Early spring is one of the most exciting times for gardeners. We’ve spent winter nurturing our houseplants, planning our vegetable gardens, dreaming up new beds, and starting seeds when we just can’t wait any longer. The first green shoots of tulips poking out of a litter of last fall’s leaves mean warmer weather is coming. Even if you don’t consider yourself a gardener, you’ve probably noticed the flush of bright pink and yellow that comes with the first spring rains. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite harbingers of spring to give you a much-needed pop of color after our bleak Nebraska winters.
Double Take ‘Orange Storm’ Quince
Double Take ‘Orange Storm’ Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)
5′ tall, 5′ wide. Large, bright orange double flowers cover the branches of this shrub in early spring before it leafs out. Prune into a hedge or leave in its natural form, it looks beautiful either way, plus it’s thornless and fruitless for easy care!