This bed is fully shaded in summer, but in winter/spring the walnut tree in the middle is bare, so the plants get a sunlight boost when they need it most! I'm surprised the 'Tropicanna' canna threw out some blooms - normally I cut them down in Feb and they don't return until late May. This time I was late, just cut them back two days ago. Lots of new smaller leaves coming up, but these two were actually flowering. The weather's been pretty good this spring, although we could use some more rain, so I think everything's about 3 weeks ahead of schedule so far.
Probably should have posted this second instead of the iris/hellebore photo - this is the back of the bed in my first photo. A truly gaudy combination of orange nasturtiums and pink coleonema! But the nasturtiums don't last long, and the splash of colors is actually refreshing after too many dreary wet days.
This fragrant dwarf rhodie is lanky and unattractive - but the flowers open to a yellow-throated white, and are as fragrant as Easter lilies! They are almost as pretty when still buds, a beautiful shaded pink:
Another bearded iris, with the Oxalis siliquosa in full winter technicolor behind it. O. siliquosa really shows the beautiful copper-pink tones in winter - in summer it pretty much goes yellow-chartreuse. The variegated alstroemeria leaves are attractive, but the plant is in too much shade to ever bloom well. I really should move it.
One of my favorite plants, a 'Jack Frost' brunnera bought at ridiculous expense, is beginning to disappear under an aggressive palm that I need to cut back. But the brunnera has put up its delicate spikes of tiny sky-blue flowers - hard to capture with my ancient digital camera, this was the best shot I could get. A white calla is lying on the ground next to it.
Beautiful! I'm so impressed that you've been able to plant so much under a walnut and have it grow so well. I've had trouble with brunneras disappearing too and wonder if they need the cold to keep going. I've had trouble growing Hexastylis (or Asarum). Another magic touch you have. Mine has just languished.
Here's a hellbore - I've posted this somewhere else but it's pretty enough to post twice. :-)
The jessamine is beautiful; does it smell, too? (Thanks, Doss - it's hard to miss when the flower itself is so perfect. I guess its a good thing that crocus are blooming by themselves - it makes me appreciate each one. If they were with a slew of other things I might not notice how gorgeous they are individually. )
Oh my, all the photos are glorious! Doss, your kurume azaleas are gorgeous - I finally sprang for an Encore azalea by mail because I couldn't find what I wanted locally. HD had them but wouldn't differentiate them by color, and I desperately wanted a red one!
Turns out it's more a red with a hint of orange but it fades to dark pink. But does seem to be pretty vigorous. It looks pretty good considering it arrived half-dead (I was very unhappy with Park Seeds about the order). It's already bloomed twice in two months. Heavy feeder, though! I tried to include the tag but it's not very readable: variety is "Autumn Embers".
jkom: I have Autumn Embers and Autumn Sunset and both have been good bloomers for me. They seem to need alot of water the first year, moreso than some "regular" azaleas. Otherwise, they've bloomed nicely for me in close to full shade.
Beautiful Deb. Jody, I checked Plant Delights Nursery site and some of the arisaemas only go up to zone 7 but some of them are listed as zone 9. Sounds as if you are right that a lot of them need more cold than we have here. I've been trying to grow toad lilies and brunneras and I think that it's a problem for them here too.
doss, very pretty what is the ground cover on the left of the photo??? here is some of my first flowers for the season...crocuses, very hard to tell but they were just "glowing" in the morning when the sun was shining on them!!!
Thanks, doss and rob.
NOt sure what the lighter pink one is that's near my goat. My favored light pink ones are George Lindley Taber, but there's only a teeny bit of them in one of the shots. I have some larger GLTs but they bloomed after the Formosas. The coral colored ones are outta here ASAP so I can plant more GLTs.
Glad that you enjoyed the grass. You get the thumbs up for not having to mow it all winter. LOL The other thing is that here the perennials don't get covered with snow so it can look pretty bare out there in the perennial garden.
I do love the gardening and the weather where I live though - I have to admit.
