Walls of plants, both indoors and out, are trendy, though they were actually featured by the Brazilian designer Roberto Burley Marks over 100 years ago.
Although their early spring blooms are especially treasured, hellebores are stalwarts in the garden during all seasons.
If you have shady areas in your garden you may like to try growing a shrub that is known as Japanese Kerria, a deciduous shrub for all seasons.
While bulbs provide a lot of flower power in Spring, it is best to accompany them with herbaceous perennials that will outlast bulb foliage.
Many white flowers bloom in May, but the tiarella is one of the only ones to bloom so prettily in the shade.