This is a long narrow stretch between our house (on the right) and the neighbors' house. It was full of ugly overgrown shrubs, thorny blackberries and weedy nandina. Horrible adobe clay soil sliding down the hill, creating a drainage problem as well as a slippery danger when wet.
Everything was cleared out, a French drain was installed, and our neighbors kindly let us use their sidewalk so I could have a bigger planting area. Altho it isn't visible at the end of the concrete, there are nice concrete blocks at a right-angle, installed by my husband to connect our backyard paths to their sidewalk, so we have a good dry path to walk on.
I am constantly adjusting the plant mix in my beds as they mature, but this is what it looked like one year after planting. The white arbors are for my neighbor's grapevine which was in leaf on the left hand side.
Ah Doris. I am ready to plant some pansies too and hope to find some when I'm in town today. There are 2 planters on either side of the porch, at the top of stairs, where I work (office in a cemetery) and I am going to plant them too. Later, probably with impatiens.
Since I have no "place in the sun" to garden, I am trying to make the best of the wooded area that I have. It has disadvantages- but lots of advantages too. Today, I'm waiting for it to warm up enough to get out there again and move some more of the "tons' of leaves that are covering everything. But, being able to work in the shade in the hot & humid N. Alabama summer is definitely an advantage for this gray haired lady! There are sprinkles of daffodil blooms now and the hosta will soon to start peeking through. The evergreen ferns have been wonderful this winter. I'm planning to add more this year!
My shade garden is definitely a bright spot for me-relaxation/exercise and therapy! Keep those pictures coming. I love to see what you all are doing! Doris
Doris, I did buy some pansies Saturday and have put them in 2 different places. One is somewhat sunny but the other is in shade a lot of the time. I'm beginning to wonder just how much shade pansies can take and this will be a good experiment...
yes - that's the layering process. the 'finished' bed that you see started with a few layers of newspaper, then weeds, then leaves, then compost, then topsoil [from another bed], then mulch. the new bed that i've started [in place of the ferns] begins with the leaves collected from last fall. i'll rake them out to the half the height of my new bed - i'm planning to add compost [after it thaws and dries out] - then we'll see...
revclaus & handhelpers,
Your plants are absolutely wonderful! Since I only have shade, I especially love to see what others do with theirs. Hurray for the balcony garden! We just must make the best use the space we have, don't we!
i planted right away in the first bed cuz the compost and topsoil were old - i'll probably do the same in the new one once it's done - the top layer will be about 4-6 inches so that shouldn't hurt my plants
in shade - my favorite is hosta - but astible, primrose, hellebore, foxglove do well - i cant wait till stuff starts blooming this year - cuz this year and next will be the 'test'
Oh that's pretty..you are ahead of me..here they are just starting to poke through the ground.
The daffs are in bloom..and the tulips are about to bloom...
Here are some pansies and primrose to brighten up my front step.
Not that I know of ..but they do seem to give about a good long month of bloom at least. The primrose in my garden in the shade are just starting to put on some buds now..
There are some beautiful bright clours of primrose..and also some doubles. I have a double called Miss Indigo I bought last year. It hasn't bloomed yet though. This is a photo from last year.
Hey Betty, look for violas instead of pansies next fall, they will reseed if conditions are right, and don't need any sun or much water.
Also wild geraniums will reseed nicely--a friend of mine had hillsides full of them. The color here is wrong, they are a nice soft pink. I'll see if I can find some babies for you and bring to the swap. And my early blooming Iris do great, bloom just after the daffodils, LMK if you want some.
My island my DH calls Elvis. When I first got my Mantis tiller, I dug this up cause it was terrible to cut the grass and DH wanted to know when the semi was coming. It is almost full now...even fuller than the pics - 2 more years of planting. LOL
plantnutz, the only thing missing on your first picture is the two of us sitting on the bench with a glass of iced tea! Very inviting!
Violabird, I meant to ask you, what is the name of the wild geranium in your previous post? i didn't know that geraniums would grow in the shade...how much sun does it get?
well, I may try to grow primroses again, then, if they bloom that long. Do they need deadheading?
As for the iris, I have the native Virginia iris (dark blue flags), and the yellow Louisiana iris, and some dutch iris. I am looking for some Japanese and Siberian iris and maybe some other colors of the Dutch. This one is called Gipsy Beauty; I do not know why it is spelled that way.
You know I think alot of the folks make the same mistake I did, I didn't think any 'sun' plants would grow in the shady garden, but forgot the all important spring sunshine before the trees leaf out. So when I planted my Iris and daylilies I was surprised they florished. They had enough growth by the time the trees made shade and do great.
