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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 5, 2010
6:46 PM

Post #7682768

Let's continue this thread as we enter a new spring season!

We came from here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/959311/

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 5, 2010
6:54 PM

Post #7682788

I'm first here!!!!!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 5, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #7682815

Very beautiful, doss! It's going to be a while before I have anything to post. Most of what I see right now in my shade garden is dirt. :)

Thanks for starting the new thread. I look forward to seeing everyone's shady spots.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2010
2:40 AM

Post #7683364

My shade garden doesnt look like much now. June will be the beautiful picture

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postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2010
7:03 AM

Post #7683767

marti, yes the Hardy Begonia will grow for you in a shady area. They readily reseed and come back up every year. Mildly aggressive spreader too. Are you ever up this way? I know you come to Campbellsville sometime. If you wait until later on in the year I can dig some up for you.

Doug
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 6, 2010
8:17 AM

Post #7683956

I'd love that. Just let me know when and I'm headed for Bardstown. I'll have to get a map. I get bored and than I'm looking to take a drive and check out the area, and I love just driving around.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2010
10:29 AM

Post #7684261

That is actually a very nice drive for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Should be about 1.5 - 2 hours.

Doug
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 6, 2010
2:06 PM

Post #7684710

Got it planned just need to know when. And Thank You!! We went for a drive today, don't know exactly were, someplace out by Eubanks and discovered a family owned business with greenhouses etc. They have some very reasonable prices and will be getting in some hydrangeas, hibiscus and fruit trees in another month. I HAVE TO GO BACK THERE AND SHOP!!!!!
I did buy two coleus, and 4 plants of Oxheart tomato and 4 plants of a purple tomato. Something new to try.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2010
6:19 PM

Post #7685288

Kentucky is a beautiful place to do those 'Sunday Afternoon Drives' any day of the week, especially this time of year. The Spring wildflowers are gorgeous. Get out of the car and walk...

Doug
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 6, 2010
6:38 PM

Post #7685343

You bet!! Plus they have Bloodroot growing wild on their property and said I can dig some the next time I come for a visit. I also left them with information on DG and other site. I'm going to take at least 1 day a week and just drive around and see some of Ky.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 8, 2010
8:26 AM

Post #7689117

doss - What variety of Japanese maple is in the photo? I've been pining for a new one but have to take climate zones into consideration.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2010
10:36 AM

Post #7689528

Both Japanese Maples are seedling maples and not a specific type. Both of these trees get full sun and wind and seedlings are the hardiest forms of Japanese Maples. I tried several cultivars here and they didn't make it. The only trouble with seedlings is that you don't know what you are going to get including how big. Here are two more in my yard. I have a lot of cultivars but even so these are some of my favorites, perhaps because they are so mature.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 8, 2010
3:54 PM

Post #7690215

Gorgeous trees! So many are hardy to zone 6 and I'm in a 5. I have one A. palmatum and it's never spawned any seedlings, probably because it's in almost full shade.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #7702399

I haven't had much time to check out the forums lately but thought I'd pop in quick.

Cindy, I planted 'Crimson Queen' (Acer dissectum) and 'Glowing Embers' (Acer palmatum) at my daughter's home in Maine last year, also Zone 5, and they both successfully made it through the winter! There are some which are reliably more hardy than others and if you check out the Japanese Maple forum there are some members there who could give you advice on what might succeed in your area :) Actually there's an old thread which lists varieties which made it through a Zone 5b winter: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/594350/ - hope this helps :)

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 13, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7702627

What a beautiful garden and a lovely porch to sit on warm days.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2010
1:29 AM

Post #7704244

Love the porch too.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2010
2:04 AM

Post #7704252

Thank you - I think the porch was what sold my daughter on the house :) They moved in last February and her father did some work on the porch in May and I arrived in June to do the landscaping. One long week working in the miserable rain but we were able to get everything accomplished in the plan I had been working on for months! This is what it looked like last spring before we got started...

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2010
2:06 AM

Post #7704254

I love Maine,my cousin lives in Rockland.
Is that a new house?
What a transformation!! Beautiful.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 14, 2010
6:56 AM

Post #7704677

rcn - nice to "see" you again. Thanks for the reference on the JMs. Every time I see one when I'm out and about, I crave it. There are some beautiful (and pricey) specimens at a local nursery but, the more they cost, the more insecure I become about successfully growing it. That transformation really added some personality.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #7706964

Michigan gardens just starting to wake up. My bleeding hearts are going to be huge this year wow. Love those in the spring... Hostas are appearing and primroses are out. AAAHHHH spring. Happy. Ronna

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2010
5:53 AM

Post #7706981

Gosh Ronna, you been hibernating?

Doug

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #7707440

North is North Dough. New York State doesnt gat spring until late. It seems to come just as suicide from the horrible endless winter seems to be a good idea.
Glad you have some signs fo spring Ronna
sanannie
White Lake, ON
(Zone 4b)

April 16, 2010
9:13 AM

Post #7709982

ge1836, I'd love to see that bed when everything is completly unfurled. I hope you will post a pic at that time.

rcn, I'm once again in awe at the transformation you pulled off at your daughter's house. The before picture certainly tells the tale.

I sure do enjoy looking at everyone's pics. When things wake up a bit more here, I must get out the camera and join the fun on this thread.

Sandy
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2010
7:15 AM

Post #7717733

Mayapples I planted last year. They are not native here. I used to have them in the woods where I lived as a child. So glad to have them back.
Aquilegia Clementine Blue from seed. Lost the name of the phlox. Underneath Quercus frainetto. I'll do more work on design later. I'm mainly at the nursing stage here. :-)

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
8:38 AM

Post #7717970

Very nice Blue selection.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2010
8:55 AM

Post #7718032

Found the name: Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 19, 2010
4:37 PM

Post #7719182

Oooo - a P. divaricata that I don't have. I have other named varieties but a lot of them have "spawned" and I have a lot of blue ones that have naturalized. Who's carrying 'Blue Moon'?

