The second plant that caught my eye was this corylopsis - so colourful and so early. This shrub is about 8 feet high. There are various types of Corylopsis and they are not expensive or difficult to grow. Such early colour makes them a must.
And today's final choice is a fairly old, and rather unexciting Pieris - but I like it. We grow lots of different types of Pieris, but the best remains Pieris forrestii, which will feature in a future post when its bright red bracts are out (frosts permitting). Pieris bracts follow the flowers, and in some species are much more spectacular.