London is full of bright green shoots and buds, birdsong and blossom. Gardens are slowly filling up with colour, and alongside early flowering tulips, there are plenty of perennials that can brighten up your borders at this time of the year. Most of the early Spring ones are shade tolerant and adapted to blooming before surrounding trees come into leaf and take the sunlight.
Here is our personal selection of early Spring perennials that are particularly reliable and suited to our London gardens:
Aquilegia – the traditional “Granny’s bonnet” has seen a revival with modern and elegant varieties such as “Ruby Port”
Brunnera – reminiscent of “forget-me-not” but with bold foliage, perfect for ground cover in the shade
Euphorbia – bright acid green bracts that pair well with blues and oranges. Our favourite is the compact variety Euphorbia x martini
Hellebore – elegant and long lasting, and one of the earliest blooms in the Spring garden
Pulmonaria – excellent groundcover for a shady but moist spot, our favourite is “Blue Ensign” for its large blue flowers
Bergenia – fashionable again, choose a variety such as “Abendglut” for its vivid magenta flowers
Tiarella – delicate and frothy, best planted in large quantities for best effect
Epimedium – versatile and tolerant of most conditions, with a variety of colours that complement the lovely heart shaped foliage
Happy Spring Gardening!
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