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #7719395

Hey killdawabbit, according the USDA; Mayapples are native to your area.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Tennessee&statefips=47&symbol=PODOP

Doug
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2010
3:24 AM

Post #7720240

Sorry, been away for a few days! JoAnn, yes the house was new - I'm pleased from my daughter's reports it looks like almost everything we planted made it through its first winter :) I'm heading north again in June and can't wait to see what it looks like this year!

Cindy, good to "see" you again too! I was so busy over the winter that I hadn't been posting much but I'm trying to catch up. Good luck finding a Japanese Maple that's a match for your zone :)

Sandy!!!! Any plans to travel to Richmond this year? I've got a new area I just planted, hope to have it completed by the end of the week and should be posting pictures soon.

killdawabbit, the color of your 'Blue Moon' is lovely! We have a lot of Mayapple growing in our woods and I've been looking at some that are fairly close and trying to decide where I'd like to plant them in the gardens.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2010
3:47 AM

Post #7720266

Hey Doug. Technically they are native...out there in the woods somewhere. I meant on my property. I should have clarified that. Sorry. I am hoping these will naturalize in my garden. Does anyone know if that's possible?
I bought the Phlox at a local garden center about 3 years ago.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2010
7:59 AM

Post #7720750

Yes they should naturalize there. I planted some dormant roots last fall and they are already beginning to spread a little.

Doug
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 20, 2010
8:47 AM

Post #7720871

Cool :-)
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2010
10:34 AM

Post #7745418

Hosta Blue Angel, Alchemilla mollis, Geranium sanguineum (lost variety name-Striata?), Heuchera Snow Angel underneath Quercus alba.
The hosta I bought as Blue Angel but I'm not sure it was correctly identified.
Still working on design.

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2010
11:44 AM

Post #7745583

How's this for naturlizing? This is a picture I took just down the road from my house. There is a nature walk area protected by the Corp of Engineers. It's a great place for a walk on a wooden pathway thru the area. You also see Trilliums, wild violets, special trees and other interesting plants.

I posted pictures of my walk there on General discussion forum. Check it out!!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2010
12:29 PM

Post #7745682

nice
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 28, 2010
8:20 PM

Post #7747130

Very nice, Marti. I wonder how long it will take for my lonely little plant to do that?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2010
2:44 AM

Post #7747461

Just planted 5 giant hostas here, on the far left. Needless to say this is open for inspiration right now.

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #7748042

That's a nice start. Great potential. Are the hostas the same variety or are you going for eclectic? I could think of probably a couple of dozen different groundcovers for that area.
What are the cages for? What are the trees?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2010
7:58 AM

Post #7748064

The hastas are all dif. giants
Blue Mammoth
Drinking Gourd
Elegans
and the bonus was Great Arrival
There are tall astilbes at the back and a Rheinland in the front.I am planning pink and white Impatiens and Caladiums in there until I can think of perennials.I am seeing a low spreading evergreen of some sort at the edge but not definate yet.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

April 30, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #7750892

ge - Nice color scheme going there. Re: evergreen - what about some of the small evergreen azaleas? Or do you want a conifer? I always wanted to try Microbiota decussata because it's supposed to take shade but have never gotten around to it.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2010
8:06 AM

Post #7751003

I hadnt thought of thet ,its a great idea. I will keep it in my garden notes thanks.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #7755271

Cindy, I've tried microbiota a couple times and it has failed miserably.
I don't think it enjoys our heat / humidity.
I'd be interested to see if you have any better success in Indiana.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 2, 2010
8:32 AM

Post #7756820

Ohhh - I'm still a way from actually buying one and planting it. I had thought that it might be a candidate for the replacing the contractor foundation planting in the front of my house since I have a shady front yard. Still have never planned out a new design. And the thought of tearing out 3 30-year old yews and some other poodle-shaped 6+ ft tall monster is daunting.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2010
8:49 AM

Post #7756868

Love "poodle shaped". Some of us call them "green meatballs". Quite unnatural!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 2, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7757659

I actually feel sorry for the poor thing.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #7761517

Oh the gardens are really waking up now and looking so beautiful this year!!! New trilliums are open. Hostas almost up. And of course looking geourgeous... Very colorful spring in my shade garden. Will try to take a few photos. Ronna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2010
1:59 AM

Post #7762409

Its been a wonderful spring,lots of hope for summer lilies,annuals etc.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 4, 2010
6:41 AM

Post #7762816

Some of the shrubs have been blooming outrageously - maybe due to all of the wet, cool weather last summer? I have one azalea that's literally covered in flowers and it's been in my garden for 12 years or more but has never bloomed like this. I am curious to see if everything else is going to bloom so well.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2010
6:43 AM

Post #7762820

Things are popping up here
http://picasaweb.google.com/jgentle4/GardensMay4SomeFerns
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2010
8:04 AM

Post #7763067

Cindy - same with one of my azaleas. It's never been so loaded with flowers.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2010
8:52 AM

Post #7763179

Not very inspirational yet, but I thought I'd share my new shade garden, filled with hellebores, an astilbe, bleeding hears ('Gold Heart', the yellow-leaved variety), some violas I started from seed, hardy geraniums and, of course, some of my favorite hostas. All are brand new plants, so they're small and spaced far apart, but given time I'm sure they'll look nice and lush. How can they not do well with our guardian dragon keeping watch?

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 4, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #7763531

ge - Irises already? That's another thing that's going to go gangbusters for me is Irises. I don't think they'll bloom until next week yet but I've already put the plant supports in place for them (ahead of them for once).
Kayly - All of the different textures and foliage colors are going to look great! What do you use for mulch? Almost looks like cocoa bean hulls.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2010
2:53 PM

Post #7764127

Ge- that link won't open for me...I'll try again later.

Kayly, that's looking great. I love the color of your house, too, and how it will contrast with everything.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #7764452

ge - It's so nice to see your tulips and irises and hostas. Lovely colors!

Cindy, you guessed it--that's cocoa bean hulls. I thought I'd give it a try in this small area. It gets some morning sun and good air circulation, so I'm hoping it won't develop mold, which I've heard can be an issue with this mulch. Also, my dogs are fenced in the backyard, and this is in the front, so I'm not worried about them eating it and potentially getting sick.

