Some hardy flowers for early spring :

Heather – It’s a great perennial to have in your garden because it’s one of the earliest blooming spring plants which means that the bees will already be in your garden by the time your late spring plants start opening up.  Plant Heather near your fruit trees to get them producing as early as possible; as they’ll naturally move from your heather to your fruit blossoms as they appear.  Lavender has the same effect but doesn’t fare well in very wet soil.

Red Currants – An early season bloomer that’s naturally resistant to deer and attracts hummingbirds, your garden will be buzzing!

Rockcress – Not my favorite in appearance but they produce a dense range of low growing flowers that give off a nice fragrance while providing good housing to beneficial insects and butterflies.  They can also thrive in soil lacking in nutrients that other flowers wouldn’t survive in.  They also come in a variety of colors allowing for easy diversity.

The Problem With Daffodils : The classic yellow trumpet shaped daffodil is a great early spring option.  Not only are their bulbs toxic to mice and deer and as such typically deter the hungry animals as they start to return, they’re also incredibly easy to grow.  The issue with growing daffodils now is that they, along with a handful of other bulb-grown plants require a period of cold and should be planted in September or November in order to bloom in early spring.  If you have snow on the ground, that can sometimes indicate that the ground below will be muddy but softened;  The snow acts as an insulator making it easier to dig if you were to try and get some in late and catch the end of the cold.  If you missed your chance to plant some, still watch out for them because they’re such an iconic flower that when you see daffodils you can be sure spring has arrived and warmer weather is on its way.

 

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