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April 29, 2014. This time of year, flowers are still at a premium in the garden. Sure, there's the clumps of daffodils, minor bulbs, a few primroses, and flowering trees are out in force – but most of the garden is still either brown or green. I favor green over brown, so I value plants that send up their foliage abundantly this time of year. An exuberance of tidy fresh leaves can be just as pleasing as flowers! One excellent example is Aconitum carmichaelii, the only monkshood that has thrived in our garden. It won't send up its tall stalks with hooded purple-blue flowers until October, but you'd never guess that it's a late bloomer by how quickly its clump of frilly leaves establishes itself in early spring. It will continue to look good throughout the season; I wish all perennials had so much all-season appeal!

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