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.
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.
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.
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.
Clumps of blue Grape Hyacinths are good anywhere. Self multiplying they will pop up here and there throughout your garden.
Crocus bulbs are small but colorful. You cannot plant enough of them.
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.
Pulsatilla is not only beautiful in bloom but also has very interesting and attractive seed heads.
Columbines (Aquilegia) in all sizes and shades are suitable for both sun and part shade areas.
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.