While the hollyhocks are looking good and the poppies are emerging, at this time of the year it's the quieter parts of the garden that deserve our respect.
Those plants that come back year after year and fill in the background and the foreground and the middle ground so all the other stuff can shine.
Hostas, ferns, astilbe, and grasses.
With the astilbe it's really a two for one. Great foliage before and after the emergence of the lovely flower.
On a sadder note, I report the loss of the weeping cherry out front. The tree guy said the weeping cherries in our area took the dry winter very hard and are not doing well. It's being removed this week and will be replaced in the fall when it's a bit cooler. I had 10 great years of beautiful blooms from that tree. It's hard to ask more than that of a plant.