Winter is the best time to plan for your new softscape design. Not only does the planning help clear away some of the winter blues, but it also gives you enough time so that you get to enjoy your flowers as soon as possible!

Early-blooming flowers don't need the late spring or summer weather to bloom. Planting these in the earlier months like February or March will give you a colorful garden before all the snow even melts! Below are 5 gorgeous plants that are perfect for early spring blooming:

1) Jacob's Ladder

The Jacob’s ladder plant gets its name from the ladder-like shape of its leaves. These early spring bloomers are small and bell-shaped and they provide a bright pop of color that will get you excited for the warmer weather ahead.

Most varieties of Jacob’s ladder are in the purple and lavender color family, but you may be able to find some that are pink, yellow, or white. This is a perennial plant, meaning that it will bloom on its own each season without you needing to replant it. Jacob's ladder thrives best in shady areas and will grow from 12 to 24 inches tall.

2) Virginia Bluebells

This wildflower is endangered throughout its native region, making it an excellent choice if you are planning a garden in Eastern North America. Virginia bluebell seeds can be planted in a shady area as soon as your ground can be worked and should be planted about 6 weeks before the last frost. These early Spring bloomers are quick to appear before anything else does and they are usually spent by June.

Virginia bluebells are also perennials and these lavender-tinted and bell-shaped flowers will give your garden much-needed color!

3) Bloodroot

It’s not as vicious as it sounds, we promise. The flowers are actually& delicate white blooms that look somewhat similar to Asters. Their name refers to the red juice that comes from the roots (sometimes used to make red, pink, and orange dyes).

Bloodroots can grow up to 20 inches tall and can bloom as early as March. They only need partial sun when they are blooming in the springtime and then a lot of shade in the summer months. The best place to plant these would be beneath some trees.

4) Marsh Marigold

The marsh marigold is a perennial plant that typically blooms in mid-April and lasts until June. These bright yellow early bloomers thrive in wet areas such as near ponds, marshes, and swamps.

Marsh marigolds grow 12–18 inches in height and the leaves are bright green and glossy. If you know of a wet environment for marsh marigolds to thrive in, they are the perfect option for a plant that requires little to no maintenance and will grow back every year.

5) Crocuses

Even when it feels like winter is here to stay forever, crocuses come to the rescue. These plants can bloom through snow and offer beautiful spring colors such as blue, orange, pink, purple, white, or yellow.

It is best to plant crocuses in the fall before the ground freezes (usually in September or October). They will need partial sun and well-drained soil in order to thrive. Crocuses will grow about 3 to 6 inches tall and wide and, because they are perennials, they will bloom in your garden every single year!

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If you want to see flowers once the snow begins to melt, these early bloomers are must-haves for your landscape! If you are looking to spruce up your garden in Washington, Waynesburg, McMurray, PA, or surrounding areas, we can help you. Call us today at (724) 350-1351 to speak with one of our team members and get your landscape colorful come springtime!