|Cypripedium guttatum on Serkyem La, Tibet|
Do put this on your calendar please! Better yet, click HERE and sign up (it's a bargain!). If you've clicked (as so sweetly asked you) you will see a stellar lineup of extraordinary gardeners who also happen to be cutting edge plant nerds and designers extraordinaire! We'll talk about them a bit more in a while...but first let's extol the glories of gardening in shade, and in the shadow of stone! Rock gardening is often associated primarily with alpine plants--but even at alpine heights there are shadier slopes--and most of us live lower down--or even at sea level! Most of us deal with more and more shade as the trees and shrubs we keep planting grow larger and larger.
And truth be said, on a hot summer's day, the woodland is the best place to hang out! There are a vast throng of woodland plants of all sorts--and an array of strategies for growing these in gardens. I'm sure there's been a conference somewhere, somehow about woodland gardening. But N.A.R.G.S. webinars, well, they deliver the goods!
I have shady corners here and there around my garden: and like most ever serious gardener, I've planted way too many trees!
|Dryopteