5 Unusual Spring Flowering Plants to Grow

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Unusual Spring Flowers

There are some very popular and widely-available spring flowers many people like to grow in their gardens, such as tulips, crocus and hyacinths. These flowering plants are beautiful and will sure make your garden colorful.

However, there are many other bulbs that might not be as popular as those mentioned above, but they are equally beautiful and will sure make a great addition to your garden., Even more, since these plants are not so common, your garden will look unique.

Here is a list of 5 gorgeous but underused flowering plants you might consider planting in your garden:

1. Common Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

This beautiful plant has small, white flowers. They are bell-shaped and appear about 3 inches above the ground. These bulbs are very elegant and they can be easily planted en masse. If you choose to plant them in your garden, you can expect them to bloom as early as February, so you'll have a spring full of flowers.

2. Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum)

These are very similar in appearance to snowdrops. The main difference is that snowflakes have a small dot of green on the each white petal. Also, these plants can get taller, up to 20 inches in height. They also bloom a bit later - in Match. It's also worth noting that these plants prefer alkaline soil.

3. Glory-of-the-snow (Chinodoxa forbesii)

This is a squill-cousin and it makes a great plant for early spring, since it blooms pretty early. It may even appear through the snow. This plant is very hardy and it has tiny, star-shaped flowers with white centers. This bulb can reach about 6 inches in height. The most common flower color is blue, but you may encounter many other color variations with this plant, such as pink, lavender and white. It's also important to know that as it grows, this plant will naturalize areas of the garden. It can even be planted in lawns. All you need to do is set the mower high enough to not remove its foliage early in the spring.

4. Fritillary (Fritillaria imperialis)

There are many popular varieties, but the most popular one is the Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), and chances are that you will encounter that one in many nurseries and garden centers. However, there are many other varieties and cultivars you may wish to plant in your garden, since these plants vary greatly in sizes, shapes and flower colors. One of the main benefits of this plant is that it's not easily disturbed by wildlife. It has a special fragrance that keeps the wildlife away. These beautiful flowers come in a wide range of colors: yellow, purple and white, red-orange, orange, plum and white. F. meleagris is particularly known for its gorgeous purple and white checked flowers. If you choose to grow these plants, remember that smaller fritillaries will thrive when planted in masse, while the larger varieties can do better if they are planted alone. You can make plant one of those bigger plants in the focal point of your garden.

5. Allium

This is probably the most common on this list. Alliums are actually ornamental onions. They can truly brighten up your garden and make it unique. These plants have flowers that can reach a size of several inches across. They bloom for about two to three weeks. The blooms appear late in the spring and into summer. There are many different colors, from deep purple and burgundy to white. The plant's height also varies. There are very small varieties, about six inches in height, as well as much bigger ones, which can grow up to 40 inches.

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