You mean that some of your perennials don't grow all winter? (I never really thought about how the seasons affect places where there isn't snow all winter!)
Regarding the grass mowing - you are right about not having to mow all winter, but since my husband and I fight over who gets the grass clippings (he wants them for the lawn and I want them for the garden) maybe if we had lawn all year we could have enough to go around!!! LOL
Doss: That's a really lovely entry way.
Lussah: Bunch of happy azaleas you have there! With all the wind and rain the past couple of weeks, most of ours have lost their blooms now. :(
Tabasco: What a pretty little garden! And I like the pineapple birdbath, too!
robbcorreia... pretty what is that plant called??? Love the color!!! I see you are in zone 10. Probably not for the cold winters like we have in Michigan... Drattet!!!! Very pretty. I mean the Brazil plant.. Ronna
Gardenlady, it's a Brunfelsia Pauciflora. It's called "yesterday-today-and-tomorrow" because the blooms open purple, then turn a light lavender and then white...it smells lovely too! Here is a link: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/126815/
Lussah, my Mahonia was a total impulse buy, I had no clue what it was when I got it at the local nursery...this tough guy survived at least 2 months in its plastic pot until I found a spot for it...and then it just exploded ! It's so beautiful, I agree!
Gorgeous photo of the saucer magnolia. I love those, too and there's one outside my bedroom window, also. Many years, the earlier bloomers get hit by a freeze! This year was no different. They look awesome one day and so sad the next.
Thank you for the link to the Big Dipper Farm. I've been looking all over for more Solomon's Seal and could not find any. I just ordered some of all three types they have. I can't wait for it to get here!
You should call Big Dipper and ask if they really have the three things you ordered. Sometimes they run out of stock and it's not reflected on the website. That's the only drawback of ordering from them. Their plants are great!
Of course the Bleeding Heart... My fave of all spring plants!!!! Not quit flowering but the weather is suppose to be really cold tonight and wanted a picture of it. :( Sure hope it will be okay tonight!
Gardenfrances, I agree, spring is exciting! I have been feeling especially lucky, as I am going through the very firstsrping in my new home. It's so fascinating because all these unexpected plants are popping out in the garden one at a time...Some of them I have never seen before and as I follow their progress i try to guess what they are before they bloom!
Doss you should give dicentras a chance, even here in san diego they are surviving (so far! lol)
Thanks Tabasco. I've actually been on DG for a few years. I guess I don't post that much though. Mostly I just soak it all up.
It's probably not a very good picture, but in that first shot there are many stems that are stuck together with a mass of flowers at the end. Isn't that fasciation? I've seen it, in pictures, with others plants though never with a bleeding heart. Still that must be what it is, right?
You're right, Doss, it IS a beautiful time in a shade garden!
Congratulations, robc on your new home! It must be doubly exciting for you, not knowing where some new treasures may pop up! Thanks for the education on fasciation... I was wondering what it meant, so thanks, Tabasco for asking, and wicker, for the pic and explanation!
One month after Doss first started this thread, I guess we're already sliding into summer. I've had to start watering again, we were only 75% of normal in the East Bay so they're talking about mandatory water rationing already.
Here's my 'Jack Frost' brunnera, which is already ending its bloom season. You can just see one last pale-blue flower stalk leaning horizontally to the left:
I have a grouping of wood phlox growing under a fothergilla that has filled in nicely this year. It took me 3 tries before I could get the phlox to stay because it was always eaten by slugs. Now I have enough little brown snakes to eat the slugs.
edited to add: I have enjoyed all the photos on this thread especially when I didn't have much showing in my garden.
Also, I am sorry the photo is so large, I don't know why it does that sometimes.
Lovely grouping lavender4ever. I like the grape hyacinth peeking through.
This photo shows the only Jacobs Ladder that comes back for me, Stairway to Heaven, and it's a native cultivar with variegated leaves so I am very pleased with it. In early spring before it blooms the leaves are very rose colored. It keeps the green and white variegation through the summer.
