These photos of the backyard are from early May when the tulips were in full bloom along with the 'Royal Raindrops' crabapple trees.
'Margarita' pink double tulips were blooming at front along with lily-flowered 'Merlot,' 'Orange Princess,' 'Negrita' and 'Black Hero.'
The tulips in this area came back nicely for a second year, including pink 'Aveyron' and creamy 'Verona.' Newly planted 'Bowles Golden' carex echoes the chartreuse blooms of cushion spurge.
In my tiny white garden, the 'Exotic Emperor' tulips have multiplied over several years to make a good showing along with variegated white aubretia and the 'Spring Snow' crabapple.
This photo doesn't do them justice, but the 'Exotic Emperor' tulips have interesting green flames coming up their sides and lovely full blooms.