Magnificant daisy: Bellis perennis
This cultivated version of the wild field daisy blooms exceptionally early, and keeps flowering over and over throughout the year. It's a wonderful ally in a battle against night frost, as it takes frost damage in its stride, and continues putting out cheerful new flowers. You can rely on Bellis perennis to provide the year's first bright colours in your garden or flower pots.
Cold beauty: garden rose
The rose's beauty isn't just limited to spring: some varieties of the flower spread colour and cheerfulness throughout November, December and January, defying even the bitterest cold. While the garden rose doesn't exactly enjoy frost, the plant perks straight back up when it gets warmer, with no great harm done. Whether in white, yellow, apricot, pink, dark purple, the flowers always make us smile.
Wild flower: primula and primrose
A variation on classic, cultivated varities, wild primulas and primroses bring bursts of colour to the outdoors. The plants are happy in the shade and flower all the way through spring, providing wonderful frost-free flashes of brightness to flowerbeds.
Need some more spring inspiration? Take a look at our spring dossier for green inspiration and tips, discover how to transform your outdoor space into a green oasis or roll up your sleeves and get started on these spring jobs for the garden. Share your greenery with us via Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #thejoyofplants.