Gardening in a shade gardenšŸ•¶

The first time I realized my new house had a very shady garden I immediately thought a colorless back yard. And no chance of a vegetable garden.

Beautiful mature Camellia plants lined the yard, and a few azaleas bloomed in between. One Japanese maple tree that had grown out of its corner, was overwhelmed by a white dogwood tree, and shaded by a large mulberry tree branches.

When spring came, I started making a list of plants that were colorful, plants with many shades of green, and a list with combination of perennials and annuals.

My list for annuals: Begonias, impatiens, monkey flower, snapdragon, pansy, coral bells, lily of the valley.

My list for perennials: foxgloves, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, primroses, encore azaleas.

I am sure you agree when I say, a Gardner needs to be patient and thick skinned. No matter how much planning is done you are still in the mercy of nature and drastic changes in weather. Gardening is always a work in progress, and the joy of seeing a perennial popping itā€™s head out of the soil in early spring is absolutely priceless.



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Perfect shade plants, Hostas

Hostas growing under a Redbud tree


Hostas are a natural choice for growing under trees. There are over 2,500 varieties, from petite dwarf types to mammoth varieties spanning several feet across.Ā hostas are rugged and once established, they tolerate almost any soil and will grow for years.

Native to northeast Asia, in 1812 it was named after an Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. Hostas do flower and theĀ only strongly fragrant species is ā€œHostasĀ Plantagineaā€ with white flowers up to four inches long. Flowers open in the evening and close by morning. This species blooms in late summer and is sometimes known as “August Lily”.


Flowering Hosta