'Pocketful of Sunshine' Hosta. Electrify dark spots in your landscape with this hosta. In the spring, this little gem quickly forms a compact clump of chartreuse leaves in spring that turn a lovely yellow in summer, all while being attractively edged in dark green. The leaves are also cupped and slightly corrugated. As the season progresses, the plant sends up spikes of light lavender blooms. It makes a great edging plant for a shaded garden path or in containers.
Perennial Geranium There are a wealth of geraniums perfect for cottage gardens. 'Johnson's Blue' is among the most common; it offers beautiful blue-purple flowers in early summer. Name: Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 18 inches tall Zones: 4-8
Wild Anemone This easy-to-grow, easy-to-love plant thrives in moist soils rich in organic matter. Its large white flowers are a highlight of the spring border. A vigorous groundcover, it can happily fill in a large space within a growing season. Name: Anemone canadensis Growing Conditions: Part sun to shade, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall Zones: 3-9
Shooting Star Hellebore Blooms from February to April, ‘Shooting Star’ hellebore develops masses of creamy-white flowers with pink reverses. As each bloom matures it becomes slightly pinker, so over time individual plants will carry a bouquet of different shades. ‘Shooting Star’ also has red stems and dark evergreen foliage. Name: Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’ : Shade, Partial shade Size: 18–22" tall, 20–24" wide Zones: 5–9
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Columbine Genus: Aquilegia spp. Zones: 3-9 Bloom time: May; then six weeks later. To prune: Cut the stems all the way back to the foliage. Good to know: After the second bloom, leave the blossoms on the plant to reseed.