The camera is pointing southeast, see the trees on the right, it's my eastern exposure, the west side is entirely shaded by my house. I get passing sunbeams late morning and late afternoon only.
Yes I would love some!!! Wish I had more plants to trade myself but this is my first year at a RU.
Vi my bearded irises are in my rock garden and just will not bloom much for me. The dutch, native Virginia blue flags and other types do fine, though. I can't figure it out.. I gave them a top dressing of Black Kow and lots of bone meal (we are very low in phosphorus in our soil here) but not much else because I was afraid I would get all growth and no bloom. But I'm still getting no bloom...
that's what I generally try to do. Because it is a rock garden with little retaining walls, a lot of leaves and pine straw collected on them, but I took them off. Most of the rhizomes show above the soil.
There is a great article in Garden Gate this month about irises. I am saving it for my daughter who is building up an iris garden to sell irises commercially...
I love this thread, just found it with my morning coffee. These are blue veronica, pink soapwort, and closest is fuschia purple geraniums. They love living under my cottonwoods and move in on my stepping stones and each other.
It gets early morning and late evening sun with moving shafts of light thru the leaves all day - this shade allows me plants that mightn't take the heat otherwise. The pink soapwort [sapponaria ocymoides] could be referred to as invasive if I didn't love it everywhere it turns up. In other parts of the garden, by the cellar door - you get it. Still easily removed.
My guess is the veronica and soapwort would both live in either Iowa or Georgia.
Thanks blooms! That picture was so pretty I've just got to try it...In my shady area I have wild black cherry trees and hackberry, which both leaf out late...I'm thinking since these plants bloom early in the season that they will have enough light. I'll keep you posted! (C: Bev
They do honor spring as the tree is just starting to leaf out and if I get around to giving them a haircut trimming they'll rebound for fall's lower light that gets under a bit. The blue veronica doesn't seem to respond the same. And it gets floppy so sometimes I whack it a bit too. Love hackberry.
They've basically eaten the space that was the iris - gotta get the moved. Here's another shot. Love the compliments. Sometimes I look out my door and think 'I did that' Then I look where they are and remember I didn't plant them where some of them are, just let 'em go.
lily - yeah, it's dry shade. The two cottonwoods this border is under have their fibrous thirsty hair-like feeder roots so matted underneath my plantings that when I dig a new hole I have to crumble them out of the dirt. Anything I plant there has to be strong enough to fight for its life.
Most books seem to assume that tree shade is damp. Not in this case. Of course this land is dry anyway. It is desert.
Oh I'm so happy to hear that! My shade garden is under the neighbors 3 black maples and they pretty much keep the soil dry and I know what you mean about the mat of feeder roots! Looks like I'm going to go find me some soapwort. Yea!!!
I wonder if it wouldn't be easier to just sprinkle some seed around the base of the trees? I'm assuming that the soapwart reseeds...so wouldn't this be the time to put out some seed? Just wondering and trying to figure out an easier way to do it than to fight the tree roots...LOL guess I'm a lazy gardener!:))))) Bev
I don't blame ya there Bev, I'm a lazy seed sower too. Almost all the seeds I planted out in flats, died or didn't germinate. I look forward to seeds that say self sowing, means I can throw em out and let em grow. Only problem with that is, I forget what they are. hehehe
The soapwort's obviously a self seeder as it has appeared here and there in the border it's planted in and across the patio space to the garden on the other side.
I admit to enouraging nearly everyone of them. They are not prolific self-seeders but if you had seed that would be perfect. Put in a scattered six pack, a pack of seeds and water.
Each plant covers a nice foot circle the first year and a 2ft one the next. If I get around to really giving them haircuts I'll post a pic to show how much one covers with it's long flowering stems.
Doris, the plants along the path are violets...I just couldn't resist them in the early spring...You know what I mean? Ya gotta plant something...anything to get out of the winter blahs..LOL ( : Bev : )
Hummm, sorry 'bout that...first post didn't go I guess...lost somewhere out in cyberspace.
Anyway, I've had Primrose blooming since February here in Michigan, even under the snow. Much more color than Crocus and seems to tolerate the warmer temps since it's now June!
We've had 8 1/2" of rain in May and they are still great. Seems they like lots of water and they live on the West side of the house with dappled sun in the afternoon. There is a summer blooming Primrose but didn't write down the name when I saw it at the nursery. When I return, I'll do that for you guys.
Here is my contribution to the Forget-Me-Not folks out there. They are bienniel, but I have them every year. Now that they are about done and going to seed, I move the mulch out of the way and let them reseed. They are not invasive if you have them corraled. LOL Love them so much, I planted a mass planting of pink in the west side bed!
