May Flowers in Garden and Woods Welcome a New Season

We’re finally getting a taste of warmer weather, and with it comes the blooming of May.  Here are a few of the beauties you’ll find in the garden and parks around the Northeastern United States at this time of year.

Although some of these plants and trees are wild, most have close relatives that are available from nurseries as well.

Hopefully, you will get some good ideas about what you can plant in your own garden, to enjoy every spring!

Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

This pristine white flower was the first bloom I spotted on my walk in the nearby woods. Wildflowers don’t come more perfect than this.

I think I remember reading that the trillium was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite flower.

In fact, you can purchase them from the shop at Monticello.

Dicentra

The dicentra plant in my garden looks great, but so does the one I found growing in the parking lot of our national park.  

Unfortunately, my photo of the wild dicentra is a bit blurry.

Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)

The wood anemone that grows wild in Ohio is relatively short ( 4 in.), so you’ve got to pay attention when you are walking to catch a glimpse of these gems. They are one of the first wildflowers to bloom around here.

Primrose (Primula)

Primroses are often for sale at our local market in the spring.  An added bonus is that they are inexpensive. I planted this one out in the garden after it finished blooming last year. It has resurfaced and rebloomed this May.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

The flowers of the eastern redbud are so bright that its had to believe this tree is a native to North America. It looks exotic.

Crabapple (Malus)

Though crabapples are common, and their tenacious suckers are nerve-racking, it’s hard to beat their abundant blooms.

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting Six-on-Saturday. See more from gardens around the world here.

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4 comments

  1. The flowers of Dicentra begin to fade here …
    Otherwise, Cercis canadensis are wonderful trees with such a beautiful bloom in this season … I envy to have one here …. Very nice photo of trillium

    1. I love the color of Cercis canadensis. I’m looking to plant one in my yard now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The primrose is beautiful. It contains my favorite colors. Do the blooms last all summer or just spring?

    1. The primrose here blooms in the spring. Once in awhile, you’ll get a repeat bloom!

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