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Paris blooms. Almost all year. But there is something sacred when spring arrives carrying signs of renewed life. Spring flowers in Paris bring a pop of colour. Fragrances carried on a light breeze fill the air.
Coming from Canada where the majority of the country is frozen solid until an early spring thaw in April, I can barely contain myself when I find a rose blooming in January in Paris. Yellow crocuses and violet hyacinths poking through the earth in February make my heart skip.
In March, magnolias are ready to burst into bloom by the Eiffel Tower and cherry blossoms colour the city in a pink hue. Love chestnut trees in bloom? Stand on the bridges of Canal Saint-Martin and witness the glorious trees laden with white blossoms arching over the waterway.
Finding spring flowers in Paris adds to the romance of the city. It lightens the heart to find tulips, poppies, and daffodils taking up their space and shouting, “Here I am!” or quietly tucked away in secluded corners.
Here is your guide to tracking down spring flowers in Paris.
Spring Flowers In Paris: Magnolias
I love chasing magnolias and finding the pink or white buds facing skyward, just ready to burst forth. They are anxious to be seen, flowering before their glossy green leaves arrive. Magnolias are one of the spring flowers in Paris that are worth the side trip.
Close your eyes, just for a second, and inhale. The fragrance of magnolias is a sure sign that spring is here. Ah, spring flowers in Paris can shift a day from ordinary to extraordinary.
When Do Magnolias Bloom In Paris?
Start looking for pink and white magnolias early to mid-March. Magnolia flowers only stay on the plant for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Where To See Magnolia Flowers In Paris
1. The Eiffel Tower And The Champ de Mars
The Eiffel Tower in the spring framed with pink magnolias is magic. It is a sight you won’t soon forget. Find the best magnolias trees while standing facing the Eiffel Tower on the west side of the Champ de Mars. Don’t forget the Eiffel Tower is not the only thing to do in the 7th arrondissement!
2. Garden of the Palais Royal
One of my favourite gardens in Paris, both pink magnolia trees and white magnolia trees are a stunning sight (1st arrondissement).
3. The Tuileries Gardens
Stand in the Tuileries Gardens close to the Louvre to find magnolias. (1st arrondissement)
4. rue Saint-Blaise
This cobbled street in the 20th arrondissement has two beautiful magnolia trees.
5. Eglise Saint-Eustache
Stand in the square at Chatelet-Les Halles and admire magnolia trees and this magnificent Gothic church!
6. Equestrian Statue of Etienne Marcel
Stand on the Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville (right by Hotel de Ville) and find the Etienne Marcel Statue framed by glorious magnolias.
Spring Flowers In Paris: Wisteria
When purple is your favourite colour, wisteria ranks right up there as a favoured spring flower in Paris.
The delicate, fragrant violet blossoms tumble and climb at the same time. The flowers reach over fences and scramble up fabulous façades in Paris.
When Does Wisteria Bloom In Paris?
Look for wisteria blooming In Paris by mid-April.
3 Best Places To See These Spring Flowers in Paris: Wisteria
1. Wisteria on rue du Fourcy
The wisteria in rue du Fourcy (4th arrondissement) is magnificent. It makes the perfect side trip if you are exploring le Marais.
2. The Grande Mosquée de Paris
3. Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
The façade of this ancient café, founded in 1512, on Ile de la Cité is draped in wisteria. Does wisteria in Paris get any better than this? Have a coffee and enjoy these spring flowers in Paris. This is a big draw for Instagrammers. (4th arrondissement)
Spring Flowers In Paris: Chestnut Trees
Chestnut trees are everywhere in Paris. Once you recognize them, you’ll be searching for the pink and white blossoms. I love the cycle of the chestnut trees and their prickly green shells sheltering conkers that tumble to the ground in the fall.
White chestnuts bloom up and down Canal Saint-Martin. Stand on the bridges and enjoy these spring flowers or better yet plan a picnic!
When Do Chestnut Trees Bloom In Paris?
Look for pink and white chestnut blooms in late April.
Where To See These Spring Flowers in Paris: Chestnut Trees
1. Canal Saint-Martin
You can’t miss them! (10th arrondissement)
2. Place Dauphine
Stop by one of Paris’s Royal Squares and admire the pink chestnut trees. Spend a few minutes watching pétanque. There is always a game underway! (1st arrondissement)
3. Eglise Saint-Sulpice
I love this square with the Fountain of the Four Bishops flowing, the mismatched towers of the church reaching skyward, and knowing that Catherine Deneuve lives close by and might appear at any given moment. Sit under the blooming chestnut trees and inhale Paris. (6th arrondissement)
Cherry Blossoms In Paris
Cherry blossoms in Paris are a sure sign that spring has sprung. Paris cherry blossoms are a delightful addition to the most beautiful city in the world but the cherry blossom season is quite short. The cherry blossom season in Paris is a photographer’s dream. Chase those blooming spring flowers and see what you can create.
