A glowing combination of blue-green and butter-yellow, with a tantalizing blush of pink on older plants and in cool weather. Bright Star (officially named Yucca gloriosa ‘Walbristar’) forms a spiky crown of flexible swordlike leaves. Slow growing, it eventually forms a short woody trunk similar to some agaves. Perennial. Zones 7 to 10. heronswood.com, plantdelights.com
The tulip fields of the Netherlands are currently bursting into bloom with fields of tulips, hyancinths, and other bulb flowers. Photographs of the country's flower fields in Bloembollenstreek, the bulb belt of the country, look like modern paintings of bright colors, made up of strips of thousands of colorful flowers.
Pop-up flower stores from some of the hippest and coolest florists around the country at West Elm stores, starting in late April; GD contributor Amy Merrick writes about deciding to move her flower business out of her apartment; and this weekend, Rodale's Tulip Festival, with U-pick bouquets, and tulip tastings!