A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind.
I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through the yard to experience all the treasures the spring landscape was offering. Walk along with me.
The leafless branches of the weeping redbud are loaded with pink blossoms.
The flowers on Japanese maples are sweet, but small. They might be missed if one isn’t looking for spring’s gifts.
Not as showy as the redbuds and crabapples, serviceberries bloom in a more reserved manner. They are satisfied to play a supporting role in the spring show.
Viburnums fill the entire front yard with their lovely perfume.
Fothergilla gardenii boasts bottlebrush-like flowers on bare branches.
Miss Kim lilac is just beginning to bloom, preparing to perfume the garden with its nostalgic scent. I am always transported back to my mom’s garden, standing with armloads of cut branches for bouquets, whenever I get a whiff of lilacs.
The daffodils are at their peak in my garden. I plant mostly early- and mid-season blooming varieties and they are all doing their best to steal the show.
Tulips are blooming with abandon in shades of red, pink, purple, yellow, orange and white. I like the pastel varieties best.
The Chionodoxa is just about finished blooming, but it is still lovely as it flirts with Helleborus foetidus.
I just adore bleeding hearts. Dicentra spectablis offers their characteristic flowers on arching stems; Dicentra spectabilis ‘Goldheart’ sports the same flowers over yellow foliage; and Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ presents heart-shaped blooms of pure white.
The playful and distinctive flowers of columbines are blooming in blue and white.
Cushion spurge is displaying its electric yellow bracts.
The brilliant blue flowers spikes of Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ is blooming over small, purplish-green leaves.
Phlox subulata is exploding with color!
I love the spring wildflowers in my landscape. Perhaps it is their transient nature that makes them so special, the way they spring from the soil, bestow their spring gifts, and then quickly disappear back into the earth.
The white flowers, resembling the shuttles used in a game of badminton, show off beautifully against the dark green leaves of Dodecatheon meadia, commonly called shooting stars.
Dog tooth violets have seeded themselves without restraint across a shade garden. Here, they are mingling with Anemone blanda.
Another spring ephemeral, Mertensia virginica flaunts pink buds that open to blue bell-shaped flowers.
My first crop of cool-season veggies are growing nicely. Kohlrabis and two types of lettuce are planted in the raised gardens. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages, peas and strawberries are planted in the pots in front.
My pot with strawberries and peas grew so well last year, I planted it again. Read more about it here.
Pansies are the life of spring’s party. Their large, bold-colored blooms demand attention. I love pansies, but I adore violas, too. Their smaller flowers are charming, mixing well in pots with lettuce, alyssum and, of course, pansies.
I often use lettuce in spring containers. Its bold foliage is an ideal textural contrast to many cool-season flowers.
I shared the planting of my spring window boxes a few weeks ago. Check it out here if you missed it. Here’s how they look now.
Spring is exploding in the landscape now. Every day, new plants are emerging, new leaves are unfurling, new seedlings are sprouting, and new buds are blooming. Take the time to walk through your garden every day so you don’t miss a single treasure of spring. Garden with me!