This little beauty, also known as the milk flower, may well be the first bloom you see next year. Part of the Amaryllis family, your darling snowdrops will probably appear before winter is over.
Sharing a name with a beautiful butterfly species, fritillaria is a true showstopper. It resembles a tulip except that the bloom faces downward. It can boast a single hue or feature exquisite patterns. Despite the fact that it appears to shy away from the sky, fritillaria thrives in areas of full sun.
White, pink, blue, violet.... the spectacular hyacinth is a work of art. Measuring about eight inches tall and three inches wide, this fragrant flower gets hardier with each passing year. Plant in well-drained soil that receives full sun to part shade.
Also known as jonquil and daffadowndilly, the reliable daffodil is a sure sign of spring. Most are yellow or white (or some combination of the two). Plant bulbs in moist, well-drained soil in a location that enjoys sun, and reap the rewards of a bright, cheery show. Bonus: Deer do not eat daffodils!
Croci can be purple (the most common color), white or yellow. Super-tiny, they grow to a mere four inches tall. They're strong, too, and happily push their way through the frozen, snow-covered ground. Ideal growing conditions: full sun and well-drained soil.
Not to be confused with the hyacinth above, the grape hyacinth is a simple little stalk of deep blue flowers that resembles a bunch of grapes. Plant a mass of these gems in a group, and prepare to be awed with a sea of sensational color. For a healthy crop, plant in full sun to partial shade.
The daintiest flower in your spring garden will be the sweet-smelling scilla. This perennial herb is found in a variety of colors, including blue (most common), white, pink and purple. It enjoys moist, but well-drained, soil and plenty of sun.
The queen of spring is undoubtedly the tulip. Available in a countless array of shapes and colors, this tall, majestic beauty produces gorgeous blooms. Flower fans flock to breathtaking tulip gardens around the world. Standing more than 14 inches tall, the stately tulip appreciates full sun and well-drained soil.
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