Hope this helps!
Oh, this was 2 weeks ago...
Okay! At the start of this thread,it said Lets play!!!
Here is about 2 in the afternoon!
I have the bed on the side of the drive tarped,this is a bed I have been waiting to do for a few years,this is my Neighbor Sam,he was doing Concrete work,we thought the rain would not last,so I setup the temperary pavilion on the deck and we got the grill going trying to wait it out.
This bed is going to be 1/2 Sun/Shade,I have a good clue on what to do in the sun,so you all will have quite a few questions on what to do with the shade.
Some of the things that I grow in the shade others grow in the sun, around here there's few plants that wouldn't benefit from a bit of filtered shade. here's my Patridge Feather in bloom today - before the flower stalks come on it's a really hug the ground plant.
It's Tanacetum densum v. amanum aka Partridge Feather. lookie, lookee, my plant pic made the database
It's a perennial. I've had it for twelve years and it has spread slowly to cover a 3'by5' area. We run temps from 0* to 115*. It lives happily with the watering I give it - If you live where God does the watering it should indeed be happy. on a personal basis I'd say it was xeriscape material. It fights with the roots of the cottonwood for its moisture and seems totally impervious to the heat of the day.
I'm watching it here...very windy. They say HEAVY downpours. I brought in everything fragile (mostly the fuchsias) and got some trades dug up about 2 hrs ago when the sky started darkening. Got to hold them now til Monday.
Batten down the hatches, Root!
I lost a tree (a small 2 year maple). The winds were unbelievable and rain was heavy, but because the winds were so high it moved out quickly. Can't imagine what could have happened if it had been larger and overhead longer than it was. Hope you made out ok... BTW our power stayed on but lost the cable a couple of times and the 10pm news programs sure had some fun with their flickering power!
You will have to excuse the leaves in this pic,we had some bad wind.
This is Amorphophalis Konjac about to open,I thought you might like to see it in this stage,I like it this way,you will be able to see it open in front of you,maybe tomorrow.
Our turn today. Spent all morning vacuuming up water in the basement. Window wells flooded when the eaves were swamped with rain. This was the sideways kind! :) Sioux Falls had 6-7 inches and I'm not sure what our total is. Was 3 1/2 inches before the last downpour so my guess is between 4-5. Enough already!! Dummy me didn't bring in my seedlings for the first time and the water was carrying all the dirt away. Just finished repotting everything and looks like I only lost one hosta. It was really tiny and probably joined the dirt flowing out of the pots! Some tomatoes, that should be in the ground, grrrr, had no dirt left at all - wonder how much this'll set them back... Soon as the sun comes out, we'll be hauling DS's carpet out to dry on the grass. Hopefully that'll be *real* soon!
Ok...this is a work in progress, but I'm really excited about what it will look like next year!! In fact, I'm worried I've got a bit too much crammed in there, but figure I'll divide, move, share, etc if that's the case. I was wanting to fill it in as much as possible.
This was taken April 12th - Day 1 of construction.
I sure will Root! I think it's pretty much the first weekend in May which collides with our subdivision garage sale. We went on Sunday this year and ended up leaving after 1-1/2 hrs because it was pouring cats & dogs and it was a mud slide under the big tents they set up for the sale. I still hung in there and got some of the things I was looking for, but never made it to the gardens!!! And I've never been there before or since, so next year it better be nice weather and I'm going on Saturday!
As far as the drive goes it wasn't much further than Tracy's house was last year. I'll give you a holler in mid-April next year!
I just filled in an empty space in my newest under the edge of the tree shade garden. During the part of the year that the sun is overhead the trees shade this space. In spring and fall it gets the southern sun. This is before the additions
This is a shot of all the additions in this really rather small space. I used the water beads and everything is planted along a seep hose. THis is a new bed just last year and still when I dug to place the new plants I hit LOTS of tree feeder roots. they're quick to chase the wter.
Beautiful pix, Bev. What color is your fernleaf dicentra? I have pink - and have seeds from it ready to trade... My heuchera is palace purple - do you have it? love to trade for yours!
I've never seen bloodroot in a garden. That is neat! We used to walk in the woods when we were kids and pick bloodroot and hepatica and have contests over finding trilliums - altho we never picked them 'cause mom said we weren't allowed to. We'd go to jail for x number of years, etc. It worked! Never picked 'em! lol The red trilliums were especially hard to find!
