Spring is the time for flowering trees and shrubs to shine. Even as bulbs, hellebore, and moss phlox are in full swing, the pinks and whites of cherries, apples, ‘PJM’ rhododendrons, and dogwoods steal the show this month.
Amelanchier is one of my go-to plants – a native, understory tree whose numerous white flowers are followed by edible berries. I also love the silvery tone that the fuzzy buds have before they open, and the reddish color of the leaves in fall and early spring.
In addition to being an old-fashioned fruit, quince’s scarlet flowers are a nice contrast to the season’s more muted tones. Flowers are most effective before plants leaf out, but are great for forcing indoors. Newer cultivars offer a range of colors and smaller stature than the species.
Korean Spice Viburnum (aka Mayflower Viburnum) is flowering early this year. Plant this compact, sweet shrub near a window or walkway to enjoy its fragrance a few weeks before the lilacs bloom. Like crab apples and mountain laurels, the bright, closed buds of this plant are a show of their own.
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