Hello again, and happy May!
I decided to peruse the more shady areas of the landscape this week. To my delight, there were many things looking great.
This is where the original plantings of Hyacinthoides began. Most of the year, the Carex fills this spot out and looks great. But this time of year, the bulbs are the best. A lawn-like area is transformed into a bloom festival. There are concerns in some parts of the country where Spanish Bluebells have become aggressive. I could see that happening over time. In an area that is maintained, I think it's worth planting.
This is a plant being introduced by Chicagoland Grows, but it was bred by Brent Horvath at Intrinsic Perennials in Hebron, IL. I've had it in the landscape for a good amount of time now, and it has thrived in two spots. Both with a lot of shade, like you see in this picture and with partial sun. The blue-green leaves are stunning all growing season, and now are decorated by white flowers that look like hanging earrings.