Shade Gardening forum: Spring 2014 Shade Garden Sharing

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Name: Jewell
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Jewell
Apr 10, 2014 7:42 PM CST
Spring is beginning and my woodland garden is coming to life. Some plants like the heuchera are getting past their blooming prime, but will hold the flowers and the leaf structure will help fill in the garden.Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/f57149 Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/ae0326
Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/c15ee6 The hostas are just beginning to pop through the soil and in some cases the slugs have had a meal or two.Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/a50594 Many of the evergreen ferns took a beating with the 11F cold snap with no snow cover. I cut back many but not all of the cold burned evergreen ferns. The Spanish hyathins are probably not going to bloom this year, but a few old fashioned narcissus and snow drops did bloom earlier. The trilliums I moved are doing well and the BC ginger is really becoming a native ground cover.Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/074404 Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/ab35bc. Here are a few other bloomsThumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/2d4baa Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/e3d373 Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/322cbf Thumb of 2014-04-11/Jewell/b4cfa5

Is your garden waking up? Please share.

Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Apr 13, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Jewell - beautiful garden

so much variety and beautiful forms
Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
Jun 5, 2014 9:01 PM CST
A few more photos of my little shade garden. I am really enamored with the mix of hostas, ferns and woodland plants. I can't believe how everything has grown since last year. The variety of sizes has made putting a few plants in pots so that I can create spaces so that the minis I got from plant exchanges and spring sales don't get lost.Thumb of 2014-06-06/Jewell/2d170b Thumb of 2014-06-06/Jewell/d94770 Thumb of 2014-06-06/Jewell/0645b8 Thumb of 2014-06-06/Jewell/d096af Thumb of 2014-06-06/Jewell/851d07
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Name: Jewell
South Puget Sound (Zone 7a)
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Jewell
Jun 5, 2014 9:03 PM CST
jerseyridgearts said:Jewell - beautiful garden

so much variety and beautiful forms
. Thanks Catherine. I finished the garden last spring. It has grown and filled in exceptionally fast.

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 6, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Lilies of the valley have been going great guns. We also have hay scented ferns which don't mind the sun.
Name: Jewell
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Jewell
Jun 24, 2014 6:53 AM CST
My favorite shade combinations at the moment
Thumb of 2014-06-24/Jewell/5bdfdd I love this combo with Astrantia maxima, hosta, tassel fern and heuchera. I am quite taken with the Astrantia maxima. The blooms are very long lasting.
Thumb of 2014-06-24/Jewell/d1a3af Thumb of 2014-06-24/Jewell/3813f6 Thumb of 2014-06-24/Jewell/b66a61 These three hostas all started out the same when I purchased them. The one in the back was in a sunnier location the first summer and changed color. It kept its new color even even though I moved it in January into full shade. Weird.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 24, 2014 11:54 AM CST
Very beautiful! Astrantia are one of my very favorite plants - not super showy, but they bloom ALL summer long. And slugs don't like them, so I intersperse them with hosta and other shade plants. My Star of Billion astrantia just started to bloom yesterday. I also have Abbey Road and Lars. Regina heuchera also just started to bloom.That one blooms all summer for me, which is unusual for coral bells. The majority of my yard is shady, so it's fortunate that I love shade plants!





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Name: Jewell
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Jewell
Jun 28, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Jeanie, I love your astrantia. It definitely has lots of blooms and a different form from mine. I like the red blooms on your Regina heuchera too.

I had to pull some heuchera yesterday because the marmalade was infested with rust. Hopefully with clean up and spray it will be controlled. I'd hate to loss my snow angel heuchera. It is one of my favs and was close to the marmalade. I have a couple of other varieties I will be watching also. Fortunately from what I have read the rust is specific to heucheras and my shade garden has lots of variety.

Thumb of 2014-06-28/Jewell/2ca67fmarmelade is gone and replaced with orchid primrose. Got them on sale to replace the marmalade heuchera before I realized I had a rust problem.




A few other views of the shade garden. It is a real hodgepodge of plant materials but since I am in the garden year round I am striving for structure and ground cover. I am finding my native ginger makes a great ground cover for the hostas.
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 28, 2014 10:20 AM CST
Very pretty! I use native ginger too. It's a wonderful ground cover. My other favorite is cranesbill. I was looking for some border plants for shady areas and decided to try the dwarf goat's beard...so far I am really happy with it. Don't have any pictures of it yet though.
Oh, I just figured out this morning that the astrantia I posted as Star of Billion is actually Vanilla Gorilla. The leaf variegation didn't show right away. The flowers are becoming a bit more pink also. I think this will be my favorite one (sorry Lars!). I really like your maxima. May I ask where you got it?
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 28, 2014 11:25 AM CST
We have both the tall & the dwarf. I really love the dwarfie, but it can be difficult to find. My source no longer offers it.
Name: Jewell
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Jewell
Jun 28, 2014 11:28 AM CST
foraygardengirl said:Very pretty! I use native ginger too. It's a wonderful ground cover. My other favorite is cranesbill. I was looking for some border plants for shady areas and decided to try the dwarf goat's beard...so far I am really happy with it. Don't have any pictures of it yet though.
Oh, I just figured out this morning that the astrantia I posted as Star of Billion is actually Vanilla Gorilla. The leaf variegation didn't show right away. The flowers are becoming a bit more pink also. I think this will be my favorite one (sorry Lars!). I really like your maxima. May I ask where you got it?


Jeanie, I just stumbled on the astrantia maxima at the annual Master Gardener's Sale in the county south of me last spring. It is the most amazing sale! Last year was my first year attending and got some spectacular hostas, heucheras and monks hood as well as the astrantia. This year I got to add three named varieties of mini hostas to my garden from the sale and a trunk load of other plants. You wouldn't believe the prices. I have never taken more than $30 cash and end up trying to find room in the car to fit them all Lovey dubby

My woodland garden is fairly new. The neighbors fir trees finally shaded out our yard. I am hoping the maxima will spread in its current bed for summer flowers. I will be on the lookout now for the cranesbill and the goats beard.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jun 28, 2014 11:54 AM CST
Oh, I am always in line early for our local master gardener's sale. Absolutely the best way to get great plants for very cheap. Also they have native plants that are not readily available elsewhere. The other great plant sale here is put on by the Friends School in St. Paul. I always volunteer so I can go to the presale. It is at the state fairgrounds, and they get somewhere around 10,000 people. It is amazing. They also have plants for good prices. By the way, the maxima will not really spread (no stolons or self seeding), but the clump will expand every year. After 3 years or my astrantia clumps were quite large. If you want something really big, try regular goatsbeard or grapeleaf anemone. Look at my photos of Robustissima.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2014 12:45 PM CST
Sharing a shot of my active Southern Shade Garden where it's 90ยบ in the shade. While we can't grow the cool weather shady items as I would like (Coral Bells, trillium, Lily of the Valley, etc-- and believe you me, I have tried) there are enough heat-loving shade plants to keep me happy. Too many to name in this busy bed. See what you can find!


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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Jul 4, 2014 9:33 PM CST
Aruncus has been beaten down by the heavy rain.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 5, 2014 6:44 AM CST
Cheryl--lovely shade garden!
Lucy, sorry to hear about your goat's beard. We have had heavy rains all of June and mine have only remained somewhat upright because they are under trees. They are so tough they'll come back Smiling
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