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Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s time to wake up from your winter hibernation and smell the flowers.

Gardening with the kids is the ultimate spring activity – it gets them outside, gets their hands dirty and lets them discover the joys of nature.

Here are the flowers to plant this season.

Pansies

If you’re looking for an annual flower that grows in a variety of vibrant shades, you’ll find it in pretty pansies. The different types make them perfect for just about any garden – trailing varietals look great cascading over the edges of large pots, while bunches fill a window box beautifully. The ease with which you can grow them means they’re great for families. 

Daffodil

Who doesn’t love a daffodil? Best planted in autumn, before the really warm weather rolls around, beautiful yellow daffodils are a symbol of rebirth and hope – what better flower to have bloom for springtime? They’re also very versatile ans can be grown in a pot, planter or on your lawn!

Viola

These sweet spring blooms will deliver a beautiful aroma to your garden or windowsill, and beautiful colour to match. They can tolerate some sun but prefer the shade, making them ideal for gardens that don’t get a lot of direct sunlight. 

Ground orchids

Appearing in white, purple and various shades of pink, it doesn’t get much prettier than the ground orchid, or bletilla. It blooms for up to six weeks, meaning you can enjoy its exotic appearance for almost two months – it also thrives in warmer climates!

Corydalis

We’re particularly fond of exotic looking flowers, and corydalis – with its tubular flowers and finely-cut foliage – is one of the best. It is lightly scented and is known to die back in the hotter months and return again in autumn.

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