Experience the Beauty of Spring in Cincy

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Experience the Beauty of Spring in Cincy

Spring has sprung in our Cincinnati Parks!

Spring is an exciting time in Cincinnati, even with the uncertainties we currently face. Thankfully, all Cincinnati Parks remain open, which means that everyone can still visit and explore all they have to offer.

Right now, most of our parks are full of beautiful Spring blooms. It’s the perfect time to take a walk and observe as many blooms as you can. Find a short list below of flowers and plants to keep an eye out for in March, April and May (this is not an extensive list).


spice bush, a yellow shrub on a branch

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin): This is a great native shrub and host plant to Spicebush Butterfly caterpillars.

witch hazel plant, red and orange on branch.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis)

pink buds getting ready to bloom

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles)

gorgeous open blooms of purple and pink hues


pink and white cherry blossoms

Cherry and Plums or Prunus

tree with deep pink flowering blooms

Redbud or Cercis species

white flowers on tree

Dogwood or Cornus species

light and dark purple hanging plant



yellow flowers with green leaves

Winter aconite

white flowers with petals halfway open


lavendar colored flowers growing from ground surrounded by grass

Iris reticulata

bluish purple flowers growing out of ground

Siberian squill or Scilla species

small deep purple flowers that collect around each other on green stems

Hyacinths/Grape Hyacinths

yellow flowers with petals wide open


rows of red, orange and yellow tulips with tight petals and green stems



maroon color petals with light green middle

Lenten Rose (Hellebore): Blooms from January – May.

purple downward hanging flowers in the shape of a cone

Virginia Bluebells

cluster of magenta flowers

Silene ‘Rolly’s Favorite’

downward hanging yellow flowers, look similar to light lamps

Trout Lily

light purple flowers grouped together among green plants

Woodland phlox

Herbaceous Plants

light blue flowers that look like starfish

Amsonia species

red and white and yellow flowers

Columbine or Aquilegia species

It is quite apparent that Spring is coming despite the current global pandemic. This is an unusual time for us all, but nature has a way to make things better. When you visit, enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrant scents these plants offer. You may also see some of our horticulturists out in the field planting and pruning these beauties. Spring is a time of happiness, change and growth. We hope you have a chance to enjoy all of these gorgeous blooms. Don’t forget to take lots of photos and be sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Check out Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s article COVID-19 Can’t Cancel Spring Blooms.