Some beautiful flowering spring plants to inspire you:
It is a great idea to go the nurseries to see these in bloom to buy them and be extra careful planting them to avoid disrupting their blooming. Dig the hole nice and wide and mix in 1/3 compost planting mix to 2/3 native soil and water well.
'Gardening in the Inland Northwest' by Tonie Jean Fitzgerald has some timing tips for planting out in our special climate and I just love this type of folklore knowledge:
Plant root crops - carrots, turnips, potatoes, radishes - when lilacs are in bud
Plant cold hardy veggies - lettuce, peas, spinach - when lilacs begin to leaf
Plant frost tender vegetables - tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers - when lilacs are past full bloom
And remember that Bend has an average of 90 frost free days (though it can freeze suddenly in July) and our average last frost is June 1st and our average first frost is September 1st. Use those season extenders!