20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

June Rose Gardens

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet

I love flowers. I always have, and probably always will. This year, I’m more excited than usual to get planting — I have a garden to plant, a blank slate. Before my family and I moved to Prague, my gardens at our former house overflowed with flowers. Now that we are back in the US and have a yard to plant again, I’m ready to work on it and turn it into a place like the photograph below.

June gardens at the peak of bloom
June gardens at the peak of bloom

Gardens, flowers, and nature have long been inspiration for poets, writers, and painters. None is more famous than Monet’s Water Lilies or Van Gogh’s Irises, great paintings of flowers and gardens as Muse. For me, a beautiful backyard garden is one of the greatest parts of living. A beautiful backyard becomes an accessible daily retreat.

June Gardens, seats for two
June Gardens, seats for two

For me, at this time of year, as the brown, wintry grass begins to green, I once again remember how very much I love flowers. The color, the fragrance, the day-after-day beauty. I love it all. If only the world were covered in flowers …

Amsterdam Flower Markets Painting
Amsterdam Flower Markets Painting

Here, I’m posting 20 of my favorite flowers, most photographs taken from my former backyard gardens. For me, it’s a feast of color.

20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

Will Goodwin Clematis
Will Goodwin Clematis
Purple Bearded Iris
Purple Bearded Iris
Penstemon, a hummingbird favorite
Penstemon, a hummingbird favorite
Echinacea
Echinacea
Gemini hybrid tea rose
Gemini hybrid tea rose
Peter Mayle rose
Peter Mayle rose
Inspector L Peony
Inspector L Peony
Peony
Peony
spider daylily
Daylily
Poet's Daffodil
Poet’s Daffodil
Becky Daisy
Becky Daisy
About Face Rose
About Face Rose
July gardens, with Pandora's Box daylily, Litrum, Becky daisy, and Russian Sage
July gardens, with Pandora’s Box daylily, Litrum, Becky daisy, and Russian Sage
A swath of daisies
A swath of daisies
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Endless Summer Hydrangea

 

Hibiscus
Hibiscus

 

Jeanne La Joie climbing rose
Jeanne La Joie climbing rose
True Blue Delphinium
True Blue Delphinium
Nepeta (Catmint) and May Night Salvia, with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Nepeta (Catmint) and May Night Salvia, with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Can you think of any flowers I’ve missed? What are your favorite flowers to plant in your gardens? I’d love to hear what your favorites are … Happy planting for a beautiful spring and summer!

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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13 thoughts on “20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

  1. I love this, Jennifer. Your garden is beautiful. I can see why you’re so keen to get started again. And I’m right there with you. I have a couple of small spaces in our front yard that I’m itching to get back to, and this year would really like to begin working in our backyard. Behind our house, just beyond the property line, is heavily wooded so during spring and summer, when those trees are brimming with leaves, certain spots in our backyard don’t get a lot of sun. I planted a few shade loving plants back there last year, and they did well, so I’m not giving up. I will have my backyard garden retreat. Now if only I could keep the dogs from doing their business on the flowers.

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    1. We also have a wooded line at the edge of our yard, and it sits at the top of a steep slope, which is a challenge. It’s going to be a process, as the gardens were at our former house, but it’s a fun work-in-progress. We’ve already ripped the yew shrubs from the front of our house (too much trimming) and so the work begins. Happy planting, and thank you, Cathleen!

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  2. You’re so talented, Jennifer. I could spend all day admiring your photographs! Now I ache for spring and summer more than ever.

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  3. I would add lilacs, dahlias, and zinnias to the list. I live in Utah (second driest state) and envy those of you who live in states with more precipitation. I’d love to grow hydrangeas but have been unsuccessful so far because of our weather (or my lack of expertise.) Roses, on the other hand, do quite well here, and we don’t have to worry as much about common rose problems.

    Jennifer, your photos are beautiful. I hope you’ve decorated your house with some of them. What fun it would be to print some of them on muslin and then sew into summer throw pillows.
    You’ll have to show some photos at summer’s end of your new gardens.

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Yes, for certain I’ll share more of what I’m working on as the season comes. First up will be a few photos of the rose garden. I’m hoping the handful I planted last summer survived this harsh winter. I love your idea of printing photographs on muslin to turn into throw pillows. I do have a few about the house, but most of our walls are covered with paintings. 🙂

      Happy planting and enjoy the change into spring!

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  4. I don’t have a green thumb, but there is a beautiful botanic garden within walking distance from my house where I can appreciate many of these beautiful flowers. I think my favorite are the hydrangea.

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