Thank you both for your kind comments. We continue to add more walks each weekend. I will continue to add more photos. I could use some suggestions for colorful shade plants. My husband is getting pretty tired, but he keeps on helping.
Wow, I'm so glad I found this thread. I responded to you on the other thread but you only had that one picture. This is amazing! As I mentioned, hostas are gorgeous, easy shade plants and the other suggestion was a small boulder with toad lily growing over it. Astilbe is a shade plant that doesn't take up much room and it comes in beautiful colors. Try this company for some great woodland shade plants. The owner, Gene, is wonderful to work with and I have been extremely pleased with the plants I have ordered from them. http://davesgarden.com/gwd/c/46/
I am making my stones. I purchased a mold from Lowes. It takes one 60lb back or concrete mix per 2'x2' set of stones. Since the stones are seperate, you can make curves and angels. It has been much fun. So far we have layed down 45 bags of concrete with 30 more to go before we call it done for the winter. I want to make more paths along the creek next spring. Grass does not grown out there. However, the ground is covered in the spring with little pink wildflowers. Here is a before shot of the area we are working on. This was taken in late August, just before we started laying the stones.
BEAUTIFUL MsMaati... and how wonderful of your hubby to help... I've seen those molds and always wondered how well they worked and how well it held up ... All projects start as just a little project ... My money this year went into River Rock to create my garden areas but maybe next year I can lay some paths like these... Thanks for sharing
Beautiful, MsMaati :) Well done. Did you make DH a pie or rub his back after all that?! lol :) Wanted to suggest leatherleaf viburnum as a lovely shade plant. Pretty spring blooms and lovely fall color. Will take full shade. Don't know if it's in the PDB or not. Keep us updated!
Leatherleaf viburnum is in the PDB. I typed "Leatherleaf Viburnum" just like that with quotes and all. Copperbaron has some nice pics. PDB says sun to partial shade, but I checked a shade gardening book here and it says the shrub will take full shade as well, but partial shade is preferred. Shrubs make good focal points (although your patio seating is a strong one) and they also take up some room with minimal care if chosen correctly. Happy gardening :)
Wellll, now MsMaati .. I'm most curious .. as to why you haven't sent us any updated pics .. of, yet .. another most beautiful garden area .. that I/(we) can go 'virtually' strollin' thru every now and again ? ..
THAT .. has apparently been quite a wee lil undertaking for the two of you (hee).. But, my oh my .. hasn't it turned out beautiful .. and seemingly well worth the effort and labor!?!?! .. wow! ..
Bet that area is some mitey purtily dressed in its latest winter attire, by now .. Sure'd be nice to 'lay eyes' on it, just drenched in snow .. (hint, hint?) .. hee
Well the new season begins. We plan to add another flower bed in our shady garden. It has grown each year. Here is a spring picture of the first bed that we built. I need to get out there and grab the grass out of my walk but the spring bloomers are looking ok. I am still using the same mold for our walks. I will post more later if you are interesting in seeing more.
The work you have done is certainly paid off. I don't think I have seen such a peaceful and serene place in a long time. Encourages my ambition if not my abilities. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Dotti
Just finished editing some of the photos I took of the spring planting of my shady gardens. I will take more pictures later in the summer when the annuals fill out. Thanks for all of your kind words. Yvonne
Your have done wonders with this area MsMaati and it is truly an inspiration to others. I like the idea of making the stones. I have a few stones in amongst my flowers but I got them from the nearby creek. Lots of work either way.
Hope you don't mind me bringing this to the front again.
I took some pictures of my toad lilies this morning and could not resist posting them. This garden project has been a blessing for me.
I enjoy breakfast in it several mornings a week. If you would like to see more pictures of the progress let me know I will be glad to post more. Thanks Yvonne
I am just thrilled that this thread is back! I hadn't noticed it before and I am getting inspired. I plan to get rid of some lawn in the next couple of weeks, and I still do not have a solid plan. This is just a great tutorial for me.
msmaati I love the photos!!! We have almost all shade, but do not have the room to do what you did.
y husband loves all the paths in the yard he like thats that kind of gardening. this is aphoto of my side yard made out of free bricks and slate. Not quite as large as your but we love it. Ronna love your photos.
Thanks Marie, It is quite simple but time consuming. If you want to buy more than one mold of course it goes faster.
GardenLady, That is very beautiful. I love the areas that you can sit in and enjoy. Winter comes around to fast to suit me.
Here is a shot of my bird sculpture bed.
I made the bird in about 1996 when I was completing my art degree in sculpture class. My family teased me about him for years then whimsical garden sculptures became vogue and he fits right in now. Goes to show if you keep something long enough ...LOL.
The spotted Caladium I got at the local zoo sale. I was told it was rarely cultivated here unless it was brought back from its native home.
Here is a picture of our path using the same mold from Lowes. The garden looks much nicer now :-) Just don't try bent grass between the "rocks" I wanted thyme - but DH insisted. It looked great for about 2 months - but now (2 years later) it just looks unsightly. This year I ripped out the grass in the front of the path (not visible in the above picture, it's on the left side, beyond the white fence) and replaced it with the thyme I wanted.
Eventually, I will get all the bent grass replaced with thyme - which, btw, looks great and smells better!
Ms, I'm glad I found this thread. Makes me jealous, since I don't have a yard, but it's fun to admire yours. I've seen those stone molds and always thought they looked so fake. I couldn't figure out why yours looked so good, then read that you have an art degree. You have a eye for design, and know just what to do to those stones to make them appear as natural as they're ever going to get.
