It’s been a long, long (long!) winter that’s been hard on your plants, and what your weary eyes and heart need is some spring color, stat. That’s where early blooming spring flowers come in. Many of these spectacular blooms appear when it’s still chilly and snow still remains in dirty piles in cold climates.
Some of these flowers are annuals that don’t mind a little frost, so you can plant them in early to mid-spring. Others are perennials, which means they’ll come back for many years. Just make sure they can survive winters in your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). For perennial spring-flowering bulbs, you won’t be able to plant them until fall. But make sure to order early in the season so you’ll get the best selection; nurseries will ship them to you when it’s planting time in your region.
Ahead, our top picks for the best, brightest and most gorgeous early spring-blooming flowers: