The Best Flowers to Plant in Spring

Our team at Corken + Company knows that it is important to fill your garden with the best plants of spring. That way, as robins sing to welcome the season, you don’t have to waste any time grabbing your trowel for planting. You can tuck all kinds of plants into your yard as spring unfolds, and watch the magic unfurl as April showers bring May flowers. Here are five of the best flowers to plant in spring!

Flowering Stock:

A rich fragrance including hints of spicy clove makes flowering stock a go-to for spring planting. Stock is a beloved old-fashioned flower, but modern varieties of it offer better heat tolerance and a vivid range of jewel-tone blooms, including deep violet, rose-pink, fuchsia and white. Expert tip: plant flowering stock in containers or planting beds near an entrance so you can savor the scent all spring long.

Sweet Pea:

This old-fashioned favorite is a perfect annual flower for spring planting. Sweet peas grow best in cooler air and fade fast once summer heat arrives. Fragrant blossoms on this pretty vine feature many hues, including pink, lavender, white, red and near-black. Expert tip: if you live in the South, plant sweet pea seeds in fall for a spring crop. In northern regions where summer is cooler, sweet peas may survive well into summer.


Grab a pack of pansies to brighten spring containers and planting beds. This cheery flower opens annually in a rainbow of shades, including purple, white, yellow, coral and all kinds of color combinations. Expert tip: when planting pansies in pots, look for trailing types, like this Trailing Pansy Plentifall Lavender Blue, which cascades over pot edges. This pot also features grassy Luzula Lucius (snowy woodrush) and white sweet alyssum.


Spring is the perfect time to plant bulbs that flower in summer, like gladiolus. These colorful spikes come in every color under the sun, including red, orange, pale green, deep burgundy and purple. Expert tip: for non-stop flowers all season long, practice staggered planting. Tuck individual gladiolus corms into soil every 5 to 10 days. Be sure to leave space in your planting beds to accommodate additional plantings.

Summer Lilies:

The bulbs of gorgeous summer lilies, including Oriental (shown) and Asiatic lilies, can be planted in spring and deliver a  beautiful show come summer. Oriental lilies open large, often perfumed blooms, while Asiatic lilies offer smaller flowers in a wide range of hues. Oriental lilies can be top-heavy from the large flowers. Expert tip: add stakes at planting time to avoid spearing bulbs later. Asiatic lilies typically have sturdy, stocky stems that don’t need staking.

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