Laura, the color of my dicentra is also pink...and the heuchera is called plum pudding. Plum pudding has always been my favorite for color and size...but this year a new one came out called obsideon (? spelling?) and I love it! ( should have named it obsession because heuceras have become just one more obsession for me! LOL!) I'll post a picture of it later. The bloodroot came from the Iowa roundup...I think your mom was right...you shouldn't pick the wildflowers! Just enjoy them in the wild and let them reseed. These were going to be plowed under because of road construction and were saved by a kind gardener who shared them at the round up.
MollyMc - I'll come back to your challenge later this eve. Am off to family gathering and then there'll be the fireworks...
Meanwhile here's a pic of the edge of my shade garden. Beyond this lies only sand and sunflowers and globe mallow.
Blooms, that looks like a nice peaceful place to rest at the end of a long hard day.
Mine is so chock full of things, and new surprises popping up everyday, I can't sit still in mine. Always seeing, jumping up, What's that, who put that there? Where'd you come from? Aren't you a good baby giving me a bloom.
(I talk to them all the time)
I mulched yesterday so they look neater than the day before (this pic from 7/29). I have been picking up new plants, ferns, EE, and coleus, to tuck in between the caladiums since they will go dormant in the fall. Just think, by spring when the caladiums come back, all the rest of the foliage would be filled in and I won't have to mulch anymore. (I hope)
Yep Root, it sure is. It's doing very nicely and I'm so pleased.
I have a bunch of "regular" EE's that hitchhiked in with the soil, but the Z and all the ee's I got from our garden friends here are very special.
Thank You Blooms , There is more , in a haphazard 3 sided configuration but the corner is the best so far. I have to deal with large above ground roots. It's hard to find a pocket that will give hostas and such enough soil to grow . Just have to watch them closely and move plants to a new spot if needed . Will add a nice layer of mushroom compost , alfalfa and leaves this winter. Slowly but surely I'll get there =)
I just found this pixie at Big Lots today, he is almost 2 ft long . Perfect to lay under short shady plants, no? I will find a more secluded place for him . I like my garden to be so you have to walk around in order to find 'stuff'
I believe that the plant is a begonia. Possibly an angel wing or dragons wing. I am so not sure. Tomorrow I will be going back over to the old house digging plants and I will check that one. Maybe there is still a plant marker on it. It is one I wanted to bring with me to my new house, but with the hurricane coming I had to be selective about what I had time to dig.
Hi Molly. I don't know what kind of begonia that is that Beth is asking about but I'm sure it is not a dragons wing. That's dragons wing in my post on the 27th at 5:25. When you find out, I would like to know, too!
Everyone! Your shade gardens are beautiful. Starzz I love your hosta garden. Wish I had a throne like that in mine LOL. Tunnels that yellow colius is to die for!!!! Here is my shade garden in progress. BEV
Sorry I'm late to the party! My yard is 75% shade, so I'm always eager to add to my plants. My best performers are woodland phlox in early spring, rainlilies in May and mistflower (wild ageratum) in fall. This view is my north-facing front yard in May 2007.
Oh, I forgot to show my back garden, which has more sun except under my 4-trunked dogwood. Mostly ferns, but some hosta, hellebores, ginger, agapanthus and African lily. Violets also do well, and in spring the blue-eyed grass among my stepping stones looks like you're walking among stars.
This little corner is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in the yard!!!! My goats Beard is going to be so beautiful this year, I have two and love them... The oakleaf hydrangea is starting to get the buds on them!!!! The cherry belles??? Are going like gang busters and spreading all over I really like those flowers also.. The brunnera is just getting done with the blue flowers on it. Of course not to mention my fave hostas are the honey belles.. I have several from only two plants divide and enjoy!!!! :) Ronna
Shot from other side... We had a little larger pond in here and I wanted it gone... Have enough to do with all the flowers now its much more manageable. So Im filling in the gaps. Darn more room for flowers... Dratits. Ronna
Here's one of my earlier photos. My gardens are more plush now. I'll take more pictures to show and see the diff. We've had bad storms all night.
I have one "Love Pat" hosta - first right and then two carnival hostas
One Joe Pye
One red baneberry
One white baneberry
Another Joe Pye
This is the second year for all my plants. This area was covered with 2' of grass. The wall shades the area and only the tops of the taller plants get sun. I still need to week once a week to get the baby crabgrasses.
I asked about your small water feature in another forum. I'd like to put a few around my yard. How do you get the waterfall to go over the rock, and not out the sides. I get the container, but often wondered about the falls. I'm not sure what to buy or how to set it up.
this toad was fatter than the ones I've been seeing, maybe it's knocked up?? I assume they lay eggs like frogs, but where???? My husband almost ran one over the other day tilling the garden, but I saved him and relocated him to the front yard:)