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As the cooler winter weather comes to an end the spring season is ushered in and local nurseries will begin to carry hundreds of spring blooming plants and flowers. For those who need help selecting new plants for landscaping plans, we have made a list of the best five spring annual flowers for North Texas. For your convenience, our list is ordered according to how early in the year you can find each of these spring flowers.
Actually considered to be a cool-season annual, Dianthus blooms from November through April. We love it because it’s one of the few cool season bloomers that doesn’t immediately expire with the warmer weather.
Dianthus flowers are mostly found in shades of pink, but also offers both lavender and white blooms. The petals of a Dianthus flower are easy to identify as they are “fringed”.
Dianthus grows in clumps up to 12 inches tall and wide. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun and water every couple of days once established.
Alyssum is also considered a cool-season annual as it starts to bloom in early February. Also known as Sweet Alyssum or Carpet Flower, Alyssum forms a very delicate mound of tiny flowers and carries a very subtle and sweet aroma.
Once the warmer temperatures arrive and summer landscaping duties begin, Alyssum will burn up, so don’t expect it to survive past May. Alyssum is available in most all blooming colors.
Alyssum grows only 3-4 inches in height but will spread out to about 12 inches. Plant in full sun or part sun and water every couple of days once established.
Geraniums have long been one of the most popular plants throughout the country. Because of their need for excellent drainage, they are often used in outdoor container gardening being planted in pots and window boxes.
Red, white and pink Geraniums can be found blooming in February but will not survive past May.
Geranium flowers are available in upright or trailing ivy form and are a favorite for hummingbirds and butterflies. They will grow up to 18 inches tall and wide. Plant in full to partial sun and provide water every couple of days once established.
Petunia is considered both a cool and warm season annual. Petunia becomes available when it begins blooming in February and can survive all the way into June.
Petunias are among the most popular spring flowers for those making a new flower bed or with exciting new ideas for front yard landscaping because they come in every color or mix of colors imaginable like red, purple, pink, blue, white, coral and more.
Petunia flowers can also be found in mounding varieties or trailing ivy form. The trailing ivies can grow in containers or extend in a bed to form a groundcover. The mounding form grow to about 10 inches in height extending out to 12 inches wide. Plant in full to partial sun and water every couple of days once established.
Most often found as single stem flowers in bouquets, the Gerbera Daisy flower is likely to be the most well-known flowers throughout the world.
In our area, the Gerbera Daisy blooms between March and May. There are many varieties to be found, but the most reliable variety in our North Texas area is the Drakensburg. They can be found in most every bloom color.
The Gerbera Daisy will grow to about 12 inches tall and wide. Install in landscaped areas with partial sun and water every couple of days once established.