Winter and Spring bulbs

Winter and spring bulbs, flowers for each month

What could be nicer than a beautiful flower garden? An explosion of colors and fragrances spells your garden in spring, and you are proud of it? Not to mention the crucial role of these small flowers in our vegetable gardens. Maybe you’d like to get this beautiful garden without really knowing how to do it?

Spring flowers are popular in our gardens, but if I told you that by choosing the right varieties of flowers, your garden could be blooming as early as January, would you try it? Find out how to get a flowering garden from January to May. With winter and spring bulbs, this is possible.

The first flowers of January

The new year and here, with it the cold, sometimes snow, but also beautiful flowers.

Yes, yes, you read right: flowers in the garden in January.

For a flowering January, think of snowdrops and hellebori. Snowdrop, also known as Galanthus nivalis, is a bulbous plant with beautiful, immaculate white flowers that usually grow and bloom from January to March. They are reputed to be able to pierce thin layers of snow, hence their name of a snowblower.This flower will be ideal as a ground cover at the feet of your deciduous trees, as a bed in your garden, and even as a planter on your terrace.

It is a very easy maintenance plant that will delight experienced gardeners, as amateurs. At the end of flowering, once the foliage has completely faded, you can mow your snowdrops.

Helleborians are hardy perennial plants.

Their foliage is persistent, even semi-persistent in regions with harsh winters. It blooms from December to February-March.

There are no fewer than 15 species of helleborus, the best known of which is the Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose. This perennial, with its beautiful white flowers, is sold in pot for your holiday decorations.

It is important to leave these plants outside, otherwise the flowers may wilt very quickly. You may as well arrange the canopies in the ground in your garden, to improve its appearance in this winter period.

Days grow longer with the month of February

This is February, a small month famous for its rudeness. However, even in February, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of some flowers in the heart of your garden.

Among these flowers, the Crocus, Iris, and Spring Bells.

The crocus, is a well-known perennial plant with bulbs. With their beautiful purple, white, or yellow flowers, they will look great in your rock gardens, at the feet of your trees, in your massifs and borders, and even in pots.

Flowering takes place from February to March for the spring crocus.

There is virtually no maintenance for these flowers. Leave the bulbs in place after flowering, they will bloom again next year. It is just important not to cut the leaves after flowering. They must be left to wilt before they are removed, to allow the bulb to replenish its reserves.

Iris are perennial plants with rhizomes or bulbs. There are no fewer than 210 species.  The irises usually have blue or violet tones, but also yellow, orange, pink, red, …

They bloom from January to July depending on the species, and require little maintenance, just remove the wilted flowers, and let the leaves turn yellow.

Spring bells are small perennial bulbous plants. These spring flowers in the form of floral stems resemble small bells.

Colour your garden with the month of March

In March, your flowering garden begins to win in varieties: anemones, Cyclamens, Muscaris, Narcisses and Daffodils take over from your winter flowers.

Anemones, also called wind flowers, is a hardy flower that blooms in spring, summer or autumn depending on the varieties. Ideal for your rock gardens, borders and massifs. The Greek anemone blooms from March to April, and forms pretty foliage dotted with pink, white or blue flowers with a yellow heart. 

The cyclamen is a perennial that pleases for its white, pink or purple flowering, and its silver marbled foliage. There are hardy species, ideal as a ground cover, or on the edge of massifs, but also gelative species, which like in pot.

Muscaris, also known as bunchgrass, is characterized by blue flowers in the form of bell-shaped inflorescences. It is a very melliferous plant whose flowering takes place from March to May which gives off a slightly musky scent.

Narcissus, essential in our gardens. It is a bulbous plant that blooms in spring. There are about fifty species whose flowers take the form of trumpets, crowns or cups. One of the best known is the daffodil.

For April, discover the tulips

In April comes the turn of tulips, hyacinths and ipheses. 

The tulip is a pretty flower with spring bulb very well known. There are many varieties, which will help you colour your garden.

It is a perennial plant that blooms in spring, they like sunny places, and a well drained land. Create pretty little massifs of 10 to 50 bulbs, or plant them in pots to bring a floral touch to your terrace.

Tulips require little maintenance, they bloom every spring without you having to do anything.

Hyacinths are essential flowers in gardens. This is one of the prettiest bulbous flowers you can find. They bloom in spring in our gardens, giving you the opportunity to create beautiful flower beds.

In indoor pot, your hyacinths can stay flowering from September to January.

The Iphéions are bulbous flowers starry and fragrant of blue, white or mauve colors. They announce the arrival of spring.

It is a plant that is not demanding in terms of maintenance, soil and exposure, so you can plant it or you like it, or almost: in your lawns, massifs, rock gardens, along the walls, in pot.

In May, plant whatever you like!

In May, indulge yourself, enjoy a flowery garden like never before. 

Hyacinths, lily of the valley, garlic ornaments, vary the pleasures for a beautiful garden that will make you proud. 

Ornamental garlic is a fashionable hardy plant. These are bulbs whose tiny flowers form balls up to 10 cm in diameter. They will be the most beautiful effect in a massif, a rock garden or on the edge of the garden. Its flowers are very sweet, which is an asset for your vegetable garden. Most often, the flowers are pink, purple, white, green, yellow, even blue.

The hyacinth is a simple bulbous plant to grow, it develops an erect banded foliage, in the centre grows a large floral stem ending with a spike of flowers that open into stars, and spread all around the stem. They have a powerful scent. Its colours range from blue to white and shades of purple and pink, but also red and yellow.

This bulb blooms in early spring.

The lily of the valley, emblematic plant of the month of May very well known. It is customary to offer it in bouquet, but it is becoming more common to offer it in pot. What’s better than having your own lily of the valley growing in your garden.

As you have seen, there are many varieties of spring bulbs and winter bulbs to magnify your garden from January to May. You will also find summer and autumn bulbs for a flowering garden all year round.