April 25, 2017

Get some great ideas for plants that flower after the forsythia but before the rest of the garden   

Daffodils and tulips? We are way beyond that. Our arguers wrestle on whether or not hellebores are worth it and bring up a bed’s worth of options sure to start your season off right. From edgeworthia to an incredible dwarf redbud, we kick around a lot of plant choices. Which ones will you agree on?

Expert: Sharon Nyenhuis, landscape designer from Sequim, Washington.

Redbuds (Cercis spp. and cvs.) push blooms right out from their bark, making them beautiful oddities that both our hosts agree are worthy additions to the spring landscape.


Editor-in-chief Steve Aitken may or may not have been an accomplice in the abduction of this purple witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis 'Purpurea').

One treasured springtime shrub from this episode’s expert, designer Sharon Nyenhuis, is ‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’). 

One of senior editor, Danielle Sherry’s springtime favorites, edgeworthia (Edgeworthia  chrysantha) which is only marginally hardy in her Zone 6 garden.

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