slideshow: perennial stars of early may
H URRY, QUICK, RUSH: Get them before they vanish, and before the next pretty face distracts your gaze. That’s May in the garden here, a mad rush of bulbs and then ephemerals, and the first stick-around-awhile perennials, too, all happening beneath a canopy of blooming trees and shrubs. Have a quick look at some current beauties in the slideshow below, and I’ll be back to the computer to write profiles of the ones you haven’t met before. But for right now, I simply must go out to weed, mow, edge, divide, prune…oh, and freak out!
If you want to read more on the ones I’ve already written about, here they are (or just enjoy the photos and captions):
- Primula kisoana, my favorite bawdy primrose. Impolite in habit and color.
- Lathyrus vernus, the spring vetchling, won’t bother anybody, but you’ll be glad it’s around.
- Hylomecon japonicum, the best spring “poppy” and definitely a signature plant here the last 15 or so years (that’s it all gold and swarming, up top, with the fading hellebores).
- Dicentra ‘Gold Heart,’ the graceful beauty of bleeding hearts taken one step further: yellow foliage. Yum.
- Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’ is not a flowering perennial, exactly, but it helps complete the picture.