Spring Blooming Landscape Plants
Spring Blooming Plants for Arkansas
There is nothing like seeing the first blooms of spring to really kick off this beautiful Arkansas season. If your landscape could use an infusion of spring blooms, check these beauties out!
“What are all those yellow flowering bushes I see blooming right now”? These are forsythia plants (above), and when they flower, it definitely means SPRING. Our favorite forsythia right now is ‘ShowOff’ Forsythia. This spring bloomer is more compact than the older varieties and has a much improved flower display. ‘ShowOff’ is great in landscapes and makes an excellent cut flower.
Spirea ‘Bridalwreath’ aka Vanhoutte (above) is one of those shrubs that when people are describing them, they use their arms to help explain their 8 ft tall and 10 ft wide stature, long graceful weeping foliage covered in white flowers. A true showstopper!
Quince has long been a spring favorite and there are great new varieties to choose from. Meet ‘Scarlet Storm’ Double Take Quince (above), an improved variety of this heirloom favorite. Scarlet Storm is a medium, rounded, multi-trunk shrub, producing large 2-2.5″ gorgeous true red blooms during the spring. Grows to approximately 4-5 feet, and is eye-catching when planted alone or in a grouping. This variety is fruitless, meaning less mess to clean up. Deer resistant too… what’s not to love?!
Another show stopping spring blooming large shrub or small specimen tree is ‘Royal Star’ Magnolia, featuring large double frilly blooms. Mature size is approximately 10 to 12 feet tall and wide. Some people shy away from deciduous plants but just take a look at how well these blooms show up on bare branches. This magnolia has excellent heat and cold tolerance. AND it’s fragrant!
This has been one of our favorite small trees and for good reason. ‘Rising Sun’ Redbud features purple spring blooms, and striking heart shaped, multi-colored foliage, with orange, gold, green and yellow leaves all on the tree at the same time. New leaves are orange, then they fade to a bright yellow and finally, they are a wonderful medium green. Rising Sun offers many seasons of visual interest! Mature size is 8-12 feet tall, with a spread of 8 feet.
Looking for something lower growing that blooms from April until November? Drift Roses may be your answer. The one pictured above is Peach Drift and there are many other colors to choose from. Drift roses are easy care, vigorous growing and cold hardy. And check out those glossy, dark green leaves. The low spreading habit makes Drift roses perfect for small spaces, in borders or along paths. Drift Roses work well planted around established plants. They are also disease resistance.
We have a new Indian Hawthorn called ‘Southern Moon’; love the plant AND the name too. This plant has shown strong disease resistance and features a dense, mounding habit. In spring, a profusion of white flowers covers the shrub just prior to the new flush of foliage. Leaves are glossy, deep green with wavy margins. Excellent for foundation plantings. Southern Moon grows larger (5-6 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide) than ‘Pinkie’ or ‘Snow White’, making a good larger-growing, foundation plant.
Ahh, Azaleas. Let’s not forget about the classic spring beauty that we all know and love. Variety is the spice of life, and in the Azalea world, we have it all. They all bloom in the spring and the Encore Azaleas even bloom in the fall. The one picture above is ‘Fashion’, a tried and true favorite.
The Camellia japonicas are in full bloom and this variety, ‘Silver Waves’, keeps catching our attention! Abundant, large, silvery white, yellow-centered, semi-double blooms contrast the glossy dark green leaves beautifully. An excellent early to mid-season bloomer for our area. Use to accent part shade beds, or mass in foundation plantings or to create a flowering evergreen hedge. A wonderful choice for espalier to dress up a drab wall.
Yes, more magnolias because they are so wonderful! The one pictured above is a ‘Jane’ Magnolia, but there are other purple blooming varieties too such as ‘Galaxy’, ‘Felix Jury’ and ‘Black Tulip’. They are all very great plants.
Whew, these are just a few of the spring blooming landscape trees and shrubs we love so much. All of these images were taken today, all of these plants are in bloom as we speak (end of March 2019). We love helping you figure out which plants might work the best in your space; bring a picture, talk to us about how much sun the area gets and we will give you some recommendations!