These springtime blossoms in Paris are quite easily found, here are a few best places to find cherry blossoms in Paris.
What Is The Best Time To See Cherry Blossoms In Paris?
Keep your eyes open for these pink and white superstars from about mid-March until the end of April (depending on the weather, of course).
9 Best Places To Find Cherry Blossoms in Paris
1. The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars
What better spot to find cherry blossoms in Paris than right by the Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Tower in the spring is unforgettable. Head to the Champ de Mars where’ll you find lots of stunning cherry blossoms. The Eiffel Tower cherry blossoms make for the perfect photo op! (7th arrondissement)
2. Paris Parks and Gardens
3. Square Gabriel Pierné
Square Gabriel Pierné in the 6th arrondissement is a delightful square! Photo ops here involve cherry blossoms in Paris, statues, and the dome of the Institut de France.
4. Shakespeare and Co.
If you love English language bookstores in Paris, peruse the books and sit by the magnificent cherry blossom to make the perfect spring day in Paris.
5. Square René Viviani
Just a few steps from Shakespeare and Co., Square René Viviani has the oldest tree in Paris and also fabulous cherry blossoms in Paris.
6. Jardin Tino-Rossi on Quai Saint-Bernard
I love the Jardin Tino-Rossi for the tango dancing but it’s a double win during cherry blossom season in Paris.
7. Métro Saint-Paul
If you happen to be heading to le Marais, get off at the metro Saint-Paul and just stop for a while to admire the cherry blossoms in Paris.
8. La Coulée Verte
9. Square Jean XXIII
The cherry blossoms in Square Jean XXIII were the perfect springtime blossoms framing Notre Dame Cathedral with pink flowers. Since the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in 2019, the glorious sight is not available. Hopefully, after the reconstruction, the cherry blossoms here will bounce back into full springtime in Paris mode! (Square Jean XXIII is temporarily closed)
Spring Flowers in Paris: Grand White Cherry Blossom (Prunus Shirotae)
When Does The Grand White Cherry Blossom (Prunus Shirotae) Blossom?
This cherry tree blooms in early April. Its plentiful, large white blooms cover the branches that arch to the ground.
Where To See These Spring Flowers In Paris?
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes is known for its pink cherry blossoms and stunning gardens. But for spring flowers in Paris, the white cherry blossom (Prunus Shirotae) gets a special mention. It’s a magnificent sight.
You’ll find Instagrammers setting up picnics and changing their clothes in the secluded spot where the branches reach for the ground.
Go early in the morning before the crowds arrive.
You may catch the locals practising yoga.
It’s a peaceful way to begin a new day in Paris.
Spring Flowers In Paris: Roses
I’ve confessed before that I was never a rose fan. Not until I moved to Paris. The scintillating scent of roses, easily inhaled in Paris in springtime, won me over. Colourful blooms on arbours, in gardens, and almost at every turn turned me into a die-hard fan of this popular flower.
It was in Paris that I first discovered Pierre de Ronsard roses. What were these delicate petals folded within each other? These gorgeous pink cup-shaped blooms drawing my attention skyward? And that was the beginning of my love affair with Pierre de Ronsard – both the famous Renaissance French poet and the roses named after him.
Where To See These Spring Flowers in Paris: Roses
Some of my favourite places to see roses in Paris from mid-May to mid-June
1. Parc de Bagatelle
If you are a rose fan definitely go. (16th arrondissement)
2. Garden Of The Palais Royal
Sit on a bench and revel in the scent of roses. (1st arrondissement)
3. Rose Garden At The Jardin des Plantes
Calling all rose fans! (5th arrondissement)
4. The Eiffel Tower And The Champ de Mars
Magnolias, cherry blossoms, and yes roses too can be seen framing the Eiffel Tower. (7th arrondissement)
Paris’s Parks And Gardens: A Riot Of Colour
An article on spring flowers in Paris would be remiss without mentioning the Parc Floral de Paris situated in the Bois de Vincennes! It is one of the botanical gardens of Paris and thus filled with blooms in the springtime. It’s a lovely park for a walk, taking photographs and why not attend the summer Jazz Festival?
Spring flowers in Paris are nothing short of breathtaking. You’ll see the gardeners in the parks working all season to plant and tend the fabulous arrays of floral gardens. Pull up an iconic green chair. Sit by a fountain. Watch the pony rides or a game of pétanque. Springtime in Paris is magical.
I hope you enjoy finding spring flowers in Paris as much as do!
Until next time,
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