Many people see the end of one calendar year and the start of the next is a time to shed old behaviors and start afresh. But nature doesn’t follow calendar years.
In the natural world, spring is a time of renewal and new life. The last of the frost has thawed, the birds have returned from their winter homes, and fresh flowers start to bloom.
The type of flowers you’ll see varies depending on the climate and current weather conditions of where you live. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a good way of understanding which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. Zone 1 has the lowest average annual minimum winter temperature, while Zone 16 has the highest.
Snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring. They start to emerge in February just as the ground begins to thaw from winter frost. They are typically grown in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9, and they thrive in partial sun, well-drained soil, and cool, moist conditions during the spring.
They go dormant in the summer because they don’t like hot, arid conditions.
Tulips need winter cold to bloom, so they grow best in cold climates, specifically hardiness zones 3 to 7. Although, once they have grown, they then thrive in sunlight.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the best areas to see tulips, and some of the most beautiful tulip farms are in Oregon and Washington.
The best place to see tulips, though, is at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in Holland. More than 7 million bulbs are planted in the fall, including a variety of 800 types of tulips.
When cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, they are spectacularly beautiful. In Japan, they are a symbol of spring because it is a time of renewal and symbolic of the fleeting nature of life due to their short season.
Every year people flock to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms, especially during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which occurs at the end of March each year.
Daffodils are a symbol of spring throughout the US. The yellow and white plants can bloom from six weeks to six months, depending on where you live and the type you grow.
According to The American Daffodil Society,
“Daffodils are quite tolerant of cold, especially with a covering of snow, and are grown to the Canadian border. Daffodils can also be grown throughout the South with the exception of parts of Florida which are free of frost.”
Daffodils are also said to grow well in USDA hardiness zones 3B to 10, which encompasses most US and Canada. If you want to see some stunning displays of daffodils, we recommend visiting Maryland, Washington DC, or Virginia.
If you’re keen to grow some spring flowers, then a visit to your garden center can help you understand which types will bloom in your area and what conditions you need for them to thrive.