GBBD: April 2013
The woods are spotted with blooming dogwoods. I love seeing these understory trees blooming in the filtered sunlight. Dogwoods are one of my all time favorite trees.
Another great woodland plant are the azaleas which are native to the Southeast. There are about 13 natives species while several species have been hybridized. In addition to several Piedmont and Florida Flame azaleas I have a few hybrid species from the Confederate series including 'Admiral Semmes', 'Robert E. Lee' and 'J.E.B. Stuart'.
|Confederate series: Admiral Semmes|
|Confederate series: Robert E. Lee|
The trillium continue to bloom and are gems on the woodland floor.
A sweet scent lingers through the woodland garden from the sweet shrub. It smells very much like pineapple with a hint of spice. It makes you just want to stop and inhale the fruity air.
At the edge of the woodland garden are many native columbine servicing the ruby-throated hummingbirds that arrived earlier this month.
Another hummingbird favorite is the coral honeysuckle which has been blooming since February.
Carolina Jasmine which starts blooming in very early spring provides a gorgeous pop of color. All that yellow just makes me happy!
The creeping phlox provides a lush carpet on the slope at the edge of the azalea garden.
It is a butterfly favorite in early spring.
The newest addition to our garden is a sign that my husband made for me. Isn't he the sweetest! It still needs to be painted. We are debating on color. Your thoughts and suggestions?
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this wonderful event each month.