The different shades of green in the front borders remind me of Ireland.
My favorite garden is my shade garden growing under our Oak tree.
The reason I love the shade garden is because I love the beauty of foliage. The varied sizes, shapes and colors of leaves are refreshing; some fern like, others broad and bold, fronds, blades, and needles all add interesting texture to the landscape. The saying goes: “opposites attract”. Placing plants with different foliage next to each other adds beauty to the garden.
Two favorite shade plants are: Japanese Forest Grass, a small grass that has yellow and green leaves, and Corydalis lutea; it has fern like foliage with tiny yellow flowers.
The Corydalis reseeded itself in the Japanese Forest grass next to the heart shaped leaves of the Forget-me not plant. All three plants make a lovely contrast.
The before and after pictures of some beloved plants:
The before: This plant is Alchemilla Mollis. The common name is Lady’s Mantle. The cupped leaves hold droplets of rain that shimmer like diamonds.
The after: Lady’s Mantle in June; covered with sprays of dainty yellow flowers.
The before: This plant is called Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’. The common name is Catmint.
The after: ‘Walkers Low’ Catmint covered with spikes of purplish blue flowers in June.
The before: Buds of the Chinese Tree Peony.
The after: The Chinese Tree Peony blooms in May.
A Tree Peony is not really a tree; it is a mid-sized shrub. The beautiful large flowers are magenta and 8′ across.
Happy Spring! If you want more about perennials, click here.