My Top 5 Spring Flowering Plants

When you think of spring, fresh colourful blooms is what comes to mind. Expert Charlie Albone fills us in on what to plant.

If you aren't a pro when it comes to gardening, fear not. I've outlined everything you need to know to get you started.

Tree:
Magnolias are hard to beat as they really signify the beginning of spring and the warmer months. Magnolia x soulangeana is a great small tree that gets a profuse amount of flowers on leafless branches. It likes deep fertile soil however it will tolerate a wide variety soils. Plant in full sun for maximum flowers.

Climber:
Wisteria is another plant that produces lots of flowers on leafless branches. The fragrance of wisteria is what really knocks you out on a warm spring evening and its mauve, purple or white flowers seem to suit any garden. Wisteria is a rapid grower and it can get out of control with ease so ensure you have the space for it before planting.

Shrubs:
Viburnums are a versatile species of plant with my favorites being V. plicatum and V. opulus sterile as they have a great shape and a beautiful white flower. Grow in a dappled shade position in hot areas and out in the open in cooler regions. These Viburnums will really appreciate lots of compost in your planting mix as they like reliable moisture.

Perennial:
Peonies have to be the most spectacular flowering plants with the bud forming stage being almost as stunning as the flowers themselves. Peonies are difficult to grow in Australia and only really suited to the cooler regions with deep fertile soil. For successful plants adding a good dose of lime to the soil is essential.

Ground cover:
Seaside daisies are a hardy ground cover plant that really blooms in spring and on into summer for up to 9 months of the year. The small flowers start white and fade to pink as they age. These daises look great planted below trees and in rockeries.

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