I thought I would share a few shots of my shade gardens with you today. I prefer shaded gardens to any other having never been much of a sun worshipper and possessing a terrible aversion to heat (I'm very fussy for a Canadian).
Under the canopy of trees and tangle of branches the shade garden provides another layer to the garden experience...the movement of shadow and sparkle of light as they play across the textures of hostas and hakone, the cool breezes that provide refuge and tranquillity, the contrast of colour and flower against a subdued backdrop.
A tremendous variety of plants thrive in shade or partial shade - there is plenty to delight here, much more than just hostas (which I love, but they do like lovelier with interesting friends about them).
These photos were taken late spring 2011...I hope you enjoy!
|In partial shade at the side of the house I have this sunny combination|
of hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Japanese forest grass)
and Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (golden oregano)
|This small triangular bed beneath two young maples is home to hosta "elegans"|
and a new planting of hosta "fragrant bouquet"... love the apple green foliage and
the white flowers are deliciously fragrant as the name implies
A Miss Kim lilac getting reading to bloom last spring. She is in the sun, the
black chokeberries in partial shade have just started to bloom.
|I love ferns...this is ostrich fern with a pretty maidenhair fern, |
hosta and a touch of heuchera for a bit of contrast.
|Another shot of the chardonnay pearls with spiderwort|
and more of that lovely heuchera 'Plum Pudding'. A foxglove left some seedlings for
me and they are just starting to show themselves.
Geranium 'Espresso' (cranesbill)
|A cheerful little perennial (makes a nice ground cover too):|
Anemone sylvetris in the spring
I wish you all a beautiful day!