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Spring in Elle’s Garden

Treasures of the beginning of the garden year

shrub covered in light pink double flowers

Today we’re in Stamford, Connecticut. Elle Ronis’s garden is always spectacular. We’ve visited it before (Elle’s Garden), and today we get to enjoy it in peak spring bloom.

large vase of cut white and purple lilacsIt wouldn’t be spring in New England without lilacs (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7). I can almost smell this overflowing bouquet through the computer screen.

clump of pink and white flowersPersian buttercups (Ranunculus asiaticus, Zones 7–9 or as tender bulb) are always beautiful, but this form, from the butterfly series, is particularly stunning.

clump of bright yellow flowersYellow hellebores (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9) are often a little less vigorous than those of other colors, but this one certainly is thriving.

shrub covered in light pink double flowersThis azalea (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–9) has double flowers, with extra layers of petals, shading through every tint of pink.

plant with bright green foliage and light purple flowersJapanese wood poppy (Galucidium palmatum, Zones 5–7) has to be one of the most beautiful woodland perennials.

plant with small leaves and fluffy yellow-green flowersThis is an unusual form of rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides, Zones 4–8). A little spring ephemeral, rue anemone is a common wildflower in the woodlands of eastern North America and usually has small, white flowers. This form has double blooms with greenish petals and makes a dramatic—and longer lasting—statement in the garden.

low-growing variegated foliageHardy cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium, Zones 4–9) has beautiful, patterned leaves that emerge in fall with the flowers and last through winter into spring. These will be going dormant soon.

woody plant with light pink flowersDaphne genkwa (Zones 4–8) blooms heavily with purple flowers in the spring before the leaves emerge. It is easy to see in this photo that it belongs to the same family as lilacs.

wide view of the garden in springIn this view of the garden, flowers and new leaves are emerging everywhere you look.

garden path through spring plantsBig clumps of hellebores are repeated along the paths.


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  1. user-7392754 05/24/2022

    What a beautiful spring garden! Just lovely!!!

  2. [email protected] 05/24/2022

    I agree- just lovely. Can't even pick a favorite! Thanks

  3. btucker9675 05/24/2022

    OMGG.... Oh My Goodness Garden! These are just too beautiful and I am investigating the Japanese wood anemone immediately. Thank you for sharing these beauties.

  4. user-5117752 05/25/2022

    There's so much to learn from this garden. I really know nothing about that Daphne and those fabulous blossoms, nor that fabulous wood poppy. I have a delightful yellow wood poppy but this one is sooooo unusual and beautiful. And that rue anemone.......well, I could just go on and on! Thank you!!!

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    simplesue 05/28/2022

    You have beautiful plants I'm not familiar with such as your apanese wood poppy (Galucidium palmatum, and that beautiful Daphne genkwa!
    And I think I do recognize Rhodedendron Blue Baron!?
    Wow I have one of those- and to see an entire grouping of them is spectacular!
    I too love the foliage of Hardy cyclamen, such a pretty photo of them.

  6. pam_clemmons 05/31/2022

    Your garden is delightful, and I can just imagine your excitement in Spring when it begins to emerge! Oh what a wonderful feeling that is for all of us gardeners 😁.
    Can’t wait to see your garden again sometime!

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