A Spring flowering perennials that form clumps like pulmonaria and doronicum
can be cut back and divided in May.
plantagineum 'Harpur Crewe' is probably one of the most commonly planted and, flowering as it does at 600mm (24in) high, it is an ideal spring border plant to follow on after the daffodils have done their job but before the Irises, Lupins and delphiniums start to do theirs.
Cut back clumps of spring-flowering perennials such as pulmonaria and doronicum
, to encourage a fresh flush of foliage.
And there's alchemilla mollis, Japanese anemones - especially the white varieties - aquilegias, astrantias, brunnera, campanula persicifolia, coreopsis verticillata, dicentra spectabilis, doronicum
Miss Mason, echinops ritro, geraniums Wargrave, grandiflorum and Johnson's Blue, geum Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden, heleniums, hemerocallis or day lillies, lupins, lychnis coronaria, monarda, nepeta, phlox, pulmonarias, rudbeckias, sedum spectabile, sidalcea, stachys lanata and tradescantia.
Other good plantings include Leopard's bane, Doronicum
, a group of yellow daisy-flowered perennials which are clump forming, hardy, will grow in most soils and take shade.
Then Comeragh King trounces Doronicum
(Gordon Richards/John Hansen) in the three-miler, before Gold Options takes the novice from Ringmore (John Parkes/ Richard Fahey, 4lb claim).
Primroses, the yellow daisies flowers of doronicum
, and the frothy cream heads of Sweet Cicely (myrrhis odorata).
I would not suggest that you have a dandelion border in your garden but the yellow flowers of the Leopards Bane, Doronicum
, could provide a good substitute to complement the display of bluebells.
Their botanical name is doronicum
( derived from the Arab term for the plant, doronigi, and the nickname of leopard's bane refers to the plant's reputed ability to ward off wild animals.
I love doronicum
(yellow), scabiosa (blue) pyrethrum (pink and red), trollius (orange) and peonies (pink).
austriacum is a hardy perennial which is covered with bright yellow, daisy-like flowers each up to 5cm (2in) across in April and May.
Best forms include Doronicum
x' Harpur Crewe Doronicumpardalianches - also known as great leopard's bane, this has smaller flowers and can become invasive Doronicum
carpetanum , is quick to spread into 90cm(3ft) clumps, grows 60cm (2ft) tall.
`Leopard's Bane' - a late spring, large daisy shaped flower.
is a good one, masses of bright yellow starry blooms and growing to about 2ft.
, or leopard's bane, are among the earliest flowering herbaceous perennials.