We all are craving the longer days of spring and summer and are counting the days until we can get out into the garden and onto our lawns again. Look out for these gorgeous plants next time you’re out and about.

These little, bell-shaped flowers are one of the first signs of spring, and they always manage to put a smile on our faces. Plus, they’re great for bees and other pollinators who are looking for nectar early in the season.


The Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose (Helleborus species) is a wonderful perennial that should be a staple in all gardens. The Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose (Helleborus species) is a wonderful perennial that should be a staple in all gardens.


Another plant with remarkable winter interest are the many cultivars of Witch Hazel (Hammamelis vernalis). Most can get rather large; easily 10-12 feet high and wide so give them room. 


These tiny flowers come in all sorts of shades, from deep purple to sunny yellow, and they can start blooming as early as late February. 


They typically start blooming in mid-March, and you can find them just about everywhere –  in gardens, on hillsides, and even along the side of the road. 


If the gloomy days of winter are wearing on you, think of introducing either or both of these terrific plants into your landscape.  They will brighten up any garden. American Gardens can help you with your landscape architectural planning, planting, and other installation needs; just give us a call or send an email to set up an appointment to meet with one of our consultants.

Eichenlaub can help you with your landscaping needs. Our designers know that the dramatic impact of a cascading waterfall as well as the smaller details, as the subtle shading of an heirloom rose, are equally important when creating a successful plan. Eichenlaub’s professional design staff creates each landscape plan with attention to the individual aspects of your property coupled with your needs.