Beautiful dogwood dragonfly, that is the tree I'd really like to find room for. Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I'm looking for a photo of the Jacobs ladder in early spring when it was very rose colored. I posted this photo earlier on the thread for variegated plants. This is "Stairway to Heaven" on April 7 th at it's most colorful.
Semp: What a wonderful shady garden you have!
The Confederate Jasmine is blooming for me now. This one's on a north wall, about half is in total shade, the other half only gets late afternoon sun, but it blooms very nicely, and that scent! Ahhh.
This afternoon, I had just taken a shot of my Confederate Jasmine when I cought a whiff of a gardenia! My favorite fragrance in the whole world! It took me a few moments to locate it-I always smell them before I see them. I never realized until a couple of years ago how much that scent is tied to my childhood which was a very long time ago!
Lussah: I think gardenia is my favorite garden scent. Mine aren't blooming yet, though. Are yours? Yesterday, I was strolling around the garden center at one of the "big box" stores, and followed the scent to a lonely little corner where they had miniature gardenias in full bloom. It was intoxicating. Scent makes a strong connection to memory, doesn't it?
Ah Spring indeed! My columbine are starting to bloom. I just put them in last spring so they are sort of sparse but beautiful just the same. Unfortunately they tend to mildew in the late summer. Hate that!
Ilove the combination of the azalea and the clematis. You are either lucky or very clever to have them blooming at the same time! The rose will be beautiful with it and echo the color of the azalea. It's going to be a very pretty corner - but then it already is.
One of my miniature gardenias has several blooms open and many more are ready to pop. The other minis are just about there. I only have one full-size and it's been limping along ever since I bought this house, 5 years ago. I spent 30 minutes today hosing off aphids again and did not see any buds on it. It has never put out very many. But we keep trying! I've had pretty good luck with the minis, though. I spent today working in the yard and every time I smelled them, I broke into a huge grin. All I need now for it to really be summer is some local watermelon.
I'm heady with the fragrance of iris in the garden right now. Of course nothing is quite the same as gardenia. I've never had any luck with them though. They seem to struggle along here. Local watermelon sure sounds good! How about some local peaches too.
rob, your cottage garden is lovely--pretty combinations in bloom.
doss, You mentioned the fragrance of iris and I agree...I found a few blooming in the garden and it was heavenly.
semp, you have a wonderful collection of shade plants and I love your stone steps.
I have a new little hardy geranium, the deep pink little flower in the collage, that is blooming nicely in mostly shade. I wish I had the label. It's one I picked up from the dollar table bargain bin last fall.
And I found the little castle in the bargain bin at HD last fall and I'm in the process of making a fairy garden for my nieces with it...(something to fill in the shady areas...
Yep, can't leave out peaches! Hope the last freeze didn't get them. The other summer must have is boiled peanuts, but my favorite nursery started selling them a couple of weeks ago, so I've already HAD to buy a few bags!
Doss it was just pure luck for the azalea and the clematis to bloom together. We have had an absolutely perfect spring. Around here I consider it a good spring when the dogwoods and redbuds bloom during the same period. They were georgous this year.
You must mean the lemon button fern (Nephrolepsis cordifolia cv. 'Duffii' ). It would grow happily in your house but it's not hardy below zone 9. It's so fast growing though you might be able to grow it as an annual!
That's OK. I just have to keep in mind the combination of the foliage shapes. You have very nice combos through out your garden. In my third year of gardening, I am just beginning to pay attention to details like that :)
Thank you Tabasco and enya. Where is the texture thread? I know I have seen it before. Enya, The white tiillium I would think would grow in your zone. I have some burgandy ones in my woodland garden, I would like to find some white ones. BEV
Tillium grandiflorum is native to my area. That shared lot nobody goes to but for twice a year trash collection and garlic mustard removal is really great. It's sort of became and unofficial neighborhood preserve area. I just never was that late in the season to do clean up. It's amazing how much rubbish is blown down that ravine. I usually down there before the ferns unfurl but this year I am behind of a lot of things and I am glad I was :)
Tiarella Spring Symphony is blooming for the second time. I love this tiarella. This little bed is half in sun and half in shade so the snapdragons and bearded iris bring extra color to it. The vine on the structure is dying though. I don't know what is wrong with it.
doss, it's a very interesting columnar build up from the Tiarella to snapdragons.
