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When spring is just around the corner, it's time to awaken the heralds of spring, fragrant flowers and balcony plants. Spring flowers are a gorgeous and pleasant sight to behold after a long period of darkness, and make an attractive accent in the home and garden. From tulips and daffodils to forget-me-nots and crocuses, there are numerous species that are perfect for gardens, flower pots and as the occasional guest in a vase.

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For centuries, spring flowers have been one of the most popular ways to say goodbye to winter and prepare for spring and the sun. There are a wide variety of colors, shapes and scents that can be found in the garden, on the balcony or on the window sill. One thing that all spring flowers have in common is their thirst for sun and plenty of light, only a few of the species tolerate darkness for short periods of time. Therefore, when choosing the flowers, you should choose a location that is sunlit and not too cold. Since the individual flowers have different bloom times over the spring, they are sorted as follows.

  • March
  • April
  • May

A big advantage of the plants is their compatibility with the still cool temperatures. Many of the flowers can easily be kept outdoors and in the flower pot at the same time. Since the following species are robust heralds of spring, they only need to be protected from frost to unfold their blooms. The color spectrum of the spring flowers ranges from magnificent yellow through various shades of blue and purple to the classic white of the lily of the valley. Let yourself be inspired by the flowers that want to beautify your spring.

In March

The first colors appear in March

March is marked by the first real spring flowers, which draw attention to themselves with their wealth of colors and drive away the last bit of tiredness from winter. Many of the flowering species at this time are perfectly suited for keeping in plant pots and tubs and can therefore easily be placed on the balcony or terrace. The spring flowers are described in detail below.

flower samples

tulips

Tulips (Tulipa) are a well-known spring flower that blooms in many different colors from March to May. They are universally popular as cut flowers and the distinctive calyx is the flower's distinguishing feature.

  • Flower color: white to orange to green, also multicolored
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
tulips

march mug

Known as the spring snowflake, the March cup (Leucojum vernum) has drooping calyxes that many people mistake for snowdrops. They grow to a height of 30 centimeters and are popular with insects.

  • Flower color: white
  • Location: garden
March cup, Leucojum vernum

crocus

Everyone knows the first crocus flowers in March and the small calyxes are just as colorful as the tulips. Their low height of up to 15 centimeters makes them perfect as an accent in your own garden.

  • Flower color: white, lilac, yellow, violet
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Crocus Meadow

Radiant Anemone

Star-shaped flowers define Anemone blanda, also known as Balkan Anemone and closely related to Hepatica.

  • Flower color: white, crimson
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
Apennine anemone, Anemone apennina

Yellow Daffodils

Daffodils are probably one of the most important companions in spring and are popular with everyone. The calyx, reminiscent of a trumpet, defines this typical spring flower.

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Location: garden, flower pot
daffodils

Sweet Violet

The sweet violet is ideal for bee lovers, because the flowers of Viola odorata emit a beguiling scent for pollinators. One of the most fragrant spring flowers in March.

  • Flower color: white to purple
  • Location: garden, vase
violet, viola

Garden Hyacinths

Hyacinthus orientalis is one of the poisonous spring flowers and can cause skin irritation. Nevertheless, the shape and the green bed of leaves are a real eye-catcher in the garden.

  • Flower color: violet blue, white
  • Location: garden, flower pot
hyacinth

coltsfoot

The coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara, often resembles the well-known dandelion with its sun-yellow flowers, but is an important medicinal plant. It forms long root suckers that are several meters long and is therefore not suitable for pots.

  • Flower color: sunny yellow
  • Location: garden
coltsfoot

wood anemone

Ah, the wood anemone. Anemone nemorosa has lush green leaves and a pure white flower similar in shape to Hepatica (Anemone hepatica).

  • Flower color: pure white
  • Location: garden
wood anemone

squills

Scilla is known as a spring flower, which can be found primarily in parks, gardens and avenues.

  • Flower color: soft blue
  • Location: garden, vase
squill

Daisy (Bellis perennis)

  • Flower color: white, blue, pink, purple
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Blue Daisy

Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)

  • Flower color: violet
  • Location: garden
Pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris

Hepatica (Anemone hepatica)

  • Flower color: purple
  • Location: garden, vase
Balkan Anemone, Anemone blanda

Reticulated iris (Iris reticulata)

  • Flower color: light blue, purplish violet
  • Location: garden
Reticulated iris, Iris reticulata

Snowglow (Chionodoxa)

  • Flower color: white, blue
  • Location: garden

In April

April is colourful

While the first March flowers are already attractively displayed in unique colors in the garden, April is also characterized by small beauties.

flower samples

Common night violet

Hesperis matronalis is a perennial plant, typically biennial, and can grow up to 70 centimeters tall. It has four flowers and numerous colors.

  • Flower color: from white to crimson
  • Location: garden, vase

dandelion

The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is known for its deep yellow flowers and seeds that children love to blow into the air. Hence the nickname "dandelion". All parts of the plant are edible except for the roots.

