If you had us over to plant bulbs for you last year, then congrats! You are probably already starting to see them pop their little heads out of the ground as spring gets closer and closer. If not, then you are probably ready for some life and color to signal that the winter (and all the snow!) is behind us. Here are five plants that will be some of the first to show in your garden this year. 1. Hellebores a.k.a Lenten Rose - A distinctive, long-lived plant that adds great color to gardens in the spring. Flowers are usually cups or bell shaped and either outward facing or dropping.
2. Bleeding Hearts - Delicate looking plants with dainty pendent flowers, usually heart shaped, in pink, rose, yellow or white on long, arching stems.
3. Virginia Bluebells - Resembling giant-size forget-me-nots, Virginia Bluebells have nodding, bell-shaped blue flowers.
4. Eastern Red Bud - A tree valued for its flowers, fruit and foliage, showing a great profusion of rosy to purplish blooms on bare branches in the early spring.
5. Solomon's Seal - A showy display of small, bell shaped greenish white flowers hanging beneath the stems on threadlike stalks in the spring and early summer.