Some gardeners mistakenly believe it is difficult to have a colorful shade garden. They give up, plant some ground cover, and call it a garden. But a beautiful shade garden is as easy as choosing plants with dramatic texture and vibrantly-colored foliage. The Japanese painted fern is a perfect example of a plant with both… Continue reading Japanese Painted Ferns add color to shade gardens!
In April, Podophyllum peltatum rises from the ground, resembling a tightly-closed umbrella. As each stem lengthens to a foot tall or a bit taller, the leaves unfurl and the ‘umbrella’ opens. It sounds like a really interesting plant, doesn’t it? Called mayapples because of their apple-blossom-like flowers that bloom in May, they are one of… Continue reading Mayapples
One of the prettiest plants in my shade garden is Brunnera macrophylla, commonly called false forget-me-nots and Siberian bugloss. Named for the Swiss botanist Samuel Brunner, it is native to Siberia and areas in the Mediterranean. It is cold hardy in most of the U.S. but does not perform as well in the deep South,… Continue reading Plant false forget-me-nots.