What’s Growing in My Early Spring Blooming Garden

Are you ready to see my early spring blooming garden tour? It’s hard to believe that our first month of spring is already over. I’m so excited to share what’s growing in my blooming garden including early spring bulbs and spring-blooming trees.

After a long, cold winter, there’s nothing better than the arrival of spring with its beautiful blooms and a lot of color filling the garden.

The good news is that my garden will be waking up more and more now that it’s practically May, with plenty of bright colors, amazing fragrances (hello lilacs), and vintage yard art to enjoy. But that’s next month.

Let’s take a look at the early bloomers, such as colorful annual flowers, early spring bulbs, spring blooming trees, and perennials, which are definitely making a statement in the cottage garden.

early spring garden: tulips in raised beds in front of greenhouse

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early spring garden: tulips in white picket fence garden and black dog
cottage and greenhouse with white picket fence garden and split rail fence

Sometimes all you need are a few colorful spring daffodils and a sunset to make everything look perfect.

Let’s start this early spring tour of the cottage garden looking towards the front of the house from the street.

The greenhouse and white picket fence are charming focal points in the front garden.

You may be wondering why the gardens, greenhouse, and deck are all in the front yard. It’s because that’s where the waterview is, as well as the full sun, and the land is more level than the shady backyard which is on a hill.

view of Puget Sound bay at sunset with white picket fence garden

Here’s a view of the bay from our front deck.

For those of you that are new to my blog, we look out at Puget Sound which is a saltwater body of water.

Puget Sound is a sound of the Pacific Northwest, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea. It is located along the northwestern coast of the U.S. state of Washington.

view of Puget Sound bay at sunset and white picket fence garden

We have a buoy for our boat in the bay. In the summer we kayak and swim out in the water every chance we get. Our dogs, Jax and Ollie love swimming out there.

There’s so much wildlife to see in the winter and early spring such as eagles, sea lions, ducks, seagulls, and on a rare occasion, an Orca whale.

early spring garden: inside the greenhouse

Every year I start my seedlings in the greenhouse at the end of January.

I usually spend a lot of time here. There’s quite a bit of garden therapy that happens in this space. This gives you a glimpse into the growing season ahead.

This has been a very different year for me though. I had a knee replacement in early February so I wasn’t able to sow any seeds on my own. I had an amazing woman who helped me throughout the seed-starting process and she did a great job!

I’ve started hardening off my seedlings this week and will be transplanting them into the raised bed garden next week.

I’m growing a lot of summer annuals in my cut flower garden this year, including, sweet peas, zinnias, cosmos, and sunflowers.

inside the greenhouse at night with grow lights

I’ve never used growing lights in my greenhouse but decided to try them this year.

I personally didn’t notice a difference. The sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, and sweet peas that grew the tallest and are the healthiest were not under the lights.

exterior view of greenhouse with grow lights indoors

The seedlings that were under the lights have grown very little. It makes no sense…very strange.

Here’s the view of the lit-up greenhouse from the outside. Can you believe how bright it is?

geraniums in the greenhouse

We also overwinter and propagate geraniums in the greenhouse. As you can see, there is literally no space left.

early spring garden: crocuses

The early spring bulbs are what always steal the show this time of year.

When the cheery yellow flowers from the daffodils, and the tulips, with their gorgeous range of colors, start blooming in early spring, they add an explosion of color to the garden.

purple and white crocuses

These flowers are such a sweet surprise after a long winter. Crocuses are the first blooms in my early spring garden.

I only wish their bloom time was longer in the season.

early spring garden: pink and purple hyacinths

I started growing hyacinths last year and I absolutely love these early spring bloomers. They add lots of color and make such a statement in the garden when not much of anything is happening outdoors in March.

I can’t wait to add more to my cottage garden spaces this fall for more spring blooms.

early spring garden: yellow daffodils

These spring blooms help to attract pollinators to the garden, providing a vital food source for bees and butterflies in the early spring.

And the best part is that the deer leave them alone!

early spring garden:yellow daffodils

Be sure to check out the different varieties of daffodils so you can have plants with varying times of bloom throughout spring for continued interest.

mini yellow daffodils in spring garden

I believe these are Tête-à-Tête daffodils from Breck’s Bulbs. They’re the perfect early spring bloom for your garden bed borders.

yellow daffodils in spring garden

I have fallen in love with them and have put them on the list for next year.

tulips just coming out of the ground in raised beds

We’re now coming to the best part of the early spring garden this year. The raised beds were full of gorgeous tulips.