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
dandelion

White daffodils

Like the yellow daffodils, white daffodils are a welcome guest in the garden. Known as the poet's narcissus, Narcissus poeticus looks like its yellow cousin and shares similar characteristics. However, it grows ten centimeters taller and after a few years it only blooms a little.

  • Flower color: white
  • Location: garden, flower pot
White daffodils

pansies

The pansies are a true classic for the balcony, terrace and flower beds in the front yard. The colorful violets are a perennial favorite and don't look old or boring at all. They grow to a maximum height of six centimeters and can easily be grown with other plants. They look almost like a colorful carpet due to their small size.

  • Flower color: colorful
  • Location: garden, flower pot
pansies

Alyssum

Alyssum or stone herbs are golden yellow in bloom and are often planted in large groups in the garden. With a size of up to 20 centimetres, they are a magnificent sight when there are enough specimens and are also extremely good as a plant in the vase.

  • Flower color: golden yellow
  • Location: garden, vase
Rock Alyssum, Alyssum saxatile

spring carnation

The scented plant Dianthus plumarius fills the nose with a fresh spring scent. Its romantic leaves are reminiscent of beautiful feathers, hence the name.

  • Flower color: white, reddish
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Carnations, Dianthus

Chess Flower (Fritillaria meleagris)

  • Flower color: purple with checkerboard pattern
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
chess flower

Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

  • Flower color: white, pink, light blue
  • Location: garden
bluebells

Spring Cowslip (Primula veris)

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Cowslip, Primula veris

Armenian grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

  • Flower color: light to dark blue
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
Grape hyacinths, muscari

Pushkinia (Puschkinia scilloides)

  • Flower color: soft blue, crossed by dark blue stripes
  • Location: garden, vase
Puschkinia, Puschkinia scilloides

In May

Flowers enjoy numerous hours of sunshine in May

In contrast to the previous months, May is the epitome of sunny spring and can come up with these spring flowers.

flower samples

buttercup

Also known as the common buttercup (Ranunculus acris), it is closely related to the creeping buttercup (below) and is one of the most well-known spring flowers. The shiny flowers, which sit on long shoots, are well known to everyone who has already walked through German meadows. They reach a height of over a meter.

  • Flower color: yellow
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Woolly buttercup, Ranunculus lanuginosus

Creeping buttercup

Extremely similar in appearance to the buttercup, Ranunculus repens is an equally popular plant. Since they form roots up to 50 centimeters, these flowers are particularly suitable for the garden or high flower pots.

  • Flower color: golden yellow
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Gold Buttercup, Ranunculus auricomus

crying heart

The Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) is a poppy plant that has a particularly romantic and even a little melancholic effect with its hanging flowers. The flowers are heart-shaped and the plant reaches a national height of up to 80 centimeters. A classic spring flower.

  • Flower color: pink
  • Location: garden, vase
Bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis

poppy

The corn poppy is also very well known for its deep red flowers, which is why it is also called corn rose. The flower grows up to 60 centimeters high and has always been cut off and placed in a vase, as the flower likes to sprout.

  • Flower color: deep red
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
Corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas

lily of the valley

Of course, the lily of the valley must not be forgotten. Convallaria majalis is typical with the pendulous flowers resembling small bells that attract pollinators with their distinctive, sweet scent. The poisonous plant of the year 2014 is firmly anchored in the hearts of Germans and is always a pleasure to see in spring.

  • Flower color: white
  • Location: garden, vase
lily of the valley

forget Me Not

Forget-me-not is as popular as the lily of the valley. Myosotis is often cut and placed in a vase because the flower has a wide variety of colors and is easy to care for. The flower is a symbol of love and romantic feelings and numerous legends surround these spring flowers.

  • Flower color: colorful
  • Location: garden, flower pot
Forget-me-not, Myosotis

Meadow Marguerite (Leucanthemum vulgare)

  • Flower color: white
  • Location: garden, vase
daisies

Turkish poppy (Papaver orientale)

  • Flower color: bright red
  • Location: garden, flower pot, vase
Turkish poppy, Papaver orientale

Common peony (Paeonia officinalis)

  • Flower color: colorful
  • Location: garden, vase
peonies

Blood-red cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)

  • Flower color: bright red and violet
  • Location: garden, pot
Cranesbill, Geranium nodosum

ornamental onion (Allium)

  • Flower color: white, blue, yellow, magenta, violet
  • Location: garden, vase
ornamental onion, allium

Cymbalaria muralis (Cymbalaria muralis)

  • Flower color: pink, violet
  • Location: garden, pot

Cinnamon Rose (Rosa majalis)

  • Flower color: pink to crimson
  • Location: garden, vase

Spring Aster (Aster alpinus)

  • Flower color: violet, blue, pink, white
  • Location: garden

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