Last week it reached over 60F for the second day in a row at Powell Gardens and the garden’s earth has responded with a splash of springtime flowers and the first songs of the spring peepers and chorus frogs. The foliage of many evergreen plants is also a beautiful contrast with tiny flowers of spring–and with the mild winter it all looks better than ever.
The Tommy Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) are in full bloom and attracting the hungry spring honeybees. This squirrel-proof crocus species and its cultivars are the only varieties we can successfully cultivate in most of our squirrel-friendly gardens (the squirrels dig up and eat all the others!).
Sedum ‘Angelina’ is still in its winter colors atop the Island Garden wall, making it one of the finest perennials in an ornamental garden.
Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is another of the first flowers of spring in full bloom in the Rock & Waterfall Garden.
Yucca ‘Color Guard’ may not have colorful flowers but its yellow-centered, evergreen foliage really captures the strengthening sunlight of the season.
Nothing could be finer than the blue of the Reticulate Irises (Iris reticulata). Look for these early (blue) birds on the Island Garden just east of the pools.
The beautiful evergreen leaves of Lily-of-China (Rohdea japonica) encircle a cluster of blooming snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the Rock & Waterfall Garden. The earliest flowers of spring always look best with a bit of evergreen perennials around them.
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are close to peak bloom in the Rock & Waterfall garden with many drifts of this weather-tough but delicate beauty carpeting the garden’s ground.
Our tiniest yucca at the gardens is Yucca harrimaniaewhich is barely 5″ across. It’s a nice companion with hardy ice plants (Delosperma sp.) and tiny cacti above the Living Wall on the Island Garden.
The yellow-edged leaves of Yucca ‘Bright Edge’ give it an extra splash of color in the the garden. It epitomizes the bright spring time colors just peaking out throughout the gardens in this late winter season. Though winter will still give a few more bouts of reality, spring is definitely on its way but the gardens are filled with the earthly delights of a early spring fling.