As winter’s chill recedes, the first blooms of spring are a welcome sight in the Northeast. Early-blooming trees and shrubs not only signal the end of cold days, but also bring life and color back to our gardens. At GardenUP, we understand the gardeners and nature enthusiasts as they watch and wait for these springtime delights. To help you prepare your garden for the upcoming season, we’ve curated a list of trees and shrubs that are among the first to bloom in the Northeast, ensuring your outdoor space is alive with color and activity as early as possible. Consider these early blooming plants when adding to your home garden!

Forsythia (Forsythia spp.)

The vibrant yellow blossoms of Forsythia are often the first hint that spring has arrived. These hardy shrubs light up the landscape with their bright flowers, which appear before the leaves, creating a stunning display against the still-dormant backdrop. Forsythia thrives in full sun and adapts to various soil types, making it a versatile choice for many gardens.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)