Best Plants for Early Spring

No sooner is the snow melted and a few tough and ready plants are ready to go. Within a few weeks they are up and out of the ground, in bud and blooming. After such a long winter their bright faces bring full joy to the gardener.

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There season may be short but they get things going, adding cheer to an otherwise rather dull scene. A bright punch of color here and there goes a long way in the early garden. The summer charmers are just starting to break ground, still half asleep.

February Daphne is an extra early shrub that blooms before it leafs out. Slow growing and not overly large it is one of the first plants to feed the bees.

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FEBRUARY DAPHNE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING
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BEE HIVE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING 

Heather is a small sub shrub good for the front of the border or even for a rock garden. White and varying shades of pink, my favorite is pink.

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PINK HEATHER / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING 

Forsythia is a mid size shrub that throws a blast of bright yellow onto the scene. To keep this shrub looking good it should be regularly pruned.

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BEE IN FORSYTHIA / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Clumps of blue Grape Hyacinths are good anywhere. Self multiplying they will pop up here and there throughout your garden.

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GRAPE HYACINTH / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Crocus bulbs are small but colorful. You cannot plant enough of them.

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Yellow Crocus / Sensible Gardening and Living

Hellebore is a beautiful plant with blooms of white, cream, rose and maroon. Attractive evergreen foliage may go dormant if your summers are very hot.

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HELLEBORE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Pulsatilla is not only beautiful in bloom but also has very interesting and attractive seed heads.

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BEE IN PULSATILLA / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Columbines (Aquilegia)  in all sizes and shades are suitable for both sun and part shade areas.

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Columbine / Sensible Gardening and Living

Robinia is a fast growing mid size tree that covers itself in either white or purple flower clusters. Bumble bees adore it, but unfortunately it has a tendency to sucker.  Keep suckers cut short.

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ROBINIA ‘PURPLE ROBE’ / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING