Category Archives: Shade Gardening

‘Gold Heart’

Last spring I purchased a new bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) called ‘Gold Heart’. It was discovered in England as a mutation of the common bleeding heart. The foliage is yellow or lime green but the flowers that appear in spring … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Tiarella ‘Sugar and Spice’

I didn’t know the first thing about foamflowers (Tiarella) when I purchased one last spring. One of my flowerbeds meanders under the canopy of a giant oak tree, and I needed something pretty for the front of that shady border. … Continue reading

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I Heart Bleeding Hearts

I love old-fashioned bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis). I have three of them that descended from a plant that grew in my grandma’s yard, and each year they get taller and more beautiful. The flowers bloom just when you need some … Continue reading

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It’s a Meadow Ruse

I’ve tried over and over again, but it’s just about impossible to get a decent photograph of my ‘Lavender Mist’ Meadow Rue plants (thalictrum rochebrunianum). I’ve tried all different angles, light conditions and times of day, but they’re having none … Continue reading

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Astilbes Galore

No offense against hostas, but I like a little color in my shade garden. Thankfully astilbes come to the rescue. Beauties like ‘Bridal Veil’ (pictured above) bloom for several weeks in the summer and give some life to the shade … Continue reading

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What’s Blooming: 6-10-08

I spotted some slugs this morning, so I’m shocked that my hostas remain intact. This is ‘Morning Light’: I bought a replacement ‘Coronation Gold’ achillea this spring and it’s in full bloom: This is the first flower for daylily ‘Night … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Yellow Corydalis

Yellow corydalis is an unusual perennial in that it grows well in full sun or full shade (in the shade the plant may stay a little smaller). It grows in zones 3-8 and appreciates moist, well-drained soil. Corydalis has ferny … Continue reading

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What’s Blooming: 6-9-08

It’s been very wet here in the last 10 days (above is our rain total from just Saturday and Sunday), so any blooms have been battered pretty hard by strong winds and downpours. However, there are a few tough plants … Continue reading

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Back from the Dead

I bought a ‘Japanese Painted Fern’ (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) last spring and planted it in a shady area under the canopy of one of my deciduous shrubs. It did fine until our moderate drought last June and July. I … Continue reading

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Dutchman’s Breeches

A few years ago my brother-in-law gave me some Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) plants that he dug up on his family’s farm. I planted them in the shade as he instructed and every year since I’ve been pleasantly surprised by … Continue reading

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