The Charmed Garden

From Planning to Planting, and from Harvest to Table.


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Here Comes the Sun

The colors of spring have burst through the grey skies. Over the past week the Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinth and all the spring perennials have woken up and beat back the grey skies.

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This is the entrance to my backyard. The buds are blooming on the Redbud tree, which is a native in Illinois, and there are white Daffodils (Narcissus)  and  Periwinkle Vinca minor (ground cover) blooming underneath.

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This is a Viburnum which will produce white flowers in a few weeks, just when the bloom of the Daffodils and Vinca have passed.  Daylilies under the bush will follow the bloom of the Viburnum and mid summer the Periwinkle Vinca minor will give us a second bloom.

DAFFODILS – PICK ‘EM WHILE YOU GOT ‘EM

WHAT SPRING BLOOMERS CAN YOU PLANT NOW YOU ASK? 

Plant the Bleeding Heart (yes, conservatives this plant is for you too.) This plant has fern-like leaves and beautiful unique flowers that hang from their branches like jewelry.

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This is a close up of one of the 3 Bleeding Heart bushes growing under the Red Bud Tree

This plant grows in sun/part-shade, but will tolerate a sunny spot in a moist cool climate. It blooms in the Spring and dies back in the heat of the summer, June or July depending on your weather. Cut it back to the ground once the branches have yellowed. It will never take over your garden so there is no need to divide it, like the Hosta or Daylily.

The most common color of bloom is the pink, but the white blooms have become more popular and easier to find. The size of the plant varies, with the fine leaf plants being the smaller at roughly 1 1/2 to 2ft and the broader leaf plants growing to 3 – 3 1/2 feet.  As always – if you plant them in groups of 3 or more you’ll have a more dramatic pop of color, and  especially with the plant, texture! It’s an extremely easy plant to grow, and a unique treasure not found in many yards, but still easy to find at the nursery.

You can find these at the garden section of most big box stores, like Home Depot, etc. They are sold bare root and in one to 5 gallon containers.  Choose what fits your budget because this is not a fussy plant.

Happy Spring Everyone.

P.S. – An update from the last post – April Showers Bring May Flowers – the seedlings survived!!! and have lived to be transplanted another day!