You asked about tulips. You can plant tulips, but you may want to treat them as annuals. They're hard to have come up a second year even with sun, but without sun they won't do well. However, they've got stored what's necessary to bloom the first year. It depends on how early you want them to bloom, and how tall you want them to be. The earliest tulips are generally pretty short, while the later tulips are the tall ones.
I would like to put them in the bed pictured.
Maybe taller ones in the middle and shorter ones up close to the edge. The area close to the birdbath and right along the pentagon center is planted with paperwhites. They usually bloom in April.
In the fall when the impatiens are done I guess is when I should plant them?
Should I just dig them up after they bloom and store them until fall again, so I can put my Impatiens in again?
Do you have any particular ones that you would recommend?
Plant them when the ground is cold. I usually wait till November. They need about 12 weeks to develop their roots. I like to have early tulips, so I plant the species tulips humulis which are the earliest to bloom, and then Kaufmanniana which bloom next, and finally Triumph tulips. If I have late tulips it interferes with my Asiatics which bloom in June, or annuals I want to plant in May.
I don't save the bulbs because I always cut back the foliage to make room for other things, therefore they don't store food. Tulips don't do nearly as well the second year, which is why I treat them as annuals. I just pitch them at the end of the season.
Thanks Rev I sure will be adding some tulips this fall I really appreciate you helpful suggestions.
Brenda, Thank you so much.
We have about 3/4 of an acre total but only about 1/4 of it is wooded.
That is the area that we put all the shade islands in because in the summer it was always just a dead dust storm when mowing because all of the grass would die.
I think that mowing around the gardens is a little price to pay for something to enjoy rather than to just maintain.
My Neighbor next door has an equal amount of land on the side of our adjoining properties so she started a garden there too. Her area-to the left of mine, gets a lot more sun. It makes both of our yards look bigger.
Yes it is variegated liriope. I love it. I have it around almost every bed. I made the mistake of digging up some green liriope from an old homestead and bringing it here when I moved. I'm still trying to get rid of it. The variegated is much more behaved. I keep kidding my DH that the variegated will be our cash crop one of these days.
I took a picture this morning of the little snow we got overnight. We don't get much snow down here on a regular basis. You can see the neighbor's house and her garden too. We both started our shady gardens the same fall. They lost a tree last spring and that gave us more sun. I may have to move my toad lilies they seem not to like the new amount of sun. Will post more in the spring.
WOw! I just found this and I am in awe! I also did the pathway in my front yard using the mold 2 years ago. I'm still working on the beds the paths border. I'm envious of your hostas! I'm so far south, mine will never get that big. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.
oh, wow, what an inspiring garden. I have been looking at old post for hours it seems. Msmaati your gardens are lovely. Your work has paid off. Not to mention inspired us all to get up and go work in ours.
Thanks Scraps and Staceysmom, It is a lot of work but it pays off. Unlike laundry which just comes back to be done over so fast, the garden lasts the whole summer. LOL. You can tell I hate laundry. I would work outside all day long if I could. I planted some new ground cover last year and it really took off, It is called Creeping Jenny. Don't put it anywhere you cannnot contain it. The lovely light green is nice change for the shade.
I love Creeping Jenny. I bought some a couple of years ago that was labeled as an annual. To my pleasant surprise it came back the next year. I have it planted around my tulips. Love the contrast of the dark green of the tulips against the light green of the Creeping Jenny. Plus it fills in nicely once the tulips die down. I also like using it as a spiller in containers. It looks lovely where you planted it there. I am really in awe of your gardens. Had to check out all the pictures again.
My Creeping Jenny is fully spread. It really looks great compared to last June. Everything here in southern Indiana is about 3 weeks ahead of last year. We had a great spring. Hotter'n blue blazes today.
It has been such a super weird weather pattern, here. So much rain I think plants are just bigger than they normally are, I know the weeds def are.
I had to take down a bradford pear tree next to the house that was creating my shade garden so I had to dig up all my plants and move them to the other side of the house. So that was my unexpected project.
I know what you mean about moving plants. Our neighbors lost several trees in the ice storm and I had to move my toad lilies to a different location so they did not get sunburned. I planted a plum tree this year, in a few it will shade that area again.
Thought I would bump this up again since we have added quite a bit since 2009. Just a little at a time we are getting the landscaping that we want. This years drought really stunted the June and July growth but the recent rain boosted it back some. I am surprised that the grass is still green. Our area was in a severe drought.
Thank you Ajen, I enjoy adding a new interest each year but I am running out of room. LOL Here are a few more pictures. Sorry I added same picture twice of the Bird bed. The Hosta have quite a bit of hail damage from a storm a couple of weeks ago.
Great job, lovely and well maintained gardens, relaxing sitting area, well done paths and a glorious site to behold. You've done an excellent job. It looks superb, especially some of the long distance views, MsMaati. You and hubby deserve the beauty that surrounds you. It looks better than 99.5% of the gardens I've ever seen including the professional ones. Yours looks professional without the overdone look that the major gardens have where no personality is involved.
Thank you all so much. It is a lot of work but being retired it is a good thing to keep busy. We did the raised beds to avoid having to mow on that hill. Seems that we can mow most of the yard with a rider now but I like to push mow often to make it look nicer.
A friend asked me to bump this up for her review. I have added more and more and will add some more photos in the spring. One thing nice about this medium is that you can continue to add to it year after year.
Thanks MLS I really enjoy my shade garden. I think I will get a chance to walk through it today without any snow or ice. I expect that some of my plants will we lost or damaged this year which will be sad however, that means I can go shopping for new ones.