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Spring Garden Flowers That Bring Joy

I’m so happy that my spring garden flowers look as beautiful as they do.

We had such a gray and dismal winter here in New Jersey.

The sun rarely made an appearance and it was long!

Add to that the current state of the world and happy spring flowers are just what the doctor ordered.

There has never been a better time to get outside among the pretty flowers.

I am truly grateful the spring gardening season is here because it is pure joy to see so much beauty every day.

And every day, that beauty changes and grows into something more beautiful.

Nature is truly amazing.

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What Flowers Bloom in Spring?

There are so many flowers that bloom in spring.

Here is a list of some of my favorites:

  • tulips
  • daffodils
  • hyacinth
  • alliums
  • hellebores
  • crocus
  • iris
  • roses
  • peonies
  • nepeta
  • salvia
  • lavender

What Flowers Grow Best in Spring

The flowers that grow best in spring will depend on where you live and what hardiness zone you are.

For my New Jersey, Zone 6a Garden, there are many, many types of flowers that grow best in spring.

Here are some of my favorites for early spring garden flowers:

  • hellebores (lenten rose)
  • tulips
  • daffodils
  • crocus
  • alliums
  • hyacinths
  • pansies
  • forget-me-nots
  • creeping phlox
daffodils and tulips in the spring garden

Early Spring Garden Flowers that Bring Joy

After a long cold, dark winter, there is nothing quite like the emergence of spring garden flowers.

Plant these to get early spring blooms in the garden.

tulips and daffodils blooming in the Early Spring in the Cottage Garden


While tulips should be planted in fall, you can also purchase them full-grown from local nurseries.

There are several varieties to choose from and they are beyond gorgeous as the flowers fade and the petals drop.

If deer are a problem in your area, follow these deer proofing strategies to protect tulips from decimation.

They are a deer favorite in early spring!

close up of white Early Spring Tulips
close up of pink Tulips that are amazing spring garden flowers that bring joy


Much like tulips, daffodils are typically planted in fall.

However, they can also be purchased as full-grown plants in early spring.

There are several varieties to choose from as well.

close up of Daffodils that are deer resistant flowers

Lately, I’ve been into these double-flowering narcissus.

Aren’t they beautiful?

If you live in an area where deer are a problem, plant lots of daffodils because the deer won’t touch them.

Oh and if your daffodils struggle to bloom, CLICK HERE to learn how to fix it.

close up of Double flowering daffodils


Pansies are an annual that can be planted in either spring or fall.

They are cute flowers that make great garden companions with spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

Pansies are not fans of extreme heat, so when planted in spring, they will die back once the temperatures rise.

CLICK HERE to read my tip that will save you money at the garden nursery with pansies!

close up of purple pansies and forget me nots -My Early Spring in the Garden Tour


Forget-me-nots are biennials that will grow back year to year and reseed like crazy in the beds!

I love them, but they can get a little out of control so you have to keep them in check.

Myosotis is a great deer-resistant spring garden flower that blooms for quite a while.

There are a few varieties, but I’m in love with this color blue.

Isn’t it so pretty?

close up of myostotis - forget-me-nots -My Early Spring in the Garden Tour

Creeping Phlox

Another deer-resistant early spring garden flower is creeping phlox.

These low-growing perennials are evergreen year-round and produce these tiny flowers that are welcome in early spring.

Gorgeou spring day with creeping phlox that is purple white tulips and red maple tree with blue skyEarly Spring in the Garden

They look amazing draping down a stone wall but also look gorgeous in any garden bed.

Last year, one of my plants happened to shape itself into a heart.

Isn’t that so cool?

creeping phlox shaped like a heart in my cottage garden -how my cottage garden flowers grew in 2021 creeping phlox

Garden Therapy is a Thing

A few weeks ago, I started writing about the importance of gardening and how to get one started.

Do you have a garden yet?

If not, you should no matter how small that garden is.

Gardening is very therapeutic. It boosts the mood and will make you feel happier – I promise.

