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Granted, “hanami,” the Japanese cherry blossom festival, is usually associated with white and pink flowers, but spring of course offers up many other colors. There’s an entire array of ornamental shrubs that bloom early in the year before leafing out and which bring dashes of red or yellow color to the garden. 



Cherry Tree
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In Japan the blooming of the cherry trees is a nationwide event called “hanami,” or “flower viewing.” It marks the beginning of spring, serving, too, as a metaphor for beauty and transience. Hordes of people stream through the public parks and gardens, picknicking and celebrating with friends under canopies of pink and white blossoms.



Pelargonium

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Almost everyone knows the Pelargonium, but the Regal Pelargonium is less well-known. This plant is known by its large trumpet shaped flowers, which give it its name grandiflorum, and the velvety, serrated leaves.

Magnolia
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The spectrum of magnolias extends from small shrubs to mid-range trees such as the star magnolia (Magnolia stellata), to the majestic specimens that herald spring from city parks and open spaces. Magnolias are differentiated into early (March/April), late spring (April/May), and summer (June/July) blooming varieties.

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Primulas are known as fun, colourful winter and spring plants for indoors and outdoors. Primula is also a diminutive of the word Primus and means ‘first’. The plant is therefore perfect to herald the spring.

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