Nothing signals the end of a long, harsh winter more than the first bursts of color popping up in the garden. Or—if you’re a city dweller, it might be the whiff of fragrant lilacs wafting up from the vases lined up in grocery store sidewalk displays. Many of these flowers have wonderfully evocative names, from the popular Lily to the more exotic Azalea. Here are 10 of the most appealing.By Linda Rosenkrantz
Versatile and varied, the Dahlia comes in many shapes and colors and usually debuts in June. The name Dahlia is gradually overcoming its onetime lah-dee-dah ultra-British image to reach Number 445 in the US, 85 on Nameberry.