Additions to the native shade plant garden

I try to attend the Northern Alexandria native plant sale every year. There is not much room left in the garden for shrubs or other large perennials, but there is room to tuck in some ephemeral spring bloomers. This spring, I finally got a jack-in-the-pulpit. The purple cultivar brings out the dark/burgundy notes on the Tiarella (blooming blurrily in the background), the "Henry's Garnet" Itea, the red-twigged dogwood (also purchased at the same plant sale, but years ago), the sweet shrub, and the other new plant (below), Asarum aka wild ginger. Check out its otherworldly flowers.

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How Sweet It Is

A garden center employee gave me a pod of sweet shrub seeds years ago. Despite rabbit battles, one of the seedlings has become a shrub and finally bloomed this year. I was warned there was no way to know how strong the scent would be, so I am thrilled to report it is mightily so! I only wish it was closer to my patio so I could better enjoy the fragrance.

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Now That's What I'm Talking About: GBBD April

Finally, some blooms to share! It is tough to photograph at this time of year, as most of the garden is still emerging. Next year, I will have distributed my daffodils throughout the garden.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, see you next month for a real show!

Obligatory upside-down fritillaria photo

Obligatory upside-down fritillaria photo

and the #1 stunner, Magnolia "Betty"

and the #1 stunner, Magnolia "Betty"

Funny story: Mr. Do had to wait in line at US customs after purchasing these tulip bulbs in Amsterdam (stamped "okay for import"--guess not!). It was worth it!

Funny story: Mr. Do had to wait in line at US customs after purchasing these tulip bulbs in Amsterdam (stamped "okay for import"--guess not!). It was worth it!