7 Spring Flowers That Will Add Instant Color to Your Garden

Pansies and Violas

Violas and pansies' cheerful features and hues are irresistible. Bigger pansies are showier than their delicate violet relatives. Despite their fragile appearance, they can withstand a few cold snaps and thrive well in chilly weather. 


Like pansies, dianthus thrives in chilly conditions. Spring is great for planting these plants. Plant when outside temps are at least 40°F. The aromatic blossoms have a clove fragrance.


Not after the last frost? Plant snapdragons now. If the soil is workable, you may plant these annual beauties a few weeks before the final frost. Snapdragons, a cottage garden staple, appear in almost every color.

Sweet Alyssum

One of the few early-flowering annuals that may be seeded outside a few weeks before the final frost. Or you may wait and discover flats of alyssum you can easily move to your garden while it's still cold.

Creeping Phlox

Similar to alyssum, creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) grows to 6 inches but produces a magnificent spring flower cover. However, creeping phlox is a perennial and will return year after year.


Nemesia plants bloom heavily in pots and hanging baskets, providing months of color. The flowers resemble little orchids or snapdragons with a bright yellow eye. The new colors are striking, including reddish-plum and orange-yellow-red.


There are so many new hellebore hybrids that you'll discover one—or two—you can't live without. Despite their downward-facing blooms, several new hellebore types keep their blue, purple, or black flowers erect.