You can never go wrong with the classics. Whether it is a classic song, a classic car, or the classic look of jeans and a nice white tee shirt. It’s no different when it comes to gardening, sometimes the classics are just right. They fit the need for a consistent and trustworthy garden aesthetic. In addition to how they look the true classic spring flowers are more resilient and reliable. Making them a favorite of new gardeners who want a no-fail solution. As well as experienced gardeners who are done taking their chances on new and exotic bulbs. There is of course a place for those in the garden as well. But, ensuring some solid classic spring flowers provides a regal display of blooms worthy of your time and effort. Plant any or all of these 10 classic spring-blooming flower bulbs this fall for noteworthy blooms in spring.
10 Classic Spring Blooming Flowers
1.) Tete a Tete Daffodil
This early-blooming charming daffodil is a must-have for the early spring garden. The petite golden yellow blooms are some of the first to appear. They work well in a rock garden and the spring border of flower blooms. Plant them close to a walkway so you can truly enjoy their pleasant early spring flowers. Tete a Tete Daffodils are lovely in a slender vase, and also one of the easiest daffodils to force for indoor blooms. They are hardy in zones 3-8 and are deer and rabbit resistant.
2.) Ruby Giant Species Crocus
Say hello to spring when the Ruby Giant Crocus starts blooming. These early blooming violet purple crocus top the list of favorite early spring blooming flowers. Ruby Giant Species Crocus are often also called Tommies due to their botanical name Crocus tommasinianus. Tommies are also one of the only squirrel-resistant crocus–this is a massive bonus as squirrels tend to think of crocus as a delicacy. They multiply quickly and can be planted in lawns for a display of low-growing purple blooms.
3.) Purple Prince Single Early Tulip
The earliest tulips to appear in spring are from the single early group. Purple Prince Single Early Tulips have rich violet-purple blooms. This is a true purple tulip that has single petals on medium to large-size tulip blooms. They have the classic tulip appearance but are slightly shorter than mid and late-blooming tulips growing 14-18″ tall.
4.) Dutch Master Daffodil
Spring does not feel complete without having beaming yellow Dutch Master Daffodils blooming. These are a definite must-plant flower bulb this fall. They represent classic spring flowers in every sense. They are reliable, recognizable, hardy, and deer-resistant. Plant these classic glowing trumpet daffodils this fall and reap the rewards for several spring seasons to follow.
5.) Don Quichotte Triumph Tulip
A true pink tulip! They can be hard to find as many pink tulips either have a red blush or light pink to white. However, if you want a classic bubble gum pink tulip, Don Quichotte Triumph Tulip is one of the best. Triumph tulips work great for cut flowers and also stand up well in rain and windy conditions that spring often brings. Don Quichotte Triumph Tulip represents the classic pink color that can be hard to find in a tulip in mid-spring.
6.) Blue Jacket Hyacinth
If fragrance and bold blue color is what you are looking for then you have found it in the Blue Jacket Hyacinth. Sweetly scented blooms appear in early to mid-spring and complement the yellow daffodils, pink and red tulips as well as white, and yellow hyacinths. Giving off a very traditional appearance with its neat and tidy blooms, the Blue Jacket Hyacinth is a classic spring bloom with fragrance and reliability. Plant 6-8″ deep to ensure these fragrant beauties return for several spring seasons.
7.) Red Impression Darwin Hybrid Tulips
If I close my eyes and you say to me “Think Spring” the first image that comes to mind is a large red tulip. These were some of the first flowers I recall noticing as a child. Born in spring the spring season always has appealed to me, and the memory of tulips at the park across the street will always be special to me. Red Impression Darwin Hybrid Tulips fit the bill for a classic red tulip. Large flowers up to 6″ across when open during the day have black markings at the base of the petals. Standing on tall and sturdy 18-24″ stems, Red Impression Tulips provide the classic red tulip appearance. Not only do they have a very traditional look, they also tend to be reliably perennial in hardiness zones 3-7.
8.) Purple Sensation Allium
This sensational purple flower although it may turn heads with its globe-shaped blooms, is a definite spring classic. Purple Sensation Allium grows 24-36″ tall and begins blooming at the end of spring into summer. They are one of the older more known varieties of large purple allium flowers. Their 4-5″ diameter blooms are showy but not too big, which means they tend to stay upright on the tall and narrow stems. These deer-resistant spring-favorite blooms are hardy in zones 4-8.
9.) Queen of Night Single Late Tulip
Decades ago when Queen of Night Tulips first appeared, they may not have been considered a classic…yet. With their deep purple blooms, they were often marketed as the infamous “Black Tulip”. Everyone wanted this unique color in their garden. Therefore, they have become quite popular and a staple among the late spring blooming tulips. The blooms can certainly appear black at times, but they are a deep purple-maroon color. Often Queen of Night Tulips will return for more than one season if planted in hardiness zones 3-7. She is reliable and resilient and has made her way to the list of classic spring flowers to plant this fall.
10.) Drumstick Allium
Drumroll, please! As we await to tell you more about the final classic spring flower on this list. Blooming late in June with 1″ sphere-shaped blooms, the Drumstick Allium is a long-time favorite among gardeners. The blooms look great freshly cut in a vase, but also last long as dried flowers. They are deer-resistant and grow 22-28″ tall.
Keep it Easy with the Classics
If you aren’t sure what to plant or where to start this fall, keep it easy with the classics. They are reliable and won’t let you down. There is a reason why they are popular and gardeners continue planting them for decades. Classic spring flowers mixed in with a few unique gems will make for an interesting and colorful display of spring flowers.
If you are looking for more details on classic spring flowers this article on 10 Essential Bulbs for Fall Planting is a great place to start!