How old is that Tiarella plant? I have two young ones that lack fullness and am wondering how long it would take them to build up the body.
The tiarellas have been there only two years but I planted three in that spot. It also gets quite a bit of light. I have some in pretty deep shade and they tend to be more sparse but the bloom even at that. I bought this cultivar because it was supposed to rebloom and indeed it does!
lol well it could go on my "flower wall". Wicker I love all those plants. What lovely groupings. I have clementine rose blooming right now, and winky purple as well as the cameo. My red star is a giant one and is not blooming yet, but one of my favs coz it blooms into July.
Here are a couple other plants doing suprisingly well.
I enjoy trying uncommon plants. Most are flops, but the ones that do well are really cool.
This is a anemonella thalictroides. I think the cultivar name is 'Cameo', but not sure.
I have to protect it from rabbits, which is why it's in a silly looking cage.
But I think it's worth it.
Spring is finally here in Western PA. Now, if it would just STOP RAINING! Very unusal year here as there has not been a frost for almost 6 weeks. I cannot remember a spring like this. My Mom planted these back in 1985. I am planting a white dogwood to the right of this grouping this year. I cannot wait to see them all bloom!
Thanks - the shrubs were all my Mom. I can't wait. I am planting white and pink dogwoods, hearts of gold redbud, flamingo magnolia and a lilac that I haven't decided on yet. My Mom put in azaleas and rhododendrons along the woods and they are all huge. This one is over 12 feet wide!! The rhodies are just starting to wake up now. They are all bigger than this azalea. I have loved everyones photos. I don't have many spring blooming perennials as the show is in the shrubs and soon to be trees.
I hope you are all sunny and warm. It has rained for 2 weeks and it is supposed to rain all weekend and next week too. I am so ready to plant my hosta gardens. :(
Lavender, I checked out the catalog link you provided.
I now see that the cultivar in my post was Shoaf's Double, not Cameo.
They've been easy to grow here in woodland situation, but my rabbits like them also!
Weerobin, I just love that Asarum! I have some in my own garden (not your variety though) and it's lovely...I should post them here so that one of you can id it for me...
That bloodroot is just amazing, I have never seen that plant before...I'm going to look it up! I love white flowers!
Single bloodroot is a beautiful flower, but double and in a patch like this would stop you in your tracks :)
I missed collecting seeds again this year :( I had very good luck starting the single one from fresh seeds so would like to try the double one. Next time shopping I'll look for small mesh bags :)
Enya, I guess that it's comforting to know that your Splendens doesn't spread either. Mine has languished in the garden for three years now with little to no growth. I did make the mistake of putting it where it got a little morning sun and had to move it into more shade.
Beautiful photos. I particularly liked the very subtle green Jack in the Pulpit.
They are beautiful and very resilient. I "lost" mine this spring. They were washed off down the hill. I found them in the pile of old leaves down in the ravine when trash picking. Moved them up again and hope they stay there this time :) I never seen those buds open - rabbits ate them :(
Enya, asarum takoi is available from Asiatica nursery on-line.
It's occasionally avaiable from other mail-order venders as well.
There are a few variegated cultivars of a. takoi which are also really beautiful, but which I haven't had much success with yet.
But hope springs eternal.
My asarum splendens does spread for me, but not in a very dense growth pattern yet.
I'm hoping it will fill in, but time will tell.
Doss, my asarum takoi is just 2-3 years old at most.
I tried a whole variety of asarum species about the same time and the takoi has clearly spread the nicest for me. Better than shuttleworth.
And, yes, the plants from Asiatica are generally small, but their offerings are fascinating and the plants are healthy. I've had good luck with them.