Sunday, November 3, 2013

Planted 3 November 2013 - 9 bulbs


5 / 7
This U.S heirloom has spires of lavender blue florets with yellow-green centers. It makes a stunning backdrop for perennial beds and naturalizing drifts in full to dappled sunlight. Bulb size: 14 cm/up. May/June. 24" to 30". HZ: 4-8.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

shade planting ideas

Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

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Buying Options - Japanese Painted Fern Item # 54296

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Evokes the shady tranquility of its native Oriental gardens. Lovely clumps 12-20" high with a spread of up to 36" have a weeping habit and exquisite foliage that appears “painted” with silver. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum

Zones: 3-7 - Shipped in 3" pot - Shade to Partial shade - Deer tend to avoid

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Botanical Name: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Form: Perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade
Height/Habit: 8 - 20", vase shaped
Spread: up to 36"
Spacing: 36"
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7 (-40 degrees F)
Foliage Type: Fine, lovely gray green foliage.
Flower Form: n/a
Flower Color: n/a
Planting Requirements: Set at the same level it is growing at in the growers pot. Firm and water in thoroughly.
Soil Requirements: Acid, humus enriched moisture retentive. Should not be allowed to dry out
Growth Rate: Moderate
Unique Characteristics: Known for its silver gray foliage with purple-red veins and stems with a weeping habit. The color is stronger with some light sun. Fine leaf texture. Deciduous.
Additional Information: 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year
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Poker Primrose

Poker Primrose

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In late spring, tiny tubular long-lasting flowers appear on numerous 12-15" spikes. Bright red buds open to fragrant, lilac-blue flowers. Blooms last six to eight weeks in midsummer and attract lots of butterflies. Handsome-toothed foliage. Space 8-12" apart. Primula vialii

Zones: 5-8 - Shipped in 3" pot - Shade to Partial shade - Deer tend to avoid

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Botanical Name: Primula vialii
Form: Perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade
Height/Habit: 12 - 24"
Spread: 8 - 12"
Spacing: 8 - 12"
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8 (-10 degrees F)
Foliage Type: Lance-shaped, toothed, soft, mid green leaves.
Flower Form: 3-6" dense, conical spikes of tubular 1/3" flowers on long stiff stems held above foliage.
Flower Color: Bright red in bud opens to pinkish lavender or blue flowers.
Flowering Date: Late spring
Planting Requirements: Requires dappled shade.
Soil Requirements: Moist humus garden soil.
Growth Rate: Moderate

White Feather Hosta

White Feather Hosta

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Watch this hosta closely! To start out, it exhibits brilliant white leaves. But over the course of weeks in summer, these gradually transform to an attractive green and cream color. This is a wholly unique hosta sure to attract lots of attention as it brings brightness to your full shade garden. Grows 1' high with a 24" spread. Lavender flowers appear in midsummer atop 20" high stalks. Does not tolerate afternoon sun. #1 field-grown plants. Hosta 'White Feather'

Zones: 3-9 - Full Shade

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Botanical Name: Hosta 'White Feather'
Form: harbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade
Height/Habit: foliage: 1 ft high and flowers up to 20" high
Spread: 24"
Spacing: 1.5 ft.
Hardiness Zone: zones 3-9
Foliage Type: Foliage is unique in color. It is white when opening and changes in the following weeks to greenish-white
Flower Form: Narrow funnel-shaped flowers on scapes up to 20" tall.
Flower Color: lavender
Flowering Date: Mid Summer
Planting Requirements: This variety must be planted in shade. It does not tolerate sun!
Soil Requirements: Well drained, humus rich garden soil.
Growth Rate: slow/moderate
Snow is still our major landscape feature but yesterday Julia and I started two kinds of marigolds and sunflowers and black hollyhocks.

Scientific name: Coreopsis species
How to grow: Coreopsis species are happy in almost any well-drained garden soil in full sun. They are drought-resistant and an outstanding choice for hot, difficult places. Deadheading and frequent division keep plants going strong.
Propagation: By division in spring or from seed.
Uses: Excellent for wild gardens, containers, and in garden beds, these flowers are also popular for cutting. The smaller types look great in hanging baskets and as edging plants.
Related species: Coreopsis grandiflora Sunray bears double golden-yellow flowers on two-foot stems. C. lanceolata Brown Eyes has big yellow daisies with brown splotches on plants over two feet tall. C. verticillata 

May 1 - front and side of the house

Friday, May 21, 2010


Extravagant floozies of orange and black. Tissue paper petals held fast with black pearls.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sunday, Mother's Day. I've asked for some shrubs -- I know hard to wrap. And I want to pick these out myself. I need a list to shop with.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Shade shrub ideas

Hydrangea macrophylla – Zones 5-11. Gorgeous ball-shaped clusters of flowers throughout the summer months and attractive winter seedheads make hydrangea shrubs a well-loved garden shrub for mixed borders, perennial beds and other garden situations. Hygrandea cultivars are available from 4-12' tall and with flowers in pink, blue, white or other colors making them a flexible choice for a part-shade garden spot. Hydrangea macrophylla is known as the “big leaf hydrangeas” and they provide large foliage and ornamental flowers in part shade to full shade gardens. See more about Growing Hydrangeas.

Kalmia latifolia – Zones 4-9. Mountain laurel shrubs are beautiful woodland native shrubs that do very well in part shade or dappled shade gardens. Broadleaf evergreen foliage and attractive late spring flowers are part of what this shade loving shrub has to offer a creative bed or border. Mountain Laurels are medium to large shrubs that grow anywhere from 5-15' tall and wide and make an ornamental evergreen backdrop for other perennials, shrubs and annuals. Mountain laurels need well-drained soil and do not perform well in clay soils but do well when given slightly acidic, well-drained and shady garden conditions.

Kerria japonica – Zones 4-9. A versatile shrub that only grows a few feet tall but spreads to 6' or more with dense, twiggy growth, Japanese kerrias are attractive year-round. These shrubs prefer afternoon sun but tolerate nearly full shade making them great choices for a shady border. Japanese kerrias are spring flowering shrubs and variegated forms are now available for season long beauty before the winter kills the foliage and just the architectural structure remains. Japanese kerria shrubs are ornamental flowering shrubs that prefer moderate to fertile soil and shady but well-drained areas.

Read more at Suite101: Flowering Shrubs for Shade: Large Plants for Shady Garden Areas