Now that April is in the books, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite early spring combinations from my home garden. It's no surprise that they all involve tulips in some fashion, but each has its own unique qualities.
Most of the tulips planted last fall found there way into the gardens on the street side of our house, so that they could be enjoyed by neighbors. One of the exceptions is this clump of 'Negrita' tulips that were interplanted with grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) at the base of Hydrangea paniculata 'Pink Diamond'. Just adjacent is the low-growing, lemon-scented Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokova' and a large bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis). This combination looks beautiful throughout the day, but particularly aesthetic when the petals of 'Negrita' are illuminated by the sun.
The color combos in my spring garden this year have been the best I've ever seen, and its all thanks to the tulips I planted last fall. As they start to fade and give way to the iris and peonies, I know one thing for certain. Even if I need to replant them every fall to ensure a great springtime show, tulips will always be a part of my garden.