Wherever you are, spring is a magical season. Bulbs emerge from the ground, blossoms unfurl and wildflowers pop up along roadsides. For most of us, the season feels all too short, so it’s nice to take a moment to notice and appreciate its beauty.
Whether you’re looking for planting ideas for next year or just want to sit back and enjoy a photo scroll, take a look at these images from 15 glorious spring gardens, ranging from cottage-style and natural woodland spaces to a sidewalk strip bursting with spring bulbs.
When choosing a pair, select rose and clematis varieties that have the same bloom time (early spring, midspring or late spring to early summer) to create a double-flowering garden vignette.
2. Glorious bluebells. There’s hardly anything more romantic or quintessentially spring than fields of bluebells, whose blue-purple blossoms blanket the ground and perfume the air with a subtle floral fragrance between mid-April and late May in the United Kingdom and northern Spain. There are two common species, English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and Spanish bluebell (H. hispanica), and both thrive in areas with filtered sunlight and with regular water.
Try these three other pink-and-purple spring combinations: pink clematis and purple allium, pink tulips with purple nemesia, and pink crabapple underplanted with purple grape hyacinth.