For the last three spring seasons, we’ve added tulips to another raised bed in my cut flower garden. This year, we had three garden beds full of spring tulips.

early spring garden: tulips coming out of the ground in raised beds

I’ve decided to fill the last raised bed with tulips and the containers around the fence with daffodils for next spring.

early spring tulips in raised beds

These early spring flowers took quite a bit of time to bloom but it was worth the wait. Take a good look at this garden bed and get ready to see how they bloomed.

early spring garden: yellow and pink tulips

Here’s the same bed a few weeks later.

close up of yellow and pink tulips
early spring garden: tulips in the cut flower garden

The tulips are my favorite early spring blooming bulbs in the garden this year.

early spring garden: bright colored tulips growing in raised beds in front of the greenhouse and white picket fence

From pastel pinks and purples to bold, bright colors, these early-season flower beds had plenty of colorful blooms to enjoy. They were so incredibly vibrant this year.

And yes, I do know that I got carried away with the tulip pictures.

bright colored tulips in garden

If only I knew the name of the tulip varieties but for some reason, I lost them. These all came from Costco because I compost the bulbs yearly and don’t want to spend much money on them.

I buy good quality tulip bulbs to plant around my cottage garden because I don’t cut those for arrangements.

early spring garden: bright colored garden full of tulips

When I harvest these spring tulips for spring flower arrangements, I pull the entire bulb out of the ground. This will ensure that the stem is longer for the purpose of cutting flowers.

tulip garden
vintage bike with basket of spring flowers

As you walk through the garden beds, you’ll notice a variety of flowers, each blooming at a different time throughout the growing season.

It always feels that the spring garden changes its appearance so quickly from week to week.

early spring garden: pink primroses

When I first planted pretty primroses in the spring garden, I had no idea they were perennial plants in hardiness zone 8b. Much to my surprise, they came back the following year, bigger and better.

purple primroses

These early spring blooming perennial flowers make such a gorgeous statement in window boxes, flower containers, or garden bed borders.

orange ranunculus

Several spring annuals can still thrive in the cold early spring temperatures. I found this gorgeous color of ranunculus at a local garden center and fell in love. I planted it in the planter in front of the greenhouse garden.

burgundy and purple pansies in the garden

Many of these cold-hearty annuals were from the fall, and I bought a few more to fill in flower pots and containers.

Also called lenten roses, hellebores are officially the first flower of spring in my cottage garden. They are the best flowers to plant for winter interest and bloom for months.

Their showy blooms in different colors and ferny foliage are so welcoming this time of the year and they do make beautiful flower bouquets.

The only negative for me is that hellebores don’t like full sun and should be planted in shady areas and I don’t have many of those in my garden. If they liked full sun I would have them all over my entire front yard.

early spring white flowering tree

As the days get warmer and longer, the trees burst into colorful flowers, adding even more beauty to the early spring garden.

early spring white flowering tree

Early spring white flowering trees covered in raindrops are a beautiful sight.

early spring garden: pink blooming magnolia tree

This tree isn’t officially in my garden. I enjoy it every morning on my daily walk, but I wanted to share its beauty.

pink blossoms from a spring flowering tree

Pink-blooming trees in spring are my favorite. I believe this is a magnolia tree. Am I right?

early spring garden: pink rhododendron

We have a rhododendron and azalea garden space across from the greenhouse garden. The trees and shrubs all bloom at different times during the spring season.

This pink rhododendron is one of my favorites and one of the garden’s first early spring blooming plants.

We also have rhododendron trees with purple, fuchsia, and white blooms.

pink shades of blossoms from azalea bush

This azalea is a show-stopper and has the most unique flowering blooms.

new fern fronds growing

Camellia trees have the most beautiful early spring flowers and bloom quite early, usually during the last two weeks of winter.

We also have a very old camellia tree that we just had cut back. It was as tall as our house and needed a good trim.

March and April are very busy months in the garden with so many things to take care of so your summer garden will thrive. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Cutting back outdoor evergreen ferns in early spring will give you brand-new fresh fronds for the growing season.

dividing a daylily

Early spring is the perfect time to divide and transplant your overgrown perennials in the garden.

It’s not only a great thing to keep your plants healthy, but it’s a wonderful way to create new plants for the garden without having to pay for them.

splitting dahlia tubers

Every April, I dig my dahlia tubers out of the ground and split the tuber clumps so they are healthy and maintain the plant’s proper size.

trailer full of fish compost

We spread two yards of fish compost in the garden beds this spring to give the soil the proper nutrients for our garden plants and flowers.

cream and yellow daffodils

I hope you enjoyed my early spring blooming garden tour. I am already planning for next year!

It’s fun to see the garden bursting with bright-colored spring-blooming flowers again. I’d love to hear what your favorite flowers and plants were on the tour.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, please share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Spring Gardening!

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