Top 5 Plants for Spring
Make planning your garden for spring much easier by choosing from our list of the top 5 plants for spring from the Southern Living Plant Collection.
Who can resist the sweet southern scent of gardenias? Jubilation is a compact shrub growing between 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Enjoy the fragrant white blooms in the spring and a reblooming period through summer and into fall. Plant Jubilation in USDA zones 7-10, water as needed and shape after spring bloom.
The texture alone adds a unique feature to this bamboo-like shade shrub. Add Soft Caress Mahonia to an Asian garden or use as a specimen plant and enjoy bright yellow blooms in early winter. Plant in USDA zones 7-9, water as needed and shape in winter after bloom.
With its dwarf size and weeping habit, Purple Pixie is just the plant we’ve been crying for. Use as a groundcover, hanging basket, or a window box. The showy pink flowers combined with rich purple foliage will move you to tears. It grows only 1 to 2 feet tall by 4 to 5 feet wide. Plant in USDA Zones 7 -10 in full sun to part shade.
A great dwarf spiraea for the deep South, its blue-green foliage does not “burn out” like other spiraeas. Produces profuse lavender-pink spring blooms along with sporadic blooms throughout summer. Little Bonnie works well as a border, container, groundcover or mass planting. Plant this dwarf spirae in USDA Zones 4 - 9, water as needed and fertilize in early spring.
Obsession is a new and distinct variety of Nandina domestica, characterized by its upright, compact and dense plant habit; slow growth rate; and unique Bright red colored young foliage and deep green-colored mature foliage. Plant Obsession in full sun to part shade and shape in spring.