|Front bed after the winter. The gardenias were hard hit by the cold temperatures.|
|Nonnative bleedingheart starting to flower, and native lyreleaf sage spreading like crazy.|
The low, green rosettes are lyreleaf sage, a native Salvia. They have spread like crazy via seeds. I had just two plants a year ago, believe it or not, and this picture is after I've already dug up some of the babies! They're too aggressive and weedy for this location, so I will soon transplant them all to a location that needs some help with erosion control. What shall I replace them with?
I'm pleased that my Heucheras (the purple varieties and the native green ones) are sending up new growth. They were also eaten by deer, but you can hardly tell now.
|Bluebells and heucheras.|
|Bluebells: Delicate, ephemeral, and absolutely perfect.|
|Lobelias (L. cardinalis and L. siphilitica). These keep their leaves and photosynthesize throughout winter, so it's important not to let them get buried by fallen leaves. Now they have new spring growth and will soon send up flowering stalks. [Edited to add: The topmost and rightmost plants turn out not to be L. siphilitica, even though they were sold to me as such at a plant sale. When they started sending out runners and then flowered, I IDed them as bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), which the VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation lists as "occasionally invasive." I have since removed them and replaced them with actual lobelias from yet another plant sale.]|
|Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinium)--the little shoots, not the nonnative bulb plant. This seems to have spread slightly via roots since last year, or else it dropped its seeds in a very localized patch.|
|I think that two of these are native Aruncus dioicus (goat's beard) and two are nonnative astilbe. However, I don't recall which is which.|
|Spiderworts (Tradescantia sp.)|