If you are looking to add some color to your yard, here are three options which are blooming right now. They are all perennials that will come back year after year. They will attract butterflies, although the populations are just beginning.
The top picture is Wild Sweet William – Phlox divaricata. It will stay green all summer long and has this pretty flower most of April. It’s a Missouri native and is available from
The second flower is called Bluebells – Mertensia virginica. It will disappear after a couple of months and will reappear next year. It’s a Missouri native and is available from
The final two flowers are Viburnum. I don’t have the exact species. They smell just like a Parisian perfume – only better. This plant turns into a fairly large bush, but can be pruned to keep it to a manageable size. Your local nursery should have this bush.