Loma Vista Nursery News

Our Pick for Spring Interest: Magnolias

The weather can be quite dreary in spring, especially in the beginning when winter is resisting letting go. It’s easy for you and your landscape to be feeling blue. However, we have a fix for that. Try planting Magnolias.

Why Magnolias?

Early spring interest

The main reason we think that Magnolias are one of the best plants to have in spring is because magnolias bloom when other plants are just starting to wake up. Depending on the variety, magnolias can have white, pink, reddish, or purple flowers that will make your landscape pop before any other plants wake up from their dormant state in winter. This is the best way to lift your spirts after a long winter and give you something to look forward to at the start of each spring.

above: Royal Star Magnolia blooms


The more common Magnolia varieties usually come as small trees (10-20ft) like the Royal Star Magnolia or shrubs (around 8ft) like the Magnolia Ann. Because they come in shrub and tree forms, Magnolias have a lot of versatility in the way they can be added to landscapes. They can act as standalone pieces, or they can be planted together to make a hedge feature.

above: Our crop of Royal Stars. They create their fuzzy buds in the winter to prepare for their early spring blooms

They’re just downright pretty

Have you seen a Magnolia in full-bloom? Their flowers fill up the entirety of their branches long before their leaves return. Basically, this plant is one giant bouquet of flowers in the spring. On top of their looks, they’re hardy plants that will promise blooms year after year.

above: Some Magnolias that are full-bloom in spring.

Have Questions About Plants?

We may be a wholesale grower, but our staff are experts in the field. What’s more, is we love helping people learn more and understand more about plants. We grow healthy plants, and we want our plants (and any plants really) to be successful in the landscapes they are planted in.  Feel free to email us at sales@lomavistanursery.com or call us at (785) 229-7200 if you ever have plant-related questions.