Lithodora - Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward.' This plant makes a really nice ground cover. And the little bright blue flowers bloom off and on all summer long.
Bleeding Heart - Dicentra spp. We have two varieties, a pink and a white. Although we didn't see it on our hike last week, it grows wild in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Apparently it will bloom all summer if planted in a cool enough location.
Japanese Painted Fern - Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum.' We first saw this fern back in 2009 when when took a trip to Calloway Gardens. I like the three tone coloration of the frond. This is a terrible picture, but I 'm afraid I couldn't do any better.
We have a bunch of ferns on the garden, most of them were planted by the original owner, a lady who lived here for more than fifty years. I only know the official names of a few, but I'll try to make more of an effort to identify them this year as they come up.
Rose Saxifraga Touran Neon - Saxifraga x arendsii 'Touran Neon Rose.' We just planted this one this year. Has a bright little flower. Apparently it is deer resistant and blooms all spring and summer.
More tulips! This bunch was planted by the original homeowner. We actually didn't even know they were there for the first couple of years, we mowed over them! But since then every year the patch has gotten a little larger. Weirdly, this year there was one white tulip amongst the purple. Oh, did you watch the PBS documentary about tulips that I linked to last week? If not you can watch it here, and it also showcases apples, potatoes, and cannabis.