One of my favorite flowers, Spigelia, started blooming a couple of weeks ago. They’re a woodland flower native the much of the eastern U.S. I am puzzled why they are not more popular in gardens. People are always looking for something with showy blooms for the shade. If you have the right spot, these are easy to grow.
Also, they attract hummingbirds.
We’ve been trying to incorporate more native plants into the garden. It’s not a big ideological thing, but to encourage the wildlife.