Herbaceous plants

Spring blanket

I love the herbaceous borders that front all of the fencing that keeps out the deer. It changes season to season and never fails to deliver a visually interesting palette of plants, textures and colors.

In the back now, flowering sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) carpets the area interspersed with ferns and hostas. Both are popping up, unfolding in a slow pirouette before their huge fronds and leaves cover up most of the ground and surrounding woodruff. A few bulbs struggle to show off but will be enveloped in green in the next few days. The woodruff’s white flowers will drop and the green darken and thicken, readying itself for the heat of Summer.

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