My name is Luana Carpenter from Massillon, Ohio. I think for those of us living in colder climates the anticipation of spring is such an exciting time—watching plants emerge from the ground and grow by leaps and bounds, and buds slowly opening overnight.
I want to share a few of my favorite spring blooms from my garden. Alliums are one of my favorite spring flowers, as well as the delicate flowers of aquilegias and Solomon’s seal.
One of my favorite azaleas is ‘Golden Lights’, with its yellow-orange blooms—a real standout next to the soft pink azaleas.
The ostrich ferns and hostas seem to grow overnight, and the garden pond comes back to life with the fish and frogs out of their winter slumber. Soon we’ll see toads laying their eggs and hundreds of tadpoles emerging.
Birds have been busy building nests in boxes, shrubs, and trees. I’m already seeing fledgling birds learning to fly. It’s a happy time!
Delicate columbines (Aquilegia vulgaris, Zones 3–8)
Water features are always a hit in gardens with humans, but they are especially so with the frogs, toads, and other animals that live in and around them.
The birds living in these houses have a pretty great neighborhood, backed up by huge flowering azaleas, including Luana’s favorite ‘Golden Lights’.
Pure garden magic. This mixture of shrubs and perennials with great foliage and flowers is just amazing.
Close-up of Azalea ‘Golden Lights’. This hybrid deciduous azalea was developed at the University of Minnesota and is impressively cold-hardy in Zones 3–7.
A tapestry of shade perennials, with the fronds of the Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 4–9) providing great contrast to the broad, green hosta leaves.
Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) are the fireworks of the spring garden.
Looking across the garden through a cloud of flowering allium.
Huge ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthopteris, Zones 3–7) taking center stage.
A final wide view of the garden, with ample seating area, the pond backed by ostrich ferns, and paths leading on to more beauty beyond.
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