I’m Debbie Daniels, and I live in Centreville, Virginia (30 minutes west of Washington, DC). We’ve lived in this house for 20 years. Our spring has been quite lovely, and I’ve been able to spend more time in the yard given we’re under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus. When it’s too chilly or rainy to be outside, I’ve been reading current and older favorite issues of Fine Gardening. Nothing beats the 2009 Plant Combinations issue or the “Recipes for Gorgeous Combinations” in the April 2011 issue. Garden goals!
I snapped this picture when doing some spring cleanup in late March. These pretty daffodils were hiding behind a large ornamental grass that I was about to cut back. I left the grass alone that day so I didn’t disturb them.
High summer, with black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 5–9) and a sedum (perhaps Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ or a similar hybrid, Zones 3–9) providing lots of flowers for beauty and pollinators.
Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum, Zones 5–8) is spectacular in spring, with the white flowers on the horizontal branches creating a distinctive and unique layered look.
A bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–9) loaded with buds just beginning to show color—a promise of the great beauty to come!
Black-eyed Susan and obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana, Zones 3–9) growing together. Obedient plant has a reputation for spreading aggressively, but the black-eyed Susan can hold its own, making these two native plants a great combination.
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9) is a cheerful, dependable bulb that gives great spring color nearly anywhere it is planted.
The classic romantic flower of spring, bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 2–8).
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