6 Cedar in deep snow

Considering the feet of snow that covered the sunny border last winter, it seems hard to believe how quickly the flowering shrubs shrugged off the dormant season and put on their spring show.

One of the first to display its finery was the Snow Day ‘Blizzard’ pearl bush with its impressive flurry of snow-white white blooms.


The ornamental quinces were next and there is nothing subtle about their spectacularly brilliant flowers. Deep orange, pink and red balls crowd the branches of Double Take series ‘Orange Storm, “Pink Storm” and ‘Scarlet Storm” quinces.

quince 'Scarlet Storm'

quince ‘Scarlet Storm’

Not to be overshadowed, the Yuki Cherry Blossom Deutzias chimed in next. These sweet little shrubs are compact and form colorful groundcovers. Be warned, however, you are bound to fall in love with this unique choice.

'Yuki Cherry Blossom' deutzia

‘Yuki Cherry Blossom’ deutzia

When it comes to early impact, count on the Weigelas. ‘Sonic Bloom Red’ not only provides brilliant purple/pink blooms, but reblooms through the fall on spreading plants.

sonic bloom weigela

Oh yeah, the hydrangeas and bush roses are coming along and they will be spectacular, but thank goodness for those early spring bloomers that get the garden started with color, form and interest.