27 Joyful Easter Flowers to Plant for a Garden Ready to Celebrate the Holiday

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Because Easter arrives at various times in the spring, it can be a little challenging to plan a landscape with Easter flowers ready to burst into bloom. By designing your landscape to include flowers that bloom throughout March and April, you can make sure you always have flowers blooming.

27 Most Fun Easter Flowers to Plant for Unforgettable Easter Egg Hunts

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However, for many in the United States, Easter flowers have a task besides looking beautiful. Easter egg hunts are often conducted outdoors, and having a floral abundance can mean memorable egg hunts. Plants with large, droopy leaves can make finding the eggs feel like a treasure hunt while colorful flowers can be used to camouflage the eggs.

1. Large-Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus ‘Easter Morn’)

Large-Cupped Daffodil

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Daffodils are one of the most recognizable types of Easter flowers. Although incredibly low maintenance, daffodils are some of the most reliably consistent flowers in your spring garden. To ensure blooming daffodils at Eastertime, plant varieties with different bloom times. This variety offers large white-on-white petals that will look fantastic with your other Easter flowers.

2. Eastern Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla Patens)

Eastern Pasque Flower

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Contentedness, Easter
  • 💧 Water needs: Dry to medium, drought-tolerant
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Gritty soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 7
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

Gathered in clumps, these purple and yellow flowers make the perfect hiding spot for Easter eggs. Silklike hairs on the foliage glow silver in the early morning sunlight to give eastern Pasque flowers a magical appeal. Because these flowers bloom through frost, they are a great choice for years when Easter arrives early.

3. Carolina Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium Sempervirens)

Carolina Yellow Jasmine

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Parting, happiness, and friendship
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich soils with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 7 to 10
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: February to April

Bursting with vivacious abundance, Carolina Yellow Jasmine is an evergreen vine that explodes with trumpet-shaped flowers in early spring. To enjoy cheerful yellow flowers at eye level, give it a structure to climb. If left to its own devices, it mounds into a shrub-like shape and sprawls laterally via runners.

4. Persian Violet (Cyclamen Persicum)

Persian Violet

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Innocence, everlasting love, modesty, spiritual wisdom, faithfulness
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Light soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: November to March

With a native range including Israel, Persian violet is an excellent early Easter flower to plant in your garden. Available in a range of colors including pink, lavender, and white, you can match your flowers to your decor. Persian violets stop blooming and go dormant in spring, but come back to life in fall.

5. Tulip (Tulipa)

Tulip

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Perfect and deep love
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Fertile soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

Tulips are colorful, dramatic, and iconic Easter flowers. As you can see in pictures of these Easter flowers, they even appear like a field of Easter eggs. Because these symbols of springtime splendor are available in every color except true blue, you will be able to find the perfect variety for your outdoor decor.

6. White Forsythia (Abeliophyllum Distichum)

White Forsythia

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Obedience, spring sun and anticipation
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium, drought-tolerant
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

Noted for prolific white flowers and quick growth, white forsythia serves as an excellent backdrop within your landscape. While white forsythia may not be among the most dramatic types of Easter flowers, they add dimension and serve as an excellent background for pictures. For an impressive border, try alternating white and yellow forsythia.

7. Sapphire Anemone (Anemone Blanda)

Sapphire Anemone

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Loving farewell, the act of forsaken love
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April

Add a touch of soft pastel blue to your Easter landscape with a plot of sapphire anemone. Of course, if blue is not appropriate for your palette, you can experiment with white, pink, and purple-tinted red. As if designed for Easter egg hunts, these flowers form a charming carpet-like mat in spring.

8. Columbine (Aquilegia ‘Dove’)

Columbine

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Spiritual peace, endurance and perseverance
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

Although columbine can be found in a wide range of colors, the pure white found in this variety can be a refreshing element to any Easter landscape. With a sculpture-like flower structure that can be observed in images of these Easter flowers, columbine does not always need flashy colors to capture attention.

