Shade Gardening: Flowering Shade Plant Inspiration - Summer 2021
Our backyard is mostly shade. And, because of that, I'm a shade gardener and have been focused on adding shade plants to our yard over the past couple of years. But, I haven't strayed too far from Hostas and Ferns. I recently came this list of Shade plants that includes foliage and flowering sub-lists that I've been reading to get acquainted with some new ideas.
We also spent some time over the past few weeks at the Morton Arboretum walking the paths and looking at some of the gardens. In particular, we spent an overcast morning puttering around the Fragrance Garden seeking inspiration based on seeing what they have planted in some of the shady spots. Here's a few shots that include a mix of shade-tolerant perennials and annuals below. This is where that list from Garden Design linked above comes in handy - for identification. First up, a mix of some All Gold Hakonechloa macra grasses planted with (what I think are) Hypoestes (polka dot plant) and some begonias that are similar to what I planted out front this season. One of the things that I can try next season is mixing polka dot plants with begonias in a shady bed.
Here's a few more photos below showing off some of the plants near the Fragrance Garden at the Morton Arboretum. First is another mix of the All Gold Japanese Forest Grasses and Tuff Stuff Hydrangeas. I have a Tuff Stuff hydrangea, but it has NEVER flowered since being planted in the Fall of 2017.
I could see any of these mixing in with our already planted Toad Lilies. Or Barrenwort - we have an emerging colony/drift of Amber Queen.
But, what else is on that list that has appeal (to me) right now that is (mostly new to me, too)? Let's run through some of them:1. Deadnettle. Deadnettle (Lamium). A flowering groundcover. What's not to like?
5. Bleeding Heart. (Lamprocapnos syn. Dicentra spectabilis). These are Spring ephemerals. Kinda interesting and serve a purpose. I can see them being planted amongst hostas.
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