Your yard should have a sequence of color starting in spring and taking you on a journey of color and joy throughout the year. I’m going to start by showing you a few things that will really wake up your yard in early spring.
Lynnwood Gold Forsythia.
A lot of people don’t like Forsythia, but they are one of the first plants in the spring to flower and they are tough as nails.
Some people keep them trimmed tight, others plant them out in the yard where they have enough room to just open up and spray.
PJM Dwarf Rhododendron
PJM Dwarf Rhododendron bloom about a week or 10 days after Forsythia so they too are very early spring and they bloom prolifically.
They are hardy, easy to grow and care for and do well in colder zones, zone 5 for sure. A lot of people confuse this plant with Azalea because it looks more like an Azalea than a Rhododendron.
But it’s in the Rhododendron family and is considered a dwarf Rhododendron. Right now I have a few of these at Mike’s Plant Farm, but my neighbor Richard has a lot of them and his are bigger.
Orange Dream Japanese Maple
Wow! That’s all I can say about this Orange Dream Japanese Maple. The spring color is spectacular.
We had this big pile of dirt at the nursery that we decided to turn into a landscape planting and I ended putting four Japanese maples in the planting because I couldn’t decide. But Orange Dream was one of the first to make the cut!
Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Tree
It would be completely negligent of me to leave out the Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud tree. The one in the photo is in my front yard and I am completely taken back by this beautiful tree every time it blooms.
Waterfall Japanese Maple
I thought I was done with this post and I looked out the dining room window and thought; “How can I leave out the Waterfall Japanese Maple?” Right now the lime green foliage is spectacular.
In this photo the lacy leaves are just starting to open and they look so delicate. So . . . with that in mind, how cold hardy is this tree? It’s this cold hardy . . .
Freezing ice, deep snow, hot sun. Nothing seems to bother this trooper. Waterfall Laceleaf Weeping Japanese Maple is one tough cookie and beautiful at that!
All of the plants that I’ve shown you here will do fine in zones 5 through 8. Zones 3 and 4? You’ll have to research each plant to be sure.
I’ll have more really interesting plants to show you soon! Questions or comments? Post them below.