Early Spring

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    ‘Double Queen’ Lenten rose

    Helleborus odorus ‘Double Queen’

    Hellebores begin blooming in mid-winter in a range of colors, adding much needed color very early in the season.

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    Red buckeye

    Aesculus pavia

    This conical shrub to small tree has palmate leaves and bears red (sometimes yellow-marked) flowers in 6-inch panicles in summer, followed by smooth-skinned fruit.

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    Blue woolly speedwell

    Veronica pectinata

    This dense, mat-forming species has 3-inch-tall evergreen foliage with toothed gray leaves.

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    Ligularia dentata ‘Britt Marie Crawford’

    Ligularia dentata 'Britt Marie Crawford'

    In early spring, fleshy stems unfurl and are topped by rounded burgundy leaves.

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    Dutch crocus

    Crocus vernus

    Dutch crocus is one of the hardiest, if not the hardiest, crocus species readily available to home gardeners.

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    Dwarf bluestar

    Amsonia montana 'Short Stack’

    Chalk up another great plant introduction from the folks at Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Paperbark maple

    Acer griseum

    This slow-growing understory tree has highly ornamental, peeling orange-cinnamon bark.

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    Lenten rose

    Helleborus orientalis

    This hairless or slightly hairy perennial has over-wintering, leathery, deep green basal leaves each divided into 7 or 9 leaflets.

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    Arisaema triphyllum

    A favorite of children, Jack-in-the-pulpit is a tuberous perennial producing one or two leaves, each divided into three narrow leaflets.

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    ‘Spring Symphony’ Foam flower

    Tiarella 'Spring Symphony'

    This reblooming, clump-forming variety blooms in spring, producing 15-inch spires densely packed with pink blossoms.