Daffodils in the spring garden

Now that the weather is warming up, I am spending much more time in my gardens.

Digging, planting, and tending to the gardens have greatly lifted my spirits.

There is something about getting fresh air, hearing the birds sing, and soaking in nature’s beauty that is very calming.

Given the current state of the world, I’ve been feeling a bit stressed lately – how about you?

planting spring garden flowers to keep mosquitos away. Marigolds are being planted in the backyard garden in front of garden shed.

It’s been a while since I spent time at a nursery, so I made my rounds this week to see what’s in stock.

I felt so much happier just being there!

Seeing the plants, the beauty, and the possibilities in my gardens gave me hope.

Playing around with different plant combinations, putting them on the garden cart, and bringing them home gave me great joy.

Magnolia flowers in spring - My Early Spring in the Garden Tour
Close-up of my flowering crabapple blooms. Aren’t they something?

Don’t Have a Garden Yet? Start Small

You don’t have to dig a huge bed to have a garden.

Change an existing bed or find a small patch where grass doesn’t grow well and start fresh. Rehab the foundation of your home.

Or grab a few containers and start with that. Plant some flowers and tend your gardens.

You will feel happier and much less stressed, I promise.

To learn more about how to start a new garden, click here.

close up of yellow Pansies are early spring garden flowers

Tour My Spring Flower Garden

Welcome to my spring flower garden tour!

This garden is my happy place and is one of the first areas of my property to bloom.

Isn’t that flowering crabapple tree fantastic?

It may not bloom for long, but it puts on quite a show in my quiet suburban New Jersey neighborhood.

pink flowering crabapple in front of center hall colonial with black door -Spring Garden Flowers
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The front walkway garden changes daily and greets you with a smile.

This perennial garden blooms from spring through fall and has year-long interest with a backdrop of evergreens.

My walkway garden was the first bed planted on the property and was designed to attract pollinators and add year-round color.

creeping phlox and yellow pansies in My Early Spring in the Garden tour

Here is a closer look at what’s blooming right now along the walkway.

The daffodils are at the end of their journey for the season, as the tulips, forget-me-nots and creeping phlox take over.

I love spring bulbs!

red tulips and purple creeping phlox in cottage garden with center hall colonial with black door and yellow forsythia wreath-Frontyard Cottage Garden in spring

They add early spring color and brighten the gardens before I’ve had a chance to pick up annuals at the nursery.

These bluish-purple forget-me-nots billow through the gardens and self sow like crazy through the beds!

I dig them up and transplant them early in the season so they get a front spot in the border.

double flowering daffodils in My Early Spring in the Garden Tour
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In the back of the border, I planted some arbor vitaes as a focal point and tucked in some boxwoods for year round interest.

On the front porch, the urns are simple with dwarf Alberata spruces.

New to the front porch this year is a beautiful yellow floral wreath.

I love how it compliments the bright yellow daffodils! It was the perfect addition to my spring porch decor.

center hall colonial with black door -spring flowers in the front yard garden

Thanks for following along with my spring garden flowers tour.

My friends and I garden in different zones so be sure to check out their spring flower garden blogs!

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close up of yellow bearded iris

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    1. Thanks Tracy! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love that we can virtually visit each other’s gardens and am looking forward to watching them grow through the season! It’s so cool that we are all in different zones and have such different gardens. So fun! xoxo

    1. Hi Michelle! It’s so nice to meet you! I used to live in a small condo – that’s where the gardening bug bit me! Do you do any containers or anything there? xoxo

  1. Hi Stacy, I just loved seeing this post on your lovely front gardens! I haven’t been able to get out and do much of anything until this weekend. Your home is gorgeous, I just love a traditional two story home; reminds me of one we had many years ago. I’m sharing this post on All About Home Monday evening. thanks so much for coming by and joining in for the party!

    1. Debra Thank you so much for sharing my post on my Monday! I really appreciate that so much! Thank you!!! I’m so glad we met through the link parties. I love your blog!!!

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