My Spring Garden
After a long hard winter, I notice many plants suffering...especially the trees. Luckily, all of ours have survived except one ( a fruiting Cherry :( ) but we did not loose our Eastern Redbud! I will refrain from using botanical names as I think common names are more easily understood.
I love the Redbud for many reasons...it is native, has a beautiful shrubby, wide form, large heart shapes leaves, and every year when it is in gorgeous bloom; that is when our hummingbirds return! Even though it bloomed 3 weeks late this year , it was the first time we spotted a hummingbird. I guess nature just knows. The bees love this tree in bloom too!
Other spring plants I love are: the species Tulip ( truly perennial, unlike it's hybrid cousins),
grape hyacin ( spreads and is low care)
and the Pagoda Dogwood(for it's cool puckered leaves) also a native and late spring flowering. Spring is hard on the bees and others dependant on nectar, it is important to have spring bloom.