The shade garden
Nothing comes at more of a premium on a suburban newly developed lot than
shade. The only bit of our garden where we don't have blistering sun at least
half of the day is the Northeast corner between our garage and the house. It's
small, so it's chock full of the plants we can't grow anywhere else: rodgersia,
ligularia, painted fern, various jack-in-the-pulpits, goatsbeard, and more.
What's worse, these plants have to share their space with the air conditioning
Most of the flower action in the shade garden happens in spring - by mid-summer
it is a dense jungle of lush foliage (the photo above was taken in August).
We hope that the trees we've planted all across our property will give us
other opportunities to plant shade-loving perennials, but in the meantime, this
is where they get stashed. Maybe that's a good thing - at least now, I have to
"just say no" to shade perennials - there's simply no space...
A partial list of the plants growing in our shade garden
August 07, 2004