10 Plants That Bloom Once a Year (Check This…)

by Alex Kountry
Updated on

Those who are avid gardeners are aware that flowering plants have different blooming times.

While some can bloom all year round, some can only bloom once a year and some can bloom for many years before dying out. 

A plant’s temperature, light, moisture, nutrients, and genetic composition are some of the factors that can affect its’ blooming periods. We will discuss ten flowers that bloom once a year in today’s post. 

1. Iris Danfordiae

Iris Danfordiae is a small bulbous perennial native to the Caucasus Mountains.

It has grass-like leaves and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow, or blue flowers that bloom in early spring, creating an effect evocative of butterflies flitting close to the ground. 

Iris danfordiae is a magnificent plant with colorful primrose-yellow flowers that reach a diameter of 2 inches and are exquisitely embellished with small chocolate speckles in the fall. 

After flowering, the vegetation of the slender, grass-like grey-green leaves elongates to up to 12 in. in length (30 cm).

This plant reaches a height of 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) and thrives in average, medium moisture soil.

2. Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is among the first flowering plants, frequently blooming in January.

It lacks the family’s distinctive scent, but its cheery, buttery blooms help dispel winter doldrums and provide motivation to the gardener. 

This ornamental plant establishes quickly, and winter jasmine care is quite easy. 

Winter jasmine is a scraggly shrub that evokes images of summertime sunshine and summer heat in the gardener’s mind.

While the usual jasmine has an intensely sweet scent, an interesting fact about winter jasmine is its lack of scent. 

Nonetheless, its blooms add a magical touch to a cold-season landscape, and winter jasmine is a low-maintenance plant that is a favorite of lazy gardeners.

Here is an article I wrote on flowers that open and close

3. Daffodils

Daffodils are a resilient and easy-to-grow plant that thrives in the majority of North America’s climate zones.

Daffodils are fall-planted plants, which means they will bloom in late winter or early spring if planted in autumn.

Although the traditional daffodil flower is a showy yellow or white with six petals and a trumpet-shaped central corona, there are numerous cultivated varieties available today. 

Between one and twenty flowers are produced on leafless stems; occasionally, the flowers must be staked to prevent the stems from collapsing.

Daffodils are an excellent choice for cultivation between shrubs or on a border, as well as for forcing blooms indoors. 

They are stunning in woodland gardens and large groves. You’ll notice that many horticulturists plant daffodils in hundreds rather than dozens.

Daffodil flowers are also excellent cut flowers for spring.

4. Winter Aconite

The winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is one of the first spring bulbs to bloom. This buttercup family plant (Ranunculaceae) is native to Asia Minor and Europe.

It has small flowers resembling miniature buttercups. 

The yellow cup-shaped flowers are solitary and are enveloped by bright green bracts that form a collar around the blossom.

Each flower has six petals and an abundance of stamens and pistils in the center. 

This hardy tuberous perennial is a small tuberous perennial. The low-growing plants form rounded clumps that range in height and width from 3 to 6 inches.

After the flowers fade, the dark green leaves appear. 

Each slender leaf has several finger-shaped lobes. Summer sees the plant go dormant, with the foliage completely dying back.

5. Daphnes

Daphnes are wonderful late winter bloomers that add color to the garden following the dreary winter months.

There are numerous varieties of daphne, the most common of which is the evergreen D. odora and its varied forms. 

They are compact shrubs that reach a height of approximately 1–1.5m and a spread of approximately the same.

Leaves are typically dark green, with leaves beginning at bright green and maturing to a dark green color.

Shrubs can mature to be quite woody. The trick is to prune them back after flowering to ensure that they continue to produce lush new growth year after year. 

At the tips of these new shoots, dense groups of waxy small flowers are carried.

The color of the flowers varies according to the growing conditions and variety, ranging from white to deep pink mauve color.

6. Forsythia

Forsythias is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs in the olive family.

These moderate, rapid are characterized by their long branches that are covered in brilliant yellow blooms in the early spring. 

Because the flowers bloom before the leaves, you get a good view of the blooms without any foliage to obstruct your view.

Forsythia is a favorite of bees and butterflies, and it makes a cheerful border plant for any yard. 

Some of the smaller forsythia varieties are only a couple of feet tall with a mildly larger range, whereas many of the larger varieties reach heights and spreads of around ten feet.

Forsythias are vigorous growers that can reach heights of up to 24 inches in a single year, especially large cultivars.

They perform best when planted in late fall or early spring, while the plants are still defunct.

Also check out this article I wrote on plants with long roots

7. Scilla 

Scilla is a genus of approximately 90 species, the majority of which are native to woodlands and meadows all through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. 

The majority of Scillas species bloom in the spring, but a few species bloom in the late summer or fall.

Scillas are characterized by small bell-shaped or twinkling flowers that typically dangle from slender 3-6 in. stems (7-15 cm). 

Their flowers are typically blue, but they can also be found in white, pink, or purple. Scillas produce a few to several grassy, basal, linear leaves from a bulb.

The majority of Scilla varieties are ideal for naturalizing in the grass alongside snowdrops, crocuses, or daffodils.

8. Tulips

Tulips typically bloom in late winter or early spring. If unusually mild winter weather results in premature growth, the danger is not as great as it appears.

Tulips (and daffodils, as well) are quite tolerant of cold temperatures. 

However, if freezing winter temperatures return, growth may be slowed.

Snow can actually be beneficial in this situation, as it can help protect the foliage from extreme cold.

Tulip flowers have three petals and three sepals and are typically cup-shaped.

The upright flowers are available in single or double forms and range in shape from simple cups, bowls, and goblets to more complex shapes. 

The height of tulips varies between 6 and 2 feet. Each stem bears one tulip and two to six broad leaves.

9. Daisies

Daisy is a small wildflower with yellow petals and a yellow center.

Daisy is an April birth flower. There are numerous varieties of daisies, ranging from the well-known yellow centers and white flowers of the most common variety to fast-growing wildflowers. 

The Common daisies, Shasta, Barberton, Oxeye, and Painted daisies are all common varieties.

Daisies self-seed and reproduce, which means the bushes will continue to grow in size  year after year.

Within a year or two of the initial bloom, the plant’s roots may become so crowded that they wither, resulting in the defoliation of some parts of the plant.

10. Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris, the common lilac, is well-loved for its toughness, dependability, and fragrance.

Indeed, lilacs are so hardy that they can live for 100 years or more, frequently outliving the homes in which they were planted.

This deciduous multi-stemmed shrub (or small tree) features approximately ten canes and blooms at eye level.

The common lilac grows to a height of between eight and twelve feet, depending on the cultivar. 

The fragrant flowers make excellent cut flowers and are a magnet for butterflies.

While the blooms are typically lilac/purple in color (ranging from very pale to very dark), there are also white and cream lilac varieties, as well as pink and yellow lilac varieties. 

Lilac flowers can be in single or double forms.


Although these plants only bloom once a year, you’ll find that they are beautiful and perfect additions to every garden.

Some of them bloom in early spring and bring color to your garden as the season transitions. 

If you are planning to grow a garden, then you should consider planting one or more of these flowers.

It would be a great view for your landscape and you could enjoy it with your family. 

Photo of author

About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


HayFarmGuy - Get Info About Farm Animals in Your Inbox