We’ve visited Margot’s beautiful garden before when the snowdrops were in bloom (Snowdrop Magic in Margot’s Garden), but today she’s sharing with us the treasures of her spring garden, which have lasted much longer than usual thanks to a cool spring.
The blue-and-white flowers of Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ (Zones 6–9) in front of fading snowdrops and a yellow Epimedium (Zones 5–9)
A mixed tapestry of plants in my front garden
The ephemerals coming up in my woodland backyard garden
The white flower buds of Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot, Zones 3–8) still held closed, pushing up through a carpet of the dark green leaves and white flowers of Cardamine trifolia (Zones 5–9)
Primroses (Primula species and hybrids, Zones 3–8) line the edges of many of the trails. These are great plants for bringing out bright colors in the woodland dry shade garden. I often divide them when the flowers have faded to make more areas for them or to share with friends.
Primroses and snowdrops lining the trails
My garden has many trilliums. This is a member of the sessile group of trilliums, perhaps Trillium cuneatum (Zones 5–8) or a related species. The sessile trilliums have no stem between their flowers and leaves, and their leaves are often beautifully patterned with dark and silver spots.
Trout lilies (Erythronium species and hybrids, Zones 4–9) have graceful, lily-like blooms in spring in the shade.
A lovely yellow trout lily, perhaps Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ or a similar species or hybrid (Zones 4–9)
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Love spring flowers. Wish I could grow trout lilies but no go here in the hot, humid deep south.
I learned a new garden term: ephemeral plants!
Those white Trout Lilies are stunning, the leaves and flowers!
Oh I love Sanguinaria canadensis aka Bloodroot...I have not seen any in such a long time, nice to see your photo!
The spring ephemerals are so uplifting. Thank you for showing us so many which transform woodlands into magical realms where we can imagine ourselves on an early morning adventure where benign creatures pop into view, and wink at us, ready to inspire Disney animators
Love, love, love.... especially the trout lilies! Thanks for sharing all of this Spring beauty with us.
Thanks so much and so fun to share the garden.
Thanks for sharing. Lovely garden and woodland plants. I love ephemerals too except I keep forgetting where they are in the Fall and dig into them.I’m taking lots of pictures this year to refresh my memory in September when I’m planting.
I like to spread the seed of the trout lilies under the deciduous trees and they come up in many places in the garden. The ants help spread the seeds also.
Simply stunning! I'm not sure that anyone else has ever posted such delightful photos of spring ephemerals. A fantasy of delight, I'd call your gardens!
I am honored by your kind comments. The Pacific Northwest is a great place to grow spring ephemerals.
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