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
The fragrant Grape hyacinth is a popular spring bulb, with an appearance akin to bunches of grapes, but there is also a range of pastel-hued varieties. Hyacinth, found in Henry James’ and other novels, has never ranked here, and wouldn’t be the easiest name for a child to carry: the pretty Spanish Jacinta might be more so.