I decided it would be fun — and useful to my design process — to participate in this "end of the month" meme from The Patient Gardener in the UK. I planned on looking back at my "back" garden at the end of each month. I forgot all about it until I visited one of my favorite blogs this morning, Rusty Duck, and saw her post showcasing her end of the month landscape.
So I grabbed my phone and took a few shots — which are of the front garden as that is where all the blooms are at the moment, with the exception of these few pots on the deck (above). The back garden is transitioning from early spring colors to green with bursts of lilies. It's also impossible to capture with a phone.
Coming into the front garden one moves into an area of big old trees like this Sugar maple (above), underplanted with Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), probably Broad buckler fern (Dryopteris dilatata 'Recurvata') and swaths of Geranium cantabriginense 'Biokovo' just coming into flower. Note the winter burn on the yew in the background.
Further along the path in the front garden is this combination of Christmas fern, the lovely 'Black Barlow' double columbine and one of my favorite sedges, Carex rosea.
The front garden slopes down to the street (with no sidewalks) and is filled with tough customers: three varieties of Geranium macrorrhizum, assorted Hostas, 'Valentine' bleeding heart and and clumps of Japanese forest grass (Hakone chloa varieties).
At the center top of the above photo is a Cimicifuga pushing its way upward. The Cimicifuga is at the edge of the path between the street side bank of Geraniums and those under the big maples.