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It's hard to believe, but spring is almost here! Now that it's February 20th, we're less than a month away from fresh flowers, stunning color and eye-catching spring gardens. Though the official start of spring is March 20th, why wait to check out the plants and trees you need to make your spring garden second to none?

Whether you're going for the popular Tulip Poplar (it's not just for fall!), graceful Weeping Willow or classic White Dogwood, we've got you covered with our top 5 for spring.

Tulip Poplar

1. Tulip Poplar

When it comes to the ever-popular Tulip Poplar, you might initially think of its rich, dazzling fall color, lining streets with gold autumnal tones. But did you know that the Tulip is known for its spring blooms?

That's right: Because of the Tulip Poplar's fast growth rate and ability to thrive in full sun, you'll get blankets of flowers that cover its silhouette. And each petal's aromatic fragrance attracts birds and butterflies for a wildlife show that's indicative of the spring season.


2. Weeping Willow

Though it doesn't boast blooms, the Weeping Willow is well-suited for springtime. I mean, who doesn't love graceful, soft green shade? It's the perfect backdrop to some of your more colorful plants and trees.

Weeping Willow

Plus, it's especially perfect for the season because it will be the first harbinger of spring when its leaves appear before most others. And since it's one of the last trees lose its leaves in the fall, the Weeping Willow shines through the spring and summer.


3. White Dogwood

White Dogwood TreeWe can't talk about spring without mentioning the timeless White Dogwood. And there's really no better way to welcome the season than with an exciting show of creamy white blooms in signatures from May to June. Plus, the White Dogwood is especially suited to plant near streets, patios and property borders, particularly in showy, floral-filled rows.

Even better? We have the Red and Pink varieties as ideal contrasts.


4. Southern Magnolia

It's the best of both worlds: Deeply-toned green foliage with a simple smattering of sizable white blooms set the Southern Magnolia Tree apart. And it's a pretty iconic tree, known for being synonymous with warm, pleasant temperatures and sunny days.

Southern Magnolia Tree

The great part is that its shiny thick leaves are evergreen, so you get year-round visual interest from the Southern Magnolia. It's also a sweet place of refuge for birds, squirrels, and rabbits, making all your woodland, springtime dreams come true.


5. Debutante Camellia

Debutante CamelliaImagine large pink blossoms that emerge early each spring like clockwork. With the Debutante Camellia, it's a promise. Especially since it's super hardy and easy to grow, year after year. Plus, it boasts evergreen foliage, similar to the Southern Magnolia. That means you'll have an amazing focal point in your garden long after the flowers fade - though the Debutante's sizable 4-inch blooms last for months.

So, from the Tulip Poplar to the Weeping Willow or iconic Camellia, you'll be ahead of the game for spring. And there's nothing like planning for our favorite months of the year!