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The Best Flowers to Plant for a Color-Filled Spring

House Beautiful Logo By Arricca Elin SanSone, Taylor Mead of House Beautiful | Slide 1 of 12: After a long, dark winter with plenty of grays and browns, you're ready for some spring color! Whether you live in the snowy North or the sunny South or anywhere in between, spring means a renewal of your garden. Flowering plants are just what your winter-weary soul needs this time of year. If you're planting a perennial, which returns for many years, or shrub, make sure it's suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone (find yours here) so it can survive winters in your area. Spring-blooming bulbs must be planted in fall before the ground freezes (that's as late as early December in some parts of the country). Some annuals can take a frost, but for those that aren't as tough, you'll want to plant them after the last expected frost date in your area; your local university coop extension service can advise you about that estimated date in your part of the country. Here are our favorite spring-blooming flowers to brighten up your garden and celebrate the first day of spring.

After a long, dark winter with plenty of grays and browns, you're ready for some spring color! Whether you live in the snowy North or the sunny South or anywhere in between, spring means a renewal of your garden. Flowering plants are just what your winter-weary soul needs this time of year. If you're planting a perennial, which returns for many years, or shrub, make sure it's suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone (find yours here) so it can survive winters in your area. Spring-blooming bulbs must be planted in fall before the ground freezes (that's as late as early December in some parts of the country). Some annuals can take a frost, but for those that aren't as tough, you'll want to plant them after the last expected frost date in your area; your local university coop extension service can advise you about that estimated date in your part of the country.

Here are our favorite spring-blooming flowers to brighten up your garden and celebrate the first day of spring.

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