most reliable spring blooming flower or tree for NC
My very dearest friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. I want to send her a spring blooming flower or tree that will come back year after year, as a reminder to her that she will be here to see it. She lives in the Raleigh area on a very shady lot. I thought about a bunch of crocus bulbs but my understanding is they do better if planted in the fall. Can you help me?