With January almost over, it feels as if spring is right around the corner! We definitely feel that way here at The Family Tree, especially with all the early blooming spring plants arriving this week! The best feature of these bloomers is that they will begin flowering in mid-winter before anything else does and thus make lovely focal points. It’s never too early to start working on the perfect spring landscape!
Daphne Odora – Oh, smells so good! This lovely rounded evergreen shrub can bloom with purple and white flowers as early as January and will continue into early spring! As its name implies, the plant is extremely fragrant, which only adds to its appeal and leads many gardeners to place it near a patio or deck. This is the perfect shrub for an area that is mostly shady. This garden gem demands excellent drainage so make sure to amend your soil well, even add a layer of rocks under your planting hole. Once your Daphne is established, it will bloom like crazy each year from January through March.
Winter Jasmine – This deciduous plant can be grown as a shrub or on a trellis, which gives you many planting options. Its quick growing habit makes it ideal for beginning gardeners. Winter Jasmine’s bright yellow flowers look best when cascading over a retaining wall or down a hillside. To plant, bury the root balls until it is level with the topsoil in your ideal spot. While it thrives in both sun and light shade, Winter Jasmine produces more blooms when planted in the sun.
Edgeworthia – By far the most dramatic winter bloomer, Edgeworthia is a tree-like shrub that features fragrant yellow flowers from mid-January to early-April and wonderfully textured bark. One of the benefits of this deciduous shrub is that it provides year round interest with its tropical looking leaves during the spring and summer, gorgeous bark in winter, and clumps of fragrant blooms in early spring. Edgeworthia can flourish in both full sun and part shade and therefore is an excellent choice as a specimen plant in your garden.
Forsythia – Welcome spring with this cheerful yellow bloomer known for its tremendous growth rate (up to 2 feet a year!). Forsythia grows best in full sun and requires little watering once established, so you can plant them and then sit back and wait for their glorious winter flowers and strapping green foliage. Forsythia can take heavy pruning so whether you love the free-form growth habit or manicured look, this plant will look beautiful either way.
Helleborus (Lenten Rose) – One of the most sought after spring bloomers, Helleborus, or Lenten Rose, begins blooming late Winter and into the spring. This evergreen shrub prefers to be shaded during the warmer months, and can take a bit of sun during the winter. While they are known to be drought and neglect tolerant, Helleborus thrives in soil that is wet the majority of the time, so daily watering is recommended. They are also known to be great deer resistant shrubs, so there will be very little danger in having this beauty in your garden this spring!
Quince – This deciduous shrub is known for its striking, early color. Once this shrub begins to bloom you’ll do a “double-take” at its vibrant pink and red color. Quince makes a wonderful hedge, as it has a habit to spread while reaching around 3-4 feet in height. In order to get the most blooms out of your Quince, plant it in an area that gets a large amount of sun. Watering regularly is important, but Quince is known for being very tolerant to drought! This shrub is a beautiful and easy-to-care-for addition to any garden.
Be sure to stop by The Family Tree this week to pick up some of these beautiful early bloomers because they sell out quickly; everyone wants some bright winter color in their gardens!