Do you occasionally get tired of the too well organized garden scene?
Have you dabbled in the spontaneity of ephemeral-like plants such as daffodils and crocus?
These plants will bring a boost of color to your garden and your mood after a long winter nap…
Ephemeral plants pop up early in the Spring – grow, flower, set seed, and start to curl back into the ground as most trees are leafing out. These plants evolved to take advantage of early spring sun in woodland settings, before the forest canopy fills in. Ephemeral plants vary as much in their forms and habit as their namesakes. For example:
Some ephemerals may naturally find their way into your garden:
Most ephemerals can be tucked in between your shrubs and traditional perennials without changing the gardens’ long-term appearance. You could also use ephemerals to spice up a barren tree ring, but not worry about the foliage when mulch time approaches. Occasionally ephemerals, i.e. Wild Geranium, can get out of control depending on the competition your established plants offer. As with all plants, choose ephemerals based on the conditions in your individual garden.
If you want see these plants in the wild or a garden setting:
I recommend the old-school route – get a Virginia wildflower book and take a walk in the woods. Your perfect match is out there – remember, with ephemerals, it is all about timing!