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That's really pretty, billy. I really look forward to my astilbe blooming, as well, since I don't have a lot of plants that are real showy "bloomers". I planted Bridal Veil last year, and it was much prettier, fuller and longer lasting this year.
hi. I'm new here and trying to learn about gardening in the shade and from the pictures...
i've come to the right place. noreaster...the garden is beautiful...is that morning sun?
how much sun (or lack of) is considered partial shade? thanks.
Hi Beverly- welcome! I still consider myself a new gardener too, so one of the experts will have to answer what is considered "partial shade"- I'm still pretty confused about some of that myself. But to answer your question about the pics- those were taken at the end of the day, which is the only time this part of my garden gets lit up like that. The astilbe and the hostas and things in that bed behind it do also get a tiny bit of morning sun/dappled light. But for the majority of the day, I'd call it full shade (but from high trees- so it doesn't feel super dark)
thanks for the nice welcome noreaster! i'm surrounded by trees...mostly tall ones, so
if you don't mind, i'd like to use your beautiful pictures as a reference of what i'd like
in one particular shady area. i absolutely love the ferns!
Of course I don't mind, Beverly. I love ferns, too, and they are fast growing and don't seem to require much light at all to look great. I have Japanese Painted Ferns, Maidenhair ferns, Ghost ferns, and "Lady in Red" Lady ferns in this same area and they are all thriving.
Wow, Billy, you do have a lot of things growing blooming in that shade- looks great!
I even had delphiniums do well for a few years. I just moved them last month because they were getting smaller. I have Cardinal Flower, Balloon Flower, Blazing Star, Lythrum, Franz Shubert Phlox and Tall American Bellflower blooming at the moment.
revclaus, I'm not Billy but I do know iris. Some iris will do ok in semi shade but they need about 6 hours of direct sunlight. Even at that, they tend to lean toward the light to the point where they fall over.