What do you have in your shade garden that blooms in June & July in moderate shade? I thought this might make a good post for reference.
I have no problem with color in my woodland garden in the spring, but come June and July, it needs some more color. At best I have a few hours of sunlight that comes in the morning. the rest of the day the sun filters through the canopy. I already have Astilbe and hydrangea, a few daylilies...
Thanks to both of you - happy and bonitin,
I don't have much luck with heuchera, as a matter of fact I was recently talking with some other shade gardeners and they too, don't have luck with them either, so it just might our local region isn't conducive for them. I have tiarella and they bloom earlier for me.
Bonitin, you have listed many plants that I don't have like the aconitums and campanula and lysimachia solanum...
Zantedeschia aethiopica is not hardy where I live;o( I grow Zantedeschia albomaculata" which is hardy for me!
You must be kidding about the heuchera -- they do great for me. I love love love them -- and believe me, I can kill anything. I still have a Purple Palace I put in 15 years ago. But the newer varieties are gorgeous.
It sure must be all that love that makes them thrive Happy, lol!
the problem with heutchera is that the soil must be moist but not wet very well drained, specially in the winter they can start rotting in lengthy rainy periods. I also love them but mine suffer in the long wet winters over here, but they often recover in spring.
Try Lilium martagon Shady, they are gorgeous and certainly hardy for you, they need a couple of hours of sun though..They bloom in May-June in my place. I think many plants that bloom in May in my zone probably would be a month later in your place. Then there are even more choices...
Aconitums are hardy too till zone 5.
Campanula takesimana is gorgeous with large nodding flowers, also hardy for you plus all the other campanulas in my list.
also hardy until zone 4-5 are all the different types of Lysimachia.
Then there are the Ligularia's, also late bloomers...
I thought pics say more than just names, so I will post some of mine,
I'm not sure if all of them are hardy in your place, you can find out in PF, but I think most will be.
What about all the beautiful woodland oxalis, don't know though if all of them are hardy for you..
This one is Oxalis articulata, it takes quite a lot of shade and blooms from April on even until November non-stop. I even sometimes still get some flowers in December!
Brunnera macrophylla blooms in April-May but the floliage is very handsome.
These are 'Jack Frost' with the strong veining and the other on the left 'Looking Glass', last year I bought one called 'Morse' that will bloom with white flowers but with the same veined foliage like 'Jack Frost'.
Here is a picture of Claude Shride, a martagon lily. It's the red one in the back. The martagon in the front, sort of peach colored, is Mrs RO Backhouse. The Asiatic lily in the front gets a lot of sun.
Also, the different kinds of Thalictrum all bloom in that time frame.
That oxalis is gorgeous!! Not hardy here but after last year I have a bed that will be annual oxalis. I had old planters from prior years St. Patrick's Day "shamrock" plants that I wanted to use for something else. They were at least 2 years old. Dry old dirt that had been sitting in the garage. I dumped the dirt and all of the sudden the oxalis came back to life! All summer had the most beautiful display of oxalis :) I always load up on them this time of year for inside the house but will put them outside once it warms up :)
I can't get my heichera to do well either. it doesn'e die, but it doesn't grow or bloom either. I went crazy getting it 2 years ago when I started gardening and they are all the same exact size as that year and not one has bloomed :(
I thought I was the only one who has a black thumb with Heucheras. 'Lime Ricky' was doing great for two years running but after coming back last spring, it gave up by June. I was wondering if there's a weak link in the newer varieties. Maybe they don't like midwestern winters?
Illoquin, your martagon lilies are beautiful, I tried to grow them once but didn't have any luck with them, I think I don't have enough sun for them.
Doss, that's a beautful corner and picture, did you put the wall in yourself?
Doss, your wall looks very chic!
I love Ligularia's, but I keep them in pots as they seem to be irresistible for slugs and snails.
It's long ago though I've tried them in full ground and in the mean while I have a whole army of toads, frogs and newts that keep that problem under control pretty well, so I guess I could try them again along my pond..
Shady, my L.martagons don't get much sun at all and they do bloom for me. It is a type of lily that does well in half-shade..
Oh, I love your Campanula poscharskyana, bonitin! So pretty planted along the shady steps. I guess I didn't realize camapanulas liked shade--maybe I can grow a few where I have my daffodils blooming now...I wonder...?
I 'wintersowed' about 5 kinds a campanulas so I'm hoping for some pretties for the shadey corners of the garden, too.
And, Hi! Shadyfolks, I haven't seen your posts lately (nor Doss's) so it's good to catch up. Are you having another garden tour in June/July?! Is that why you need the blooms? Are we invited?? LOL (-:
Bonitin, your gardens are amazing! Somehow the shady gardens seem so peaceful and understated. Gorgeous.
Illoquin, the martagon lilies are something else. We're in the same zone, so I can't wait to look into those!
Doss, you have some beautiful gardens!
It's so nice to have found DG and see what's 'poppin' everywhere!
Iím updating a north side entry way always in shade. You might be interested in some types of ligularia, loosetrife and touch-me-not, a very tall type of impatiens (impatiens balfouri) that grows up to 3 ft tall.