Some speedwells are low growing but most are upright with flower spires of blues, violets, pinks and whites.
Deep-rooted native plants can absorb many inches of rain per day, dramatically reducing run-off into streets.
Here are some anonymous rhymes celebrating and beckoning vernal season.
Pyracantha is a shrub with evergreen glossy foliage and broad spreading growth. One disadvantage is its thorns, thus the common name of firethorn.
Our native sumacs have vibrant, colorful foliage in autumn, and yet they are often overlooked as shrubs for residential gardens.
Our native Aronia arbutifolia with the common name of red chokeberry is a shrub that offers four seasons of interest in our gardens.
Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush, is a native multi-stemmed, understory shrub that can grow as wide as it is tall.
I am trying to grow more shrubs that fruit at different times of the year in order to provide a continuous buffet and attract birds to my garden.
Since trees are well and truly rooted to their spot, they must rely on other agents to help them cross pollinate, or they must self pollinate.
St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and gardens honoring her often have bird feeders, wind chimes and water features that make their own music.