Springtime in the South always seems to take too long to arrive, and then the summer pushes it away far sooner than we’d hoped. It’s a fleeting chapter, but one that arrives with warmer temperatures, a feeling of levity, and an entire roster of beautiful flowers. Whether they’re hardy annuals or highly anticipated perennials, it’s these bursts of color that signal the seasonal shift and its accompanying festivals, events, and general merriment. 

Of course, Mobile, Alabama, otherwise known as the Azalea City, had to make this list. Your first stop? A tour of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. And while the 65-acre estate's azaleas bloom in March, they’re not the only flowers you’ll find in the garden. There are also tulips, petunias, and pansies; April welcomes roses and verbena; and in May, zinnia and Southern magnolia make their appearances. Mobile Botanical Gardens is another must-visit this time of year, especially if you’re interested in seeing daffodils, salvias, yarrow, and Dutch irises. 

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