9. French Mignonette (Dianthus Chinensis)

French Mignonette

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Courage, valor
  • 💧 Water needs: Dry to medium, tolerates drought
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage, tolerates clay soil
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 6 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to June

French mignonette might require a little extra maintenance, but offers bounteous bicolor blooms in return. From warm pinks to cool whites and everything in between this Easter flower adds playful energy to any space. Plant en masse for a blanket of expressive yet fluffy flowers.

10. Camellia (Camellia Japonica ‘April Dawn’)

Camellia

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Fidelity, perfect, love, adoration, and longing
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Acidic soils with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 6 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April

With evergreen foliage and bright blossoms, a camellia shrub can illuminate any landscape. Although most camellias bloom later in the summer, ‘April Dawn’ shows large dappled blooms around Eastertime. To give your garden an artistic appeal, these camellia flowers are unique and almost appear hand-painted.

11. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Florida)

Flowering Dogwood

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Spring, soothing, symbols of rebirth
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average, slightly acidic soils with good drainage, tolerates clay soil
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

When designing an Easter landscape, cultivate dimension by layering flowers at varying heights. A flowering tree like the dogwood not only serves as a beautiful backdrop but also acts as a good hiding spot for Easter eggs. Although images of these Easter flowers often show white blooms, red and pink-flowering dogwoods are also available.

12. Spring Crocus (Crocus Vernus ‘Striped Beauty’)

Spring Crocus

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Youth, happiness
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage, tolerates clay soil
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

For three weeks in early spring, the crocus heralds springtime’s long-awaited arrival. As shown in this image, ‘Striped Beauty’ showcases delicate purple lines on a cool white background. Depending on what colors your garden yearns for, spring crocus flowers can also be found in rich purple and joyful yellow-orange.

13. Handkerchief Tree (Davidia Involucrata)

Handkerchief Tree

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Enigma, sacrifice and peace
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich soils with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 6 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

If your landscape has room for a tree that tops out at 40 feet, the handkerchief tree offers some unique visual interest. Instead of flopping white flowers, you will be able to enjoy 7-inch long drooping white bracts. These bracts flutter delightfully in the breeze, making this tree an excellent design feature.

14. Gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides)

Gardenia

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Feminine allure, purity and gentleness
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Acidic, humus-type soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to June

Beyond their white brilliance, gardenia flowers contribute a pleasant, perfume-like fragrance to your garden. Because they are happy in large containers or planted in the ground, these Easter flowers can be planted in any springtime landscape. When spring fades to summer, the evergreen foliage will continue to provide visual interest.

15. Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus Orientalis)

Dutch Hyacinth

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Playful, peaceful, committed and beauty, but also of power and pride
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

Because of their bright color and powerful fragrance, hyacinths are a springtime favorite. As you can see from pictures of these Easter flowers, they come in a variety of colors. If you cannot decide which color is right for your space, ETOUFFEE offers a mix of joyful colors including pink, lavender, and blue.

16. Magnolia (Magnolia ‘George Henry Kern’)

Magnolia

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Virtue, hidden smiles, nobility, perseverance, and love of nature
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich, slightly acidic soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

In a dazzling display of springtime majesty, magnolia flowers seem almost synonymous with magnificence. Although it takes some planning to put a tree in your outdoor space, the showy flowers around Easter are an unforgettable addition. If pink petals do not have the right energy, try yellow, purple, or white instead.

17. Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila Paniculata ‘Bristol Fairy’)

Baby’s Breath

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Everlasting love
  • 💧 Water needs: Dry
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Alkaline soils with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to August

While baby’s breath may not steal the show, its mist of minuscule white blooms emphasizes more dramatic flowers. These blooms are one of the many types of Easter flowers that make attractive cut flower arrangements. With its bushy abundance, baby’s breath makes the perfect place to hide an Easter egg or two.

18. Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia Maritima ‘Snow Crystals’)

Sweet Alyssum

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Priceless, worth beyond beauty
  • 💧 Water needs: Dry to medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April until frost

With a profusion of white flowers so thick they obscure the foliage, sweet alyssum can help a spring garden feel magical. Like all mat-forming plants, these types of Easter flowers work best when used as groundcover. This image may show white flowers, but there are cultivars featuring purple, pink, and apricot blooms.

19. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia Milii)

Crown of Thorns

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Passion
  • 💧 Water needs: Dry to medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: Seasonal

When you see these bright red flowers depends on your climate and the crown of the thorns plant’s location. Whether you grow as a houseplant or in the garden, these woody succulents bloom in late winter through the fall. Because they sport sharp thorns, it is important to wear gloves while handling them.

20. Cowslip (Primula Veris)

Cowslip

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Grace, adventure, mischief
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Humus-type soil preferred, tolerates boggy soil
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

Simple yellow cowslip flowers may seem like humble Easter flowers to plant, but they are a wonderful way to add sunny yellow to shady areas. For full effect, use cowslip as an edging element or to help define a border. A graceful flower shape accentuates the elegance in an outdoor space without stealing the show.

21. Lenten Rose (Helleborus ‘Brushstrokes Strain’)

Lenten Rose

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Euphoria, serenity, tranquility and peace
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Fertile, alkaline-tending soil
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade to full shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to May

With cup-like flowers and flashy patterns, the Lenten rose is rich with expressive color. This variety is noted for its decorative patterns, which, depending on the flower, can appear like streaks, splashes, or spots. As hellebore instead of a true rose, Lenten roses are a hardy perennial with lots of color potential.

22. Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Hoosier Rose’)

Azalea

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Devotion, family, and familial duty, wealth and elegance
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich soils with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

Legendary for their colorful profusion of flowers, azaleas are a popular choice for spring gardens. Beyond simple springtime glory, a flowering azalea bush is a great plant to include in an Easter egg hunt. As you can see from the pictures of these Easter flowers, their soft color is embellished with a spray of spots.

23. Iris (Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’)

Iris

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Victory, vitality, wisdom, hope, trust, and valor
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

With a unique petal structure and upright stature, irises are some of spring’s most iconic flowers. ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ offers delicate blue lines, a yellow sunburst, and some fun freckling. Although it is a petite iris – only reaching 6 inches in height – it is a great way to include a splash of pastel blue.

24. Large-Flowered Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘Lawrence Johnston’)

Large-Flowered Climbing Rose

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Glory, virtue
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Acidic soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to June

Although most types of roses bloom after Easter has passed, this variety of large-flowered climbing roses offers obliging yellow blooms just in time. As a climbing rose, it performs best when given a trellis, fence, or pillar to ascend. Although it provides fun yellow flowers, the ‘Lawrence Johnston’ does have thorns.

25. French Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris ‘Agincourt Beauty’)

French Lilac

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Loving friendship
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Average soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 7
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to May

Among the most reliable bloomers in a spring garden, fragrant French lilac can make any Easter celebration feel a little more special. These purple flowers are great when used as a specimen and magnificent when cultivated as a hedge. Among lilacs, ‘Agincourt Beauty’ showcases some of the largest flowers on the market.

26. Pyrenean Violet (Viola Cornuta)

Pyrenean Violet

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Humility
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Humus soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 6 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to June

Coming from the Spanish Pyrenese mountains, these perennial blooms arrive in the perfect palette for Easter. In April, soft petals in shades of violet, white, blue, and yellow appear ready to welcome the Easter season. Best of all, these beautiful Easter flowers also attract butterflies.

27. Zephyr Lily (Zephyranthes Simpsonii)

Zephyr Lily

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Anticipation, hope, new beginnings
  • 💧 Water needs: Medium
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Sandy soil with good drainage
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 7 to 10
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: February to May

Although Easter lilies do not bloom during Easter unless grown in a greenhouse, zephyr lilies bloom throughout spring. As you can see in images of these Easter flowers, graceful white petals lend elegance and gravitas to a space. Zephyr lilies may be short in stature but are large in spirit.

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Easter means something different to each person, and this is reflected in the garden. For those who focus on Easter as a religious holiday, white flowers take center stage. Those who host Easter egg hunts may prioritize colorful flowers with lots of foliage to give the egg-seekers a challenge.

Whatever Easter looks like for you, pick the flowers that resonate most with you. By planting your favorite flowers that bloom through March and April, you will be able to luxuriate in bounteous blooms throughout the Easter season. From snowy white petals to explosions of color, there are plenty of exhilarating options.