Betsy Thompson has a small townhouse garden near Albany, New York.
These are some portraits of flowers blooming here this month. There are many more. It isn’t easy to choose which to include, so I thought it best to go for variety.
This is Tulipa turkestanica (Zones 4–8) an old and very reliable variety, fresh and distinctive.
Fritillaria raddeana (Zones 5–8) is a favorite flower of this type. Unfortunately, lily beetles love fritillaries as much as lilies. It has taken a lot of work to keep these plants since the beetles invaded my garden two years ago. (See Fine Gardening’s tips on controlling lily beetles.)
Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ (Zones 4–9) is the largest of this type that I grow and is very attractive indeed! Also, my deer don’t eat it (I should probably add: so far!).
Chionodoxa ‘Pink Giant’ (Zones 3–8) is a better-behaved variation on the invasive blue Chionodoxa. The white-flowering variety is also noninvasive.
While the blue Mertensia virginica(Zones 3–8) is most often seen, this plant can also show a range of shades from blue to lavender to pink.
The very earliest iris I know is Iris × histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (Zones 5–9). It is best planted in groups of at least a dozen.
Helleborus ‘Golden Lotus Strain’ (Zones 5–9) is a different look for this genus.
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