You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief on the first sunny spring days in Portland—the city takes on an air of palpable giddiness and glee — the populace drunk on sun.
Spring is always a special time here in Portland, though perhaps even more so this year since we’re feeling like we paid our dues (and then some!) this last fall and winter, and I know we’re not alone in that respect. With a pent-up appetite for signs of a brighter, fresher, more hopeful spring, I’ve found myself eagerly watching for and then reveling in signs of life as my garden wakes up, erupting with potential, fat with the promise of a new season.
Keep a close eye out—once it starts, the season unfolds quickly with changes to relish every day. I hope you’ll have the chance to take delight in the daily changes as your gardens grows and evolves.
I've gathered some of my favorite plants and planting combinations that offer the tantalizing promise of emerging spring foliage. Be sure to explore the links, where you'll find more info and get ideas of how to include these plants in your garden.
A Gallery Celebrating the Delights of Spring Foliage
Combos that Rely on Ephemeral Effects of Fresh Foliage