I love shade gardens and am astounded that many of my friends are frustrated by shade conditions in their yards. The fact that my shade gardening takes place near a small stream may be the big reason plants thrive there. It is a problem in the spring when the ice melts and the water rises and floods dramatically! I have in fact lost (and found!) things on these occasions. The cleanup is awful, heavy work and very time consuming, but soon all returns to the way it was and I’m a happy camper again, trying to find spots to add “just one more” plant.
I ran out with my camera on this lovely June day and snapped some shady characters for you. My, how things do change in shade gardens too! The Hepaticas, Mertensia, Epimedium, Woodland Phlox and Martagon Lilies are now finished blooming and the Thalictrum, Astilbes and Ferns have appeared. The many-colored Candelabra Primulas are setting seed and I am awaiting the hydrangeas, Acanthus mollis, Kirengeshomas and other treats. One particular favorite will be the Anemonopsis macrophylla. Its stems are tall now and forming buds. The blooms will be delicate, white with lavender.
Wild Angelica grows where it chooses in the background and has fabulous ‘architecture’ to examine at every stage.
Apart from the primulas, the early shade garden, known as “the flats”, is mostly a study in green and white with only occasional color thrown into the mix. This little Hosta will have lavender blooms.
Hellebores are among the first flowers. They add a touch of pink or sometimes yellow.
Fairy Bells of several varieties also add a touch of yellow.
Woodland Phlox adds a lovely blue carpet.
I hope you enjoyed the green and white tour! Come again in the fall when things have changed once more.