Noreaster, thanks for the compliment! I like the color of my house, too. That color is just on the wood screened porch, and the rest of the house is built using a special brick from the Milwaukee area called Cream City Brick (in part because of its creamy color).My house is an 1890 Victorian farmhouse.
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #7765118

a walk thru my forest this morning

Dick

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Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 4, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #7765121

close up

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2010
9:44 PM

Post #7765359

I have dwarf iris, not tall beardeds.Everyones beds look great.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2010
3:46 AM

Post #7765550

DIck, your podophyllum looks lush and vigorous! Spotty Dotty? Kaleidoscope?
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 5, 2010
7:39 AM

Post #7766057

Kayly - you're right about the mold. I tried it several years back in the front of my house but I'm thinking it's too shady and it developed mold. Your spot is much more open with better circulation. Doesn't it smell wonderful?
Dick - I like the natural look of your space.
My little blue crested iris are blooming now. The German bearded will bloom next week.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2010
8:25 AM

Post #7766171

Thanks for your help everyone. I planted the Giant Hosta garden with grasss and transplanted some small hostas and Heuchera PlumPudding.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 5, 2010
12:18 PM

Post #7766784

Golly ge - you don't mess around. Your plant placement is really going to show off the foliage colors. One of my favorite foliage color combos.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2010
1:15 PM

Post #7766947

I even have room for more lilies.
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7767125

Robin
the large one is Spotty Dotty
just to the right of it under the Arisaema are the still young Kaleidoscopes

Dick

katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2010
4:08 PM

Post #7767377

Oh, you have them both. Lucky man. I'll have to look at your picture again.

I had a small Kaleidoscope at one time, but didn't see it up this year.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2010
8:36 PM

Post #7768255

Heuchera Amethyst Myst, Digitalis purpurea, Hosta Grand Tiara and Bressingham Blue underneath Quercus macrocarpa x virginiana.

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 5, 2010
8:54 PM

Post #7768293

l to r: Geranium sanguineum striatum, Aquilegia Origami Yellow (from seed), Heuchera Chocolate Veil, Hemerocallis Brocaded Gown, Heuchera Snow Angel, Geranium macrorhizum Alba, Hosta August Moon under Water Oak. Schizophragma hydrangeoides Moonlight on tree. Miscellaneous rhododendrons in background finishing bloom.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2010
1:09 AM

Post #7768555

I had 3 Origamies bought last year. They didnt come back. I was so bummed out. I had heard they are hard to keep.
Nice gardens.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2010
3:44 AM

Post #7768638

Dick, I have two variegated podophyllums, but each still just sports 2 or 3 leaves,
despite being ~5yrs old.
They seem healthy, but invariably a leaf gets broken, or eaten by some varmint,
which takes out half the plant, so they never seem to get beyond their current size.
Seeing yours gives me hope that they may fill in some day.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2010
3:53 AM

Post #7768649

Oops, didn't attach the picture.
Here's one of my podophyllum's getting ready to bloom from last year.

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2010
5:58 AM

Post #7768837

killdawabbit, I just bought 'Grand Tiara' for my garden. It sure is a lovely hosta. I like all of the Tiara hostas. You have some very pretty spots there!
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7769021

Thanks, Kayly.
ge, My original Origami didn't come back. These seedlings I raised last spring and planted last fall. So I don't know if they will return. I guess I will save seed again just in case.
I love the tiaras too. I also have emerald and diamond.
I love those mayapples. I ordered one a couple of weeks ago but I have forgotten which variety. It is a mottled form.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 6, 2010
7:06 AM

Post #7769023

Beautiful podophyllum! And here I thought they only bloomed in white.
ge - Sorry to hear about 'Origami' - I had it on my "want" list but you mentioned that they're difficult to keep. I like my little 'Corbett' but it's not vigorous for me at all and I hold my breath each spring.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2010
12:20 PM

Post #7769791

Hosta Francee, Rhododendron Mary Fleming, Heuchera Purple Petticoats.

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2010
11:23 AM

Post #7772580

Okay everyone! I am going to start a part shade rock garden what is a good fit for this? I will try to take a picture of it... I really am not to much of a fan of sedums and things. I got three awsome rocks from the side of a road. T stand or sit on there sides. But can you pretty much put what ever you want in them? Your own designs? Just want some info on them/. Thanks Ronna
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 7, 2010
11:32 AM

Post #7772620

YIPPEE glad this thread is continuing into a new season.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2010
12:02 PM

Post #7772693

Ronna, you could do mini hosta in a rock garden setting...or some smaller heuchera would be nice too. I know you don't like sedum, but one of my favorite things is sedum ternatum, which grows and flowers in the shade...I have many areas about to be covered with little starry white flowers, and I really love it. I'll take a pic in a few days.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2010
4:21 PM

Post #7773321

Here's a wide view of one of my garden beds from today.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #7773341

Very nice layout
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2010
4:52 PM

Post #7773398

Love that brick wall. What's the greenery at lower right, just above the brick wall?
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 7, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #7773437

Convalaria?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2010
5:17 PM

Post #7773484

If so that must just smell like heaven. It's such a lovely setting and to be scented, too, is just grand.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #7773520

Yes, it's all Lily of the Valley. I removed a ton in previous years, and this year, and I STILL have a ton! I wonder who planted it originally and when...it's certainly happy where it is. I caught the scent for the first time today, Pirl, and it is lovely.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 7, 2010
5:29 PM

Post #7773527

I don't think my nose is in tune with lily of the valley. I cut a small bouquet the other day, put it on my kitchen window above the sink and still can't smell it. It is pretty this time of year though.
Noreaster - more rock envy on my part. Nice setting and must be stunning when everything unfurls.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #7773550

Thanks, Cindy. I'll post more pics later in the season. I'm actually a little freaked out by the growth of things this year...I like to be able to walk around things as I do my slug rounds at night but I think some of the hosta have gotten so big that it is going to be hard to do that. All that rain last summer must have given everything a major boost.

