.

Forsythia

Forsythia

Pruning them is something that is not needed often. Instead only prune the bush every few years. Only trim it back about 1/3rd of the way.

These bushes look great planted anywhere. You can use it to pair up with other plants or you can use it as a border in your gardens. I have even seen it used as a stand-alone plant, and it looks spectacular.

The little bell shaped yellow flowers seem to hang delicately off the stems. It’s wild look of the branches splaying everywhere looks like a wild spring day.

If you have begun to grow the plant indoors, and you want to start to grow it outside, simply take the plants out from late winter to early summer and plant them.

If you have bought the plant, space them out about one whole plant apart and plant them in the ground,

They require little to no care at all. In the beginning you just have to make sure to keep the soil moist. You can grow this shrub in sunlight or partially shaded areas.

This is a great plant to have because animals tend to stay away from it. Therefore you can keep them nice and full. No critters biting off flowers are a plus!

At the end of its growing season, cut off all dead stems, but be careful of too much pruning. Remember pruning your plant too much will result in poor flowering the following spring.

If you like the looks of your plant outside, cut a few pieces off and take it indoors. It will look very pretty mixed with some other spring flowers in a vase as a centerpiece on a table.

Whatever you choose to do, you can enjoy them all season long!

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Sweet Pea Flowers

Sweet Pea flowers (Lathyrus odoratus) are the April birth month flower. They are considered to be vines, and they have a very dainty look to them, and a great scent.

Even though they grow from a vine, these flowers can be cut and used in a vase, either with a flower arrangement, or on their own.

The delicate flowers on the vine look like seashells hanging from lovely green foliage. Sweet Pea flowers come in many colors such as pink, yellow, white, purple, red, or blue. Some can be composed of two colors.

Once they begin to grow, they can reach up to 10 feet tall. They grow from the spring into the summer. They grow the best in cooler weather. They will wilt away and die in areas of hot temperatures.

They can be annual or perennial. Perennial Sweet Pea is a little bit more long lasting then the annuals. They live longer, and can thrive in even hot weather conditions.

Make sure you know which variety you are planting, so that you pick the best spot for that particular type.

In order to grow this pretty looking vine, you have to soak the seeds through the night, and then plant them in cool moist soil. If you want to grow them before it is time to plant them outside, simply begin to grow them in peat pots.

When they are ready to be planted in the ground, dig a deep whole and plant the whole thing in the ground. Be sure to include the peat pots. It is best to plant the whole thing so that you do not bother the growing process.

If you are going to grow this vine along a trellis, plant the trellis before you plant the flowers. This is so that when the flower begins to grow, it can find the support it will be growing on.

One problem with this plant is that the animals love to eat it. You can either spray the plant with something that will deter critters away, or you can fence in your trellis with Sweet Pea growing from it.

If you are growing the perennial variety, they will reseed themselves each year.

Whichever type you choose, you will surely enjoy them.

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Solomons Seal Plant

Solomons seal plant (Polygonatum) is a perennial that grows from spring all the way through to fall. It is a tough plant that grows well in the shade.

This is another versatile plant that can survive in any temperature. No matter how hot or cold the temperature gets, Solomons seal will be just fine.

This is a great plant to have because it can also survive with no maintenance. If you do not have time to take care of plants, but you would like a beautiful plant for your garden, this is the plant for you.

The first signs of this plant are the stems that grow up from the ground and lean towards the sun. Along each stem are leaves that can be green or a mix of green and cream.

In the spring, tiny white flowers grow from the foliage. In autumn, before the plant goes dormant, little fruits grow instead of the flowers.

To grow this perennial, plant it in a spot with some shade. It also will grow best if planted in well-drained soil. Plant plants that have already begun to grow in containers in the spring.

Make sure you plant it with the right side up. You should be able to tell the top from the bottom by how it grew in the container.

This plant is very delicate in its beginning stages, so be careful not to hurt or damage it. Once it is planted in the ground, cover it with soil. You can also mulch the top of the soil.

This is another plant that spreads out as it grows. If it gets too bushy looking or to over grown, dig out what you want to move in the beginning of spring. If you uproot the plant before it begins to really grow, it will be easier to move.

Once you take out part of the plant, you can replant it in another spot. Plant them the same way you planted the first one in the beginning.

With this maintenance free plant, you will b sure to enjoy it each season that it returns.

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Primrose Flower

Primrose flower (Primula) is a plant that has a very large number of different species. They are predominantly perennials, but there are a few that can be grown as annuals.

Because of the name, some may think that the Primrose belongs to the rose family. It does not.

Primrose Flower

Primrose Flower

They are small flowers, usually with five petals or more, that grow among bright green leafy foliage.

They grow in clusters off of stems. You can have your pick from colors like pink, yellow, red, blue-violet, and white.

Some are also two toned: one color in the middle, with another color edging the petals.

Most of the species of this plant are very difficult to grow. There are however, a few of the species that are easier to grow.

Japanese Primrose is very easy to maintain. Just make sure it is planted in a soil that is moist, and keep it well hydrated.

Those that are hard to grow, plant them in areas with partial shade, and in soil that is moist with a slightly acidic pH.

The easiest way to grow them is to begin by planting already purchased plants. Start right in the beginning of spring.

Since they like a soil with an acidic pH, you could put some type of acidic organic matter, or fertilizer to boost their growth and longevity.

The flowers will last for several weeks. Once they go away, the foliage will last until the middle of summer. Then they go dormant until the next spring.

If you choose to grow these plants by seeds, they will take a while longer to grow. The best way to grow them is by dividing and replanting.

Primrose

Primrose

You should divide the plants every few years to promote regrowth.

If you choose not to plant these flowers outdoors because they are difficult to grow, another option may be to grow them indoors.

Keep them in a room that is on the cool side and well lit. You can have them as a winter plant to brighten up the grayness of the winter season.

This plant is known more commonly to be a spring flower, but there are some more gentle varieties that grow indoors during the winter.

Primrose flower is a wonderful plant to grow indoors because they bloom in so many bright and cheerful colors. You can have your pick from colors like red, pink, purple, lilac, mauve and white.

The flower can grow to be about 12 inches tall.

They grow best in a soil that contains hummus. You should have them growing in a room where temperatures do not exceed 60 degrees in the day time and have a drop of 10 degrees at night.
Keep them under a fluorescent light for at least 12 hours a day to be sure that they continue to grow in good health.

Feed your Primroses with a fertilizer about once to twice a month and water them so that the soil stays evenly moist.

They also like to be replanted each year in a new pot. It’s almost like cabin fever to them by being kept in the same pot all year round.
Colors like these are sure to brighten up even the bluest of winter blues.

This is really one of my favorite winter flowers because they remind me of spring. Not only with their colors, but also with the style of the petals, the shape they have, and the color of the foliage.

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