Hi! I rent a house with a lovely yard chock-full of blooming things. I have been busily adding and moving plants around (it was quite neglected the last few years before we moved in). But there are a few things I still can’t identify. I live in Ohio, in zone 6ish.
First one: Strappy leaves, tiny purplish buds starting to shoot up inside.
Second one: Mounded plants in front sunny bed – thought they were bee balm, but have a nicer clumping habit than most of the monarda I’ve grown in the past. Long, slightly fuzzy leaves. Small purplish blue, thistle-ish looking buds coming in now.
Number one is bluebells. I can’t tell from the photo whether they are Spanish (Hyacinthoides hispanica) or English (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Spanish bluebells have wider leaves and the flowers have very little fragrance. English bluebell flowers droop and hang all to one side. They have a sweet scent.
Number three: Geranium maculatum. This is native to the NorthEast, so what you have is probably wild, but there are cultivars too (a favorite of mine is called Espresso.)
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.