Here is the only one that didn't really grow- Big Daddy. Interestingly, the varigated Solomon's Seal behind it did get much taller this year...I thought that kind was supposed to stay relatively low.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7773623

Mine is 18" tall. I had sent some to a DG person and she wanted the height so I measured. I'd have guessed they were taller but mine are in a dry spot.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 7, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #7773869

My Solomon Seal is HUGE this year. Big Daddy grew pretty big for me last year and he looks to be well on his way this year. He's not quite as big as the one you've pictured, though.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2010
3:54 AM

Post #7774481

Noreaster your garden is so beautiful!!! Thanks for the name of a shade sedum I will have to look into that. Not a huge fan of the sedum but will need some color. My varagated Japenese solomon seals are huge this year also. The smaller ones I found in the woods are so cute. With all this rain we have been having everything is so huge!!! My Parhelion hosta is so pretty and large this year so is Solar Eclipse. Planted both last year. I am with you on the lily of the valley. They are so hard to get rid of!!! gggrrrr. One of those things I planted and wished I never did! They smell wonderful. I have some planted along my driveway they smell heavenly. Ronna
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2010
8:22 AM

Post #7775018

I planted the 'striped' version of lily of the valley this year.
It was advertised as being less aggressive a spreader.
Does anyone know of it's spreading habit? Will I regret planting it?
The variegation is pretty.

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #7775947

I don't know...I somehow having stripes makes it less aggressive! My LOTV is a nightmare to remove because whoever put it there didn't really have a garden...they just stuck it in the ground. Well that ground has lots and lots and lots of rocks in the soil. So it's not like I can just stick a shovel in some nice garden soil and pull the stuff out. I have to use a pickaxe to loosen the compacted dirt and rocks to try to free the roots. But of course they are firmly entrenched, and deep. What I've done in this bed is dig as a deep a trench as I could around the LOTV, then buried a plastic garden edging to hopefully act as a barrier. So far it seems to keep it from inching over where I don't want it. It will always be a chore to manage it, but way more of a chore to get rid of it entirely.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2010
7:35 PM

Post #7862346

Misty Lacy Aruncus is in full bloom right now...and really big this year!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2010
2:15 AM

Post #7863010

I have an Aruncus that has to be cut back.Its over 5 feet tall and about to bloom.Its at least that wide too.Yours looks great in the shade,something wonderful about light colored flowers in shade.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 6, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #7863554

noreaster - What a beautiful show! I planted a 'Misty Lace' last year and it put on a decent show this year. It still has a ways to go before reaching the size of your's. I had species Aruncus for years but had planted it in the wrong place. It languished year after year without blooming. I ended up losing 2 out of 3 plants and moved the survivor to a different bed that now contains 'Misty Lace'. The change in that survivor is encouraging since it bloomed this year although not as showy as 'Misty Lace'. I think Aruncus is one of those plants that does need to be sited correctly in half-way decent soil.
ge - I can't imagine mine getting that big. What's your secret?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2010
9:25 AM

Post #7863677

I dont think mine is MistyLace,just GoatsBeard.They get huge.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 6, 2010
2:00 PM

Post #7864456

ge - Nice contrast of the goats beard flowers with the lily foliage.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2010
3:51 PM

Post #7864711

I brought it from my old house.Sometimes I just fall into a good combo.We all get a thrill out of a casual mistake that turns out good.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 7, 2010
7:04 AM

Post #7866287

I can rarely take credit for having actually "planned" a good combo. Some of the best ones in my gardens are "coincidentals". They turn out far better than the intentional ones. Campanula poscharskyana blooming blue right now with my "hak" grass behind it, backed up by columbine 'Yellow Star' with Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' with chartreuse buds opening in pale blue. Last week it was my only Japanese maple 'Atropupureum' underplanted with Geranium 'Spessart' - the pale pink of the Geranium accented by the burgundy maple leaves. My first "accident" was Monarda 'Mahogany' with daylily 'Raspberry Pixie' - both blooming the same color at the same time in my garden.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2010
7:14 AM

Post #7866310

A visiter

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 7, 2010
7:21 AM

Post #7866321

Nice shot. Still fascinating after years of seeing them.
Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 7, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7866501

from this week

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2010
8:42 AM

Post #7866586

stunning when you come uppon them.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2010
4:11 AM

Post #7868974

Here is my favorite spot in the shadier part of the yard! Goats bear is huge, oakleaf hydrangea, perennial geraniums, cherry bells ground cover, a couple honeybelles... my favorite hostas and a unknown blue hosta. Much more I am sure. Ronna

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2010
4:36 AM

Post #7869024

very nice. I am waiting for caladiums to come up in my shade garden for annuals.Its in front of the woodpile so I didnt want SIL tramping on it all winter.
Calads were planted 3 weeks ago.Many in pots are up.
I love Goats Beard.Yours is really nice.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #7869106

here is a shot of my shade garden,just got it done I had planted it last summer,finished the edging and mulched it,i have hostas ,bleeding hearts ,astilbes,fall crocus, goldie locks,dead nettle,archangel,veronica repens,sedum album,potentilla verna,I have a few annuals tossed in the upperbed,

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2010
5:28 AM

Post #7869113

astilbes blooming,they are soo pretty

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2010
5:30 AM

Post #7869121

I just love them backlit in early morning or late evening.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #7869140

Good eye,late evening,thank you...
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 8, 2010
8:45 AM

Post #7869635

They are aglow. Beautiful!

At this angle the slope is scary. How do you mow that grass?
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2010
10:30 AM

Post #7869885

now this side is a challenge,we mow very carefully it is very steep,dH has only rolled the tractor 1 time ,I have never lost it yet !!!

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #7870186

Yikes! Must be scary flipping a tractor. My old house had a fairly steep front yard (although not as steep as yours) and I wouldn't let anyone else mow because I felt I was the only one who had the knack for mowing without killing myself or the John Deere. Plus, my husband always missed spots. ;)

Those astilbes are gorgeous. Mine are blooming, too, although I don't have a photo yet (and it's raining today, so that's not going to happen.) This is the first year I've ever been able to grow astilbes and get them to bloom. They've always died before, or the chipmunk has eaten them. (I can tell you that our chipmunks LOVE astilbes. They also love toad lily buds, so I haven't seen those in a couple of years, either.) This year, FINALLY, I have blooms. Yay!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2010
1:12 PM

Post #7870286

Gorgeous, huggergirl. Love the garden, the plants, the porch and the property.
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 8, 2010
1:27 PM

Post #7870312

I got an astilbe at the last RU which is doing extremely well. The ones I bought before either died or struggling. I always thought that it was the oaks draining all the water out. Now I am suspecting that
it's a proven winner plants that do well. None of the plants I got at the RU struggle.
I will not be fooled by pictures anymore, I think ;)

hugger, from this angle the slope is even more intimidating, but the house setting is gorgeous!
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2010
5:58 PM

Post #7870983

Strever, I know I'm supposed to be focusing on the arisaema, but I still LOVE your podophyllums.
In full splendid bloom! I'm jealous! Mine are puny in comparison.
Mine are 4-5 years old now, so hopefully they'll start strutting their stuff pretty soon.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2010
4:21 AM

Post #7871755

i have boat loads of stupid chipmunks,and they are eating all my sunflower seed that I have planted ,ive never had them bother my astilbes, and they better not !!!! looks like Ive got 1 sun flower coming up ,Have never had this happen before and ive always had chipmunks...AHH yes kayly we dont let anyone mow here either,way too dangerous.The dh Rolled the tractor the 1st yr he was retired,he was not used to mowing at all ,I always had mowed the lawn,he still scares me!!!!! I just dont watch anymore...And he actually does a nice job now ,boy when he first took over,it was awful,i kept saying yes it looks nice ,thank you for mowing,while inside Iwas ohhh you have no idea how to mow!!!! Much better now,I dont grit my teeth anymore...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #7871770

This mornings pix
Backhouse martagon lilies

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #7871771

.Goats beard and Buff Pixi lilies

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2010
4:35 AM

Post #7871774

.Shade garden combo
Campanula Porch! Blue Falls
Fern,Tree Peony
GF's sculpture

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2010
5:00 AM

Post #7871797

huggergirl love the new garden! People love to squeeze in a shade garden where ever they can! Hostas growing in the smalllest amount of shade. My yard is almost all shade so I get kinda upset when I can not grow more sun perennials. But you got what you got right? Make the most of it. I am currently working on the front yard with a bunch of rocks and less plantings. So far so goo. Have some new swapping goats bears! Mini ones. Really like them alot... Starting to blossom now. Have a great day everyone. Ronna
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 9, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #7872031

ge,love the martagon lilys,Iam thinking id better get me some ..!!! i have a bit of shade too,in different areas.We do get a lot more sun on the west now as we have cut down 2 trees in the past 2 yrs,sadly but really needed to,a black walnut,trunk measured 66 in around and 20 + long with no branches,couldnt even sell the log,because it was in a yard..But too close to the house hung over the 1st story and 2nd,filled the gutters ,the other was a wild black cherry,that also was a very dirty tree that hung heavy over the house,my veg.garden was getting no sun anymore,with woods on the east.Large trees on the west
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 9, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #7872050

ge, thank you for posting lovely plant paring pictures. I did not know tree peonies could grow in the shade.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2010
7:24 AM

Post #7872108

The TP's like some sun. This area gets sun late afternoon
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 9, 2010
7:48 AM

Post #7872197

ge - tell me more about the martagon lilies. I've always been fascinated by them. I have 'Blue Falls' as well, cascading over a retaining wall. They're blooming great this year.
huggergirl - we have to make a decision soon about taking out a couple of trees. Really hating to do it as I can tell that the original owner of our house tried to keep as many native trees as possible during the building. Have one large oak by our back patio that has a lot of dead wood on it - more dead than live I'm afraid. And then there's the oak that really had to stretch for the sun as it grew and is leaning pretty far over the utility wires. I'll really have to talk DH into the $$.
Have chipmunks too and they usually get their fill of seed under the bird feeder. They do tend to dig a little when I plant something new so have to keep any eye on new additions for a week or so.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 9, 2010
7:52 AM

Post #7872216

I bought BackHouse on Brent and Beckys.Thats all I know about them.They were a height I needed for that spot.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 9, 2010
8:03 AM

Post #7872251

I love the height.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 11, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #7878531

ge... Are the martagon lilies for part shade? I looked into them once and really loved them but there was a reason why I did not purchase them. Very beautiful. All my other lily bulbs do great where I have them. Geourgeouse actually this year! Ronna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
9:26 AM

Post #7878580

Mine are in Sun in the AM and mid afternoon,if that is considered part shade.I never checked to see if they require full sun.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 11, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #7878815

Is it a zonal thing that I haven't gotten these in the past?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
10:51 AM

Post #7878991

Check plant files to see zone And sun.I think they are good in part shade to full sun
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7879438

A random assortment of what's in bloom today in my shady yard.
First up, hydrangea serrata.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #7879443

Bletilla striata.
It's hard to get a good picture, since flowers face down.

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
2:05 PM

Post #7879453

Kaffir lily

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
2:07 PM

Post #7879455

Another hydrangea serrata

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2010
2:10 PM

Post #7879462

Finally a deinanthe caerulea.
Another aggravating down-facing flower.
My wife was amused watching me try to take the picture.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 11, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7880004

There you go again, Weerobin - making us all covet more plants. :)
Do those Hydrangeas have double flowers?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2010
4:28 AM

Post #7881056

I just love the Campanula Porchenskyia Blue Falls.I will try to put some in a planter.Its growing here into a Hosta

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2010
4:29 AM

Post #7881059

This is Camp BlueFalls with Coleus Kingwood Karnival

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #7881193

Hi, Cindy.
I like the serrata hydrangeas because they're usually a little smaller and have finer texture to leaves and flowers. They come in a whole host of cultivars like bigleaf hydrangea, including double-flowered varieties. The purple one pictured above is called Purple Tiers and the white one is Shirofugi.
I've got some single ones also, but they're not as far along, for some reason.
Here's a single one which starts out perfectly white, but the flowers last for weeks and weeks,
and as they age, they gradually turn pink then red on the outsides. This is from last summer.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 12, 2010
11:54 AM

Post #7882019

Oh - that one is another cutie! In general, are some the double flower buds hardy enough to zone 5 or bloom on new wood? I'm thinking H. serrata's bloom new wood? I could conceivably have a spot for a new Hydrangea after tearing out some lily of the valley and wintercreeper and building a small retaining wall.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:00 AM

Post #7889752

I've been working on a project that started three years ago and just now realized after catching up on all the posts that I wanted to include some Mayapples in the planting! Thankfully I've still got room, now I just have to hope they're not completely dormant so I can find them to dig :( Now, let's see if I can catch up on this thread!

Cindy, have you bought Microbiota decussata yet? I've wanted this for a long time and it's hard to find! Like Weerobin, I'm not sure how it's going to perform here but I've got a cool, shady spot that should work and the nursery in Maine I'm going to be visiting in a couple of weeks supposedly has it :)

Dick, love the "walk through your forest" :) I've got two Podophyllums in the gardens. I supposedly bought Kaleidoscope AND Spotty Dotty but I suspect the vendor got them mixed up because they both look alike :( I need to move one of them because this year it's only sent up one small leaf and obviously isn't happy!

killdawabbit Lovely gardens! I've got one Schizophragma 'Moonlight' planted that's finally taking off this year and getting ready to plant another. I foolishly planted Wisteria 'Amethyst Falls' to climb up the copper arbor I finally finished but it's in way too much shade so I'm going to replace it with 'Moonlight'.

ge1836Your new Giant Hosta garden is wonderful and the contrasting colors of foliage look great :) I'm always looking for gold and burgundy to brighten up the garden! After seeing the pictures of your Martagon Lilies I had to go looking for mine. Last year they were blooming around the end of May but I didn't see any blooms this year? I thought I had lost them but they're still there just suffering, only about 6" tall :( I suspect the moles/voles who hang out in that area may have something to do with it and I'm going to move them so I won't lose them entirely! I love seeing the pictures of your Goat's Beard - just planted this on a slope and hope it looks as nice as yours in another year.

Noreaster I never tire of looking at your gardens :) My Misty Lace Aruncus has grown a lot and was beautiful this year too but I didn't even take the time to get pictures!

Weerobin This must be a good year for Hydrangeas! The selections we have of Hydrangea serrata in the gardens are finally looking gorgeous this year. We have a pink one similar to yours and it was a weak plant to begin with but we've finally got a few blooms this year. I love your white one!

I've been having problems with my camera this spring and haven't taken many pictures but I have a few to share. Here's one of Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird' blooming. From our front door this one almost looks fluorescent along the driveway!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:15 AM

Post #7889761

I really love the lacecaps.Yours is in just the right place.Great looking garden.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:15 AM

Post #7889762

I wish I had taken this picture the week before - this was a beautiful Arisaema tortuosum :( At almost 4' tall it was spectacular but DH was pruning a few limbs in the area and broke the flower off and almost snapped the whole plant!

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:18 AM

Post #7889766

ge, I knew you'd be hanging out early here :) LOL I've got more to share but I'll probably run out of time this morning!

Right next to the A. tortuosum is Arisaema consanguineum - thankfully it was just emerging when DH was cutting the limbs so this one didn't receive any damage.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:21 AM

Post #7889769

It's really hard to capture in a photo but the foliage has long, thin "tails" that extend over a foot! Hopefully you can see them a little better in this shot.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:27 AM

Post #7889773

I've got some pictures of the gardens I've been working on this spring but not enough time to post all of them this morning. I'll be back tomorrow morning to post them but in the meantime I'll leave you with these to give you a morning chuckle. I had posed a question on the Water Gardening forum because I have a "pest" who keeps taking a dip in the little pond I put in the gardens last spring. See anything in this picture that shouldn't be there?

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:29 AM

Post #7889776

Why do they just LOVE the center of a plant?
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
2:32 AM

Post #7889778

She's been taking regular dips in the pond this spring and I was never able to get a picture. I was taking pictures Sunday morning when the "pest" returned to take a dip after running through the field - Lucy!!! I tried to discourage her earlier in the spring but this is one of her favorite places to cool off. There used to be a gorgeous clump of Maidenhair Ferns along the edge but she's trampled them :(

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
4:03 AM

Post #7889847

For some reason I thought she ws a cat.
She found a nice bed.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 15, 2010
6:53 AM

Post #7890154

rcn - No, haven't gone for the M. decussata yet. I'd have to tear out the 30-year old yews first in the front of the house. I wonder if I'll ever get to that project. Don't even have a plan on what to plant there. Would definitely have to bring in fresh soil since the area is full of roots and build a short retaining wall to replace timbers.
Beautiful Arisaema!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 15, 2010
6:59 AM

Post #7890171

I did hear a Ken Druse podcast over the weekend about gold foliage, one of things I really rely on for brightening shady areas. You can go to his website - http://www.kendruse.typepad.com/ - and get a list of some great plants.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2010
7:01 AM

Post #7890176

Too sweet,cant blame her it looks inviting...Iam waiting to stain my new birdbath,Willie decided it was a good spot for birdwatching on the porch

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2010
7:04 AM

Post #7890182

Ive been trying to introduce new color to my shade areas,thanks for the link
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #7891951

Cindy, I tore out our yews a couple years ago and it wasn't that bad. And I'm glad I did it!

RCN, that is the cutest pic of Lucy in the pond! How could you ever discourage her when you know she must just love it. Thanks so much for the recommendation last year for 'Misty Lace'. I really love it and it's nice to have something bloom so early. You always know about all the cool plants!

Willie in the birdbath is adorable, too!


This pic is from the other day, in the rain. It's one of my favorite combos in the garden. That grass never seems to grow, but that's actually fine with me...getting kind of crowed in there anyway.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2010
4:07 AM

Post #7892720

Noreaster ,Beautiful area you have there ,hostas ,astilbes,coralbells . i missed out on some hostas at the r-up,Ive never been into them ,well now Iam seeing them in a different light ,now I want more...
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2010
4:15 AM

Post #7892732

huggergirl, Willie looks just like Lucky and I love that birdbath! If you're now seeing Hostas in a "different light", look out it doesn't take long to join the ranks of a Hostaholic :)

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2010
4:16 AM

Post #7892734

Noreaster, what's the Heuchera in the bottom right corner of your photo?
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2010
5:34 AM

Post #7892930

It's Dolce Peach Melba. I have it in several spots. It doesn't really thrive in my garden, but it does the best in the spot in the above picture, which is bright shade with some dappled sun all day.

CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 16, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #7893146

Noreaster - nice color variations in that photo. Who needs flowers? (Just kidding)
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 16, 2010
7:00 AM

Post #7893187

rcn - Your 'Bluebird' looks like my 'Blue Billow' from Digging Dog.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 16, 2010
7:03 AM

Post #7893198

And 'Endless Summer' finally shows some color this year after giving it a bit of super phosphate last year. Sorry for the foggy photo - humid air meets cool lens.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2010
1:17 PM

Post #7894307

cindy,I have glowing embers , I need to get iron sulfate I have yellowing leaves,cold wet spring.What does phosphate do for them ,and what form did you use ????
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 16, 2010
4:05 PM

Post #7894712

I used a little super phosphate - you don't need much. Highly recommended on another thread last year to encourage blooming. Maybe Snapple suggested it? I think there's also triple phosphate but don't know the difference. Anyway, turns 'Endless Disappointment' into 'Endless Summer'. You should be able to find it just about any garden center.
quiltjean
North Chelmsford, MA
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2010
5:12 PM

Post #7894858

Whoever called them campanula "porch", I love it. I have them and they are well behaved, increasing just a bit each year.
Weerobin and Noreaster, I envy your gardens. Mine is pretty much a tangle, tho the early daylilies (Eenie Weenie, Happy Returns and good ol' Stella) are out, and--I am so excited--my Canada lilies are almost out! Canada 3, Lily beetles 0.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2010
2:31 AM

Post #7895933

Noreaster, thanks for the ID! I think we've got Peach Melba in a spot of the gardens but not sure if it's still living. I'd have to check for tags, for all I know it's Crme Brl since they both looked alike to me! For some reason the only one from the Dolce series that did well here was 'Licorice'.

Cindy, we've got 'Blue Billow' in another area of the gardens and I can't tell the difference :)

I had hoped to post pictures of my new shade garden this morning but when I tried something was amiss with DG and I kept getting an SQL error? Running out of time this morning so I'll try to post them tomorrow and hopefully have some of the other Shade Garden I've been working on as well!

CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 17, 2010
6:38 AM

Post #7896294

Ooo - looking forward to more new shade garden photos.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2010
1:18 PM

Post #7897271

[quote="CindyMzone5"]I used a little super phosphate - you don't need much. Highly recommended on another thread last year to encourage blooming. Maybe Snapple suggested it? I think there's also triple phosphate but don't know the difference. Anyway, turns 'Endless Disappointment' into 'Endless Summer'. You should be able to find it just about any garden center.[/quote]

Wish I'd known this when I had 'Endless Bummer'...er, I mean 'Endless Summer'...in my old garden. It bloomed pink the first year, which was fine by me, and then never bloomed again. Kind of turned me off to mophead hydrangeas.

rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:16 AM

Post #7898591

I was hoping to have more pictures to show you the area I just finished planting which connects to this area but I was busy weeding yesterday and didn't take the time to grab my camera. I'll start with what I got accomplished the end of May and as soon as I have the other photos I'll post them. This is an area which has been an ongoing project for almost three years! When I started in the fall of 2007 it looked like this, a fairly steep slope from the walk around our pond.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:22 AM

Post #7898593

Some of you might have seen these pictures before but it will give you an idea of how the plan progressed :) By late October I had started on steps to go down the slope and installed the Arbor at the top. I ran into problems with the second half of the steps and the project went unfinished until last fall.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:29 AM

Post #7898595

Two years later I was finally determined to get the steps finished and start planting! It took a lot of work to dig deeper than I had originally anticipated to get the steps level and by the time I was ready to plant the fall rains arrived. I did manage to get a few Conifers transplanted but the slope was too wet to continue with any planting before winter :(

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:36 AM

Post #7898600

After a miserable winter with more snow than we've had in years the wet slope was still preventing me from getting an early start this spring :( I worked on other projects until I had time to tackle this area and finally the last week in May was able to get started! The most difficult part was hauling rocks and using them to terrace the slope for planting. Then I had to dig even deeper to level the path from the steps and get started on laying stone and pavers. The only thing I have left to do is add a few more plants to finish the right side, work out a plan for the planting to connect the gardens I'm working on now on the left and get it all mulched!

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:37 AM

Post #7898601

Another view...

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:42 AM

Post #7898604

This area is perfect for most "shady" plants - a few hours of morning sun and then it's protected from the hot afternoon sun. A closer look at the right side.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:42 AM

Post #7898606

And the left side.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:43 AM

Post #7898609

While collecting rocks for the slope I found two with flat tops which worked perfectly for several "objects" I wanted to place in the gardens. First a cat that I could never find a good spot for.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:44 AM

Post #7898610

And this small stone birdbath that I had hoped to find a spot for in these gardens.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:49 AM

Post #7898614

As soon as I complete the rest of the planting I'll be off and running to plant the "extension" from the walk which will transform from the shady planting into a sunny, drought tolerant planting! Then I'll have an extensive project to connect the "loop" between the steps and the area of my Sitting Deck. It took me a few years to get this area done but I'm hoping the "loop" will be done by next year!

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:55 AM

Post #7898617

I don't really have any good photos of this area but this is one of the projects I was working on earlier this spring while I was waiting to get started on the slope. I had a couple of chairs I wanted to place under our deck to sit in the shade but the small planting there had suffered over the years and needed a total transformation. I planted Hostas and Ferns, included some rocks and got it mulched so the soil wouldn't wash away which was part of the reason why the original planting suffered.

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
2:56 AM

Post #7898619

Plus it gave me a perfect spot to display the new sculpture I had recently bought for the gardens :)

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Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #7898654

Wow! What a transformation.
Between you and Doug, it's exhausting just to look at the work you've done.
It really has turned out to be a beautiful garden. It will be interesting to see the plantings mature.
Did you mention there are more pix to come (of the connecting planting)?
Can't wait to see them also.
Don't forget to take time to just sit in one of those chairs and enjoy your beautiful garden!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 18, 2010
6:07 AM

Post #7898891

weerobin said it all its beautiful,I was thinking too, I love those chairs ...WOW

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7899022

I have nothing on you Debbie when it comes to work!!! Does Rick do any of this or is it all yours? It is beautiful.

Doug
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2010
7:07 AM

Post #7899025

rcn, gorgeous! I love the trellis and stairs and the path. Everything looks amazing, and it will look more amazing still, I'm sure, as the years go by.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 18, 2010
9:03 AM

Post #7899339

Kayly - 'Endless Bummer' - LOL
rcn - Beautiful! What a way to handle that slope. The stairs look great and plantings are perfect. I have some stairs going down from the back yard into the "lower garden", made with timbers and pea gravel. The timbers are starting to rot and at some point, will have to be replaced. They have lasted 20 years so I guess we got our money's worth out of them. Definite inspiration in those photos!
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
9:14 AM

Post #7899366

Thank you! I'm really enjoying the time I spend sitting on the steps even though it means I'm usually trying to figure out what to plant next!

Weerobin, yes there will be more pictures, I just need to take them! And I do get a chance to sit in the chairs occasionally but my favorite spot to relax lately is at the top of the steps :)

huggergirl, thought maybe you'd like to see a "before" picture of the chairs? I had planned to post a picture on the Trash to Treasures forum :) I found them sitting by the dumpster back in February and grabbed them in a flash! A little unraveling around the legs of one but other than that all they needed was a fresh coat of paint. Thought about painting them cobalt blue or something funky but it didn't fit for this area so decided on the green instead.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 18, 2010
9:17 AM

Post #7899374

Ah - sitting on the steps - my favorite "thinking" spot for the lower garden. Even if I had a bench down there, I don't think I'd sit on it.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2010
9:33 AM

Post #7899399

Doug, Rick has his own gardens to "play" in - these are all mine :) We're having a slight problem right now. I had a plan for the area which extends out from the end of the path. Of course that was three years ago and in the meantime Rick planted trees and shrubs in the area that weren't included in "my plan"! LOL I've been selecting plants for the area trying to work around his planting and he's protesting my choices :( I had hoped to get the area planted before I leave for Maine next week but this morning I ran into a slight problem when I started digging. I didn't realize how much the area slopes off on one side and I'm going to have to do a lot of digging and leveling before I can extend the path before planting :( I'll just hope he doesn't decide to plant it with "his" choices while I'm gone! LOL

I'll try to get more pictures so I can show you some of "my" areas. The plan is to eventually connect all the dots, so to speak, as I continue the planting :) Weerobin, since you're always introducing me to unique plants with your photos I'll try to remember to take a few close ups of some of the plants I've added that may be of interest to you!

Cindy, I've created quite a few spots to sit in the gardens and the steps might not be the most comfortable but they're my favorite spot at the moment :)
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 18, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #7900344

WE have boulders to sit on and ponder Whats Next !!! A great trash find,I love thos .We went cruising today ,they have june clean up days and trash is to be picked up saturday.nothing great to be had...darn,we did get a toilet and a big fiberglass pool of sorts not sure what we will do with that. but here is whats happening with the comode ummm this will be the new comode garden..Not done yet save your giggles for later.I could not resist this.I will post as it goes. I have abig yellow butterfly daisy in the bowl and petunias in the tank.Just got the dirt for the bed .Thinking what to plant in the ground..

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 18, 2010
4:12 PM

Post #7900776

LOL! I'm so curious to see what you're going to plant.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2010
2:48 AM

Post #7901877

LOL, you know there's another thread somewhere, either here or on the other site about KatG's toilet garden. Her toilet was black and filled with purple flowering Petunias and was beautiful!

Well, darn I grabbed my camera to take some pictures yesterday but first click and the battery was exhausted :( I was going to post pictures of my new Welcome Garden so you could get a feel for how the gardens all connect but I'm going to wait until I get the other pictures so I won't confuse you. Battery is charging and hopefully I'll have pictures tomorrow!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2010
2:51 AM

Post #7901878

Like what you did with the arbor
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2010
2:55 AM

Post #7901882

ge, we're "following" each other! LOL You can't see it in the photo but there's a Climbing Hydrangea planted on the right to climb up over the arbor. It's only about 2' tall right now but I actually had blooms on it this year! I planted it last fall and even though it will probably take years to reach the top it's already grown about 6" this spring and attaching its little feet to the sides of the arbor :)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2010
3:03 AM

Post #7901887

Love the climing hyd's.GF on Marthas Vinyard has a huge oneI covit.I dont have a place for one here.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #7902140

I like the small-leaved cultivar Brookside Littleleaf.
The same waxy fresh green leaves and white flowers, just on a smaller scale.
quiltjean
North Chelmsford, MA
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2010
7:26 AM

Post #7913081

Weerobin, you're in my zone; what do you do to get your climbing hydrangea to bloom? I got mine at a plant sale, and it has been improving each year--if reluctantly--but no flowers. Does lime help?
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 23, 2010
8:13 AM

Post #7913221

Great question, quiltjean! Mine is at least 10 years old and has never bloomed. I did move it a few years back to better soil but no flowers. Maybe it needs more sun than I'm giving it???
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2010
4:02 AM

Post #7915707

I definitely think sun is the answer. I have several scattered around my yard. The ONLY one which blooms significantly gets the most sun. I still like their architectural climbing habit and fresh looking foliage, even without flowers, especially the Brookside Littleleaf. Cute!

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