Top 5 Must-Have Garden Plants for Spring

5 of our customer’s favorite perennial plants for spring. Easy to grow, hardy, and floriferous you’ll thank yourself for planting them and your neighbors will thank you too. Whether planning a new garden or adding to an existing one, we give you the highlights of these must-have plants for spring.



Lupinus is a showstopper in the garden with wands of densely clustered, exquisitely colored flowers along stout stems. Commonly called lupine, this compact summer flowering perennial blooms in early summer and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Lupines come in a multitude of colors and hues. They are hardy, low maintenance, easy to grow, and native to North America.




Fragrant, colorful, and heavy blooming perennial, monarda (commonly known as bee balm), creates a delightful display in your garden. Ideal as cut flowers these vibrant blooms sway above mint scented, dark green foliage. Perfect for patio containers and sunny borders bee balm attracts pollinators and is resistant to deer, rabbits, and other garden pests.

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Phlox are a versatile favorite of gardeners. Creeping phlox blanket your flower garden with delicate, tiny flowers on low-growing foliage in late spring. Garden phlox are upright perennials with large clusters of dainty flowers in colors that include white, purple, fuchsia, coral, red, pink, and variegated shades. Phlox are easy-to-grow, sun loving perennials that are striking in mass plantings. Phlox attract pollinators while proving unpalatable to deer. Garden phlox make ideal cut flowers and have a long vase life.




Hydrangeas, through hybridizing, thrive in USDA Growing Zones as for north as Zone 4. Wayside Gardens customers rely on our expansive variety of hydrangeas with a variety of growing characteristics. From landscape bushes to patio containers, if you haven’t considered hydrangeas for your garden, look again. They are garden superstars, long lasting in the vase, and can create a captivating natural hedge with their large, long lived, rounded blossoms.




The lilac bush, what a glorious precursor to spring in both its scent and beauty. Syringa is a landscape staple in colder climates for good reason. It requires little care, is hardy and long flowering and the distinctively shaped leaves remain lovely into fall. Can’t wait for the sweet smell of lilac in your garden? Wayside Gardens offers Syringa Bloomerang® which is known to produce flowers its first year and keep on producing for a very long season that doesn’t end until frost.

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Commonly call a snowball bush, vibernum is one of the best flowering landscape shrubs. They are easy to grow and tolerate a wide range of soil types and a variety of sunlight needs. Beautiful textured foliage accents this genus of generous bloomers. While we likely envision the showy poms of blooms the snowball bush is known for, the genus vibernum has a variety of flowering a fruiting shrubs to ornament your garden. Some flower in spring and early summer and present berries in autumn. For pollination and increased fruit production, our experts recommend that you grow two different varieties with the same bloom seasons.