Welcome to GBBD! Join the fun at Carol's May Dreams Gardens. I'm not showing my ubiquitous daffodils which have been stealing the scene. Here is a delightful clumping plant, the adorable Brunnera macrophylla, Siberian bugloss, which makes tidy clumps and even reseeds a little-
My Pulmonarias are starting to achieve their full glory, here is a favorite, 'Excalibur', they also reseed well-
My immense pink Camellia is covered with blooms.
Another redder flowering shrub is the Chaenomeles, Flowering Quince.
What can be a tree but for me is a large shrub is the Magnolia soulangiana 'rustica rubra', with large slightly fragrant blooms-
My 4' Daphne tangutica is covered with fragrant blooms, white with a magenta reverse-
On a smaller scale is yellow Epimedium sulfureum, an excellent ground cover for shade-
Epimedium pauciflorum has pink blooms and dark reddish-brown new foliage-
Akebia trifoliata is really loaded with blooms, I hope I get some fruit this year-
Irascible Euphorbia characias wulfenii is covered with chartreuse blooms-
One of my favorite Muscari is laterifolia, tall and two-toned. It seems to reseed around too,
Another smaller shrub, Osmanthus delavayi, is covered with tiny white flowers that waft a delightful fragrance, and when not in bloom have tough glossy holly-like foliage, but tiny leaves-
One of my favorite Spring bloomers are carpets of Anemone nemorosa, 'alba' is white but turns pinkish as it ages, while Robinsoniana starts out purple and fades blue. I dig twig-like rhizomes when dormant in late summer and spread them around my borders. Within a couple of years they will multiply to come up in sheets of bloom under trees.
Another carpeting plant that is blooming is ground cover Comfrey, Symphytum grandiflorum, which I find very useful in an orchard under fruit trees to keep down weeds-
I'm enjoying the long-awaited arrival of Spring, it was worth the wait! Happy Spring, Hannah