Today’s photos are from Kayla in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.
The reddish leaves of a lovely Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) glow in the sun. This was one of the first plants Kayla bought when they started gardening a couple of years ago.
This lilac (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7) is loaded down with fragrant spring flowers. Old-fashioned lilacs are tops for gardens in cooler climates, and if you don’t have room for the large shrubs, look for newer, more-compact varieties and hybrids that fit lilac beauty into smaller spaces.
A lovely columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris, Zones 3–8) stands tall in wonderfully rich, deep shade. Columbines love to self-seed and interbreed freely, and if you make a practice of deadheading most of the flowers and only letting your favorite colors go to seed, you can ensure a garden full of the forms you like best.
This laburnum (Laburnum anagyroides, Zones 5–7) is just beginning to bloom. Laburnums are stunningly beautiful trees, but they hate hot summers. They thrive in much of the United Kingdom, but in the United States they are best choices for mild climates like in the Pacific Northwest.
An impossibly elegant spray of blooms graces this bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 2–8).
And here’s that most classic of plants from the British Isles, the common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non–scripta, Zones 5–8). This durable little bulb can form iconic carpets of blue in woodlands and is equally happy to thrive in gardens. Its larger relative, Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica, Zones 3–8) is more common in American gardens, but either are wonderful additions to a shaded spring garden.
To see more of Kayla’s garden and beautiful photos, check out her instagram.
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