If these crocus (the lighter purple) and iris reticulata were not blooming, there would be nothing in this bed except for dirt and mulch. Yes, the curve of the garden wall is pretty, but after a long winter, our eyes crave color. Perennials won’t come up yet for another month.
Here is a view from the other direction:
And here is what it looks like six weeks later:
These beds begin the season with crocus and iris, then daffodils and tulips dominate, then perennials take over. By June 1, this same site has been the location of three different and lovely views. One more picture: