|Beautiful yellow trout lily (Erythronium – perhaps 'Pagoda'?) from Barry Parker's Parkdale garden|
So, rather than my intended Canada Blooms 2014 Wishlist, which can wait till next Friday (get your thinking caps on, we can brainstorm together), this Friday Idea File covers four springy plant families you'll wish you'd planted this year – so that you can consider them for next.
1. Trout lilies (Erythronium)
|Light illuminating the white petals of an Erythronium in Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls in April 2012|
2. Species or botanical tulips (Tulipa)
|Tulipa humilis 'Little Princess' will also have a place in my garden this year|
|Tulipa clusiana, possibly 'Cynthia', is a little taller at about 25 cm (just under a foot tall)|
|They aren't all in the yellow range. This is T. clusiana 'Lady Jane' in my garden, and other species are in pinks or mauves|
|Fritillaria hermonis 'Amana', a rarer, exotic form, again from the lovely garden of Barry Parker|
|Barry's naturalized patch of Fritillaria meleagris, the checkered or snakeshead lily, including the all-white form|
|Tall crown imperials (Fritillaria imperialis) in St. James Park at the end of April 2010|
|My own double bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex') was a gift from Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening|
|Sanguinaria canadensis 'Roseum' is the pink species of the single form, more obviously pink in real life|
So share your own thoughts: What plant families would you add to this list?