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Jacob’s Ladder

Polemonium reptans

Blooming in late April, Jacob’s ladder is a great plant for massing in the spring woodland garden. It produces loose upright shoots 12-18” tall with small, bell-shaped pale blue flowers borne in branched clusters. The leaves of Jacob’s ladder are divided into many small segments, giving plants a strong architectural appearance.

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Redbud

Cercis canadensis

Redbud is a small ornamental tree that can be used in the landscape as a specimen or placed in naturalistic groups at the edge of the woodland. Clusters of rose-purple flowers line the stems before the foliage emerges in late April and persist for 2 to 3 weeks. Grow this tree in partial shade to full sun and preferably in moist, well drained, neutral or slightly alkaline soils, but it is adaptable to dry conditions.

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Swamp Pink

Helonius bullata

Swamp pink is one of the first spring perennial bulbs to bloom. Long before the first leaves of spring emerge, the bottlebrush-like clusters of tiny fragrant pink flowers, with striking contrasting blue anthers, are produced atop 1-2’ tall stalks. Helonias bullata grows best in partial shade to light shade in acidic soils that are constantly moist to soggy.

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Virginia Bluebells

Mertensia virginica

A sure sign of spring’s impending arrival is the masses of bright blue flowers of Virginia bluebells borne above its fresh green foliage. This herbaceous perennial wildflower happily seeds itself in the garden, quickly forming large drifts. They prefer bright sun in early spring followed by shade later as the forest canopy expands. By summer, Virginia bluebells die back to the ground allowing other perennials to extend the gardening season.

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Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis

This adaptable native flower has distinctive petals which extend backward into long, hollow spurs which hold nectar. The shape and red color of the flower attracts ruby-throated hummingbirds. Adaptable, but prefers rich, moist and slightly acidic soil.

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Shooting-Star

Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting star is among the finest spring perennial wildflowers with its clusters of white to magenta pink flowers borne atop 12-22” stalks in mid-spring. Its flowers have the unusual trait of developing strongly reflexed petals that appear like wind-blown umbrellas or tiny “shooting stars”.

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Large Fothergilla

Fothergilla major

Large fothergilla is truly a multi-season deciduous garden shrub. In early spring, it produces masses of upright honey-scented, white bottlebrush-shaped, petal-less flowers before the leaves atop 6-10’ tall multi-stemmed plants.

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Dwarf Larkspur

Delphinium tricorne

Drifts of iridescent purple, white and occasionally bi-colored floral bouquets of dwarf larkspur create a spectacular display in the spring woodland garden. Their distinctive ascending spurred flowers can reach 12-18” tall.

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Red Trillium

Trillium erectum

Blooming from early April to early June, the maroon flower of red trillium may be upright, but often leans.

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Purple Phacelia

Phacelia bipinnatifida

Purple phacelia, a relatively unknown biennial, can be used to quickly cover a large area in a sea of foliage and flowers. The divided leaves grow to a height of 5” the first summer and linger until late fall. The following spring, they re-emerge, culminating in 12-15” tall plants covered with masses of purple flowers that last for about a month.

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