Last fall I planted clusters of 'Harmony' Iris reticulata (Zones 5-8, sun or part shade) along the path on the east side of our home, and last week I was rewarded with these lovely deep blue flowers.
Mounds of perennial plant leaves are popping up all over the area and it's nice to have some color among all the green.
Other than the mini iris, there are also two Lenten roses (Helleborus) blooming in this part of the garden. 'Berry Swirl' is pictured above.
This 'Double Queen' hellebore is greenish-cream with speckles inside. Both of these hellebores have been in bloom for over a month by now and will continue for quite a while longer.
Here is a shot of the entire area. Spring is early again this year with no complaints from this gardener. Soon the chartreuse leaves of 'Mellow Yellow' spirea, 'Lime Rickey' heuchera, and 'Sum and Substance' hosta will be brightening up purple 'Negrita' tulips, pink creeping phlox and 'Asao' clematis while 'Katherine Havemeyer' lilacs and white 'Spring Snow' crabapple trees bloom above.