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23 Beautiful Spring Blooming Perennial Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs

Are you dreaming of warmer days yet?  My dreams tend to be made of all the beautiful perennial flowers, trees, and shrubs that bloom in Spring. Best of all, every one of these picks is hardy to zone 2 or zone 3!!

You’ll be surprised at how many beautiful plants you can grow, many of them with pink and white blossoms. Whether you’re planning out your front yard, landscaping a back yard, or looking for some flowers to grow in pots, there’s something for you on this list.

Spring Blooming Bulbs



Domesticated varieties of crocuses are best for the garden, however, I’ve compiled a list of where you can find wild crocuses in the spring.



This grape variety is the one we always had when I was a little girl.  The regular varieties are stunning as well.


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Lily of the Valley

Be careful where you grow this perennial, as it easily gets out of control in a few years.  Unless you love lily of the valley.  Then let it grow where it may.


Peonies are hands down one of my favourite flowers.  We are blessed with 8 of them in our yard and I’ve written this handy growing guide plus some DIY’s.



Want to learn more about the best perennials to grow in zone 3? Here’s 53 favourites, some you might want to avoid, and excellent choices for shady spots.

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Trees with Pink and White Blossoms


Most lilacs are white or purple, however, the Miss Canada variety is a lovely shade of pink.

Japanese Tree Lilac

Flowering Crab Apples

Whether your crab apple tree is ornamental or grows edible apples, you are guaranteed beautiful blooms in the spring.  The Thunderchild ornamental crab tree is an especially beautiful variety.


Hawthorn trees give gorgeous white blossoms in the spring and beautiful red berries in the summer.  Try the Toba variety.

Mock Orange

Apple Trees

An apple tree in spring is one of the most beautiful sights to behold.  I don’t know which is better, the blooms in the spring or the fruit in the fall?  Hmm. . .tough decision.

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Cherry Trees

Sour cherry trees have the most beautiful pink and white blossoms in the spring.  While all the varieties have beautiful blooms, the Evans cherry is particularly beautiful.  The Amur cherry is a lovely ornamental variety that has beautiful golden bark and white blossoms.

Any Fruit Tree

While I’ve listed a couple of fruit trees, please know that any fruit tree you plant will have beautiful blossoms in the spring.  I’ve compiled a list of 28 fruit trees that are hardy to zone 2 and zone 3 for your reference.

Spring Blooming Shrubs


Double Flowering Plum

A beautiful ornamental shrub that unfortunately, doesn’t produce edible plums.  The Muckle Plum is another good ornamental option, and looks very similar to a cherry tree.


Be careful which Hydrangea variety you plant if you are in zone 3 like I am.  Proven Winners has 7 varieties that are actually hardy to zone 3.  Most hydrangea varieties seem to be hardy to zones 5-9.

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Burning Bush

Burning bushes are more well-known for their beautiful red foliage in the fall.  However, you’ll love the delicate white blooms in the spring too!

Russian Almond

A Russian almond tree does not produce an edible almond, as one would think from the name.  However, the blooms in Spring are so pretty that you won’t really care.

With so many Spring blooming plants to choose from, which one’s will you choose?  Let me know your favourites in the comments.

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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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