perennials whose flowers are emerging just in time to get us excited for the real show that is to come in May. The garden is really coming alive right now thanks to the recent warm up of last week. More and more shrubs are just beginning to bud out and the trees are yet a couple of weeks away.
Many of the earliest blooming perennials tend to be of the woodland type. Since the trees haven’t leaved out yet, there is plenty of light getting down to the floor nourishing plants like Bleeding Hearts, Virginia Bluebells, Wood Poppy and Brunnera. Many of these earliest of bloomers don’t have the staying power to get through the whole season, so we enjoy them now and when the heat comes many of them will vanish until next spring.
Others have a groundcover quality and remain through the year. Pachysandra, Vinca and Phlox subulata provide great cover year round. Still others like Hellebores, Geranium and Primrose form a nice mounding cluster to enhance the garden throughout the season. Give one a try. Better yet, try them all if you can give them the proper protection from the sun. Below is a collection of plants that will do well in the gardens around Lake County, particularly the ones with ample shade trees providing that needed cover.
Dicentra – BleedingHeart – Late April Flowering
Hellebores – Lenten Rose – Late April Flowering
Mertensia – Virginia Bluebells – Late April Flowering
Pachysandra – Japanese Spurge – Mid April Flowering
Stylophorum – Wood Poppy – Late April Flowering
Vinca – Periwinkle – Mid April Flowering
Brunnera Jack Frost – False Forget-Me-Not – Early May Flowering
Geranium BevansVariety – Early May Flowering
Phlox – Emerald Blue Moss Phlox – Early May Flowering
Primula – Primrose – Early May Flowering