What's in My Garden 5

Rosalie Holzinger, Master Gardener with Mecklenburg County Extension Service, shares what’s budding, blooming and bursting into color in her expansive garden this time of year. “What’s normally blooming in April,” she repeats with a laugh. “This year, of course, things are different.” Our warm spring just means we get to enjoy these sweet blossoms even longer!

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare

Also known as the common daisy, moon daisy and dog daisy, these sweet, creamy buds reach for the sun on stems marked by dark green leaves. It’s a hardy plant and can handle sun to partial shade, though it prefers damp soil.

Virginia Bluebell

Mertensia virginica

Also known as Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf and Roanoke bells, these delicate violet blooms drip from thin grey-green stems in full to partial shade. Their sweet nectar is a favorite for butterflies.

Climbing Milkweed

Cynanchum laeve

Also known as sand vine, blue vine and honey vine, climbing milkweed is known for its aggressive ascension (it can grow up to 15 feet!) and small, white blooms beloved by butterflies and bees. This vine likes moist soil and full sun, but will tolerate most conditions.


dianthus barbatus 

You’ll find hundreds of varieties of dianthus around Charlotte in a spectrum of colors, from shell pink to vibrant magenta to white traced with rosy veins. As long as they receive at least six hours of sun daily and their soil drains well, you’ll see a profusion of blooms.


Oenothera fruticosa

Buttery yellow flowers burst from leafy, verdant mounds in these aptly named sundrops. These perennials love sunshine and they’ll bloom all summer long.

Siberian Iris

Iris sibirica

Slim and tall, these irises peek above other plants in gardens, held to the ground by thin green stalks and leaves. They bloom when the weather turns, but their foliage stays beautiful all year ’round. Siberian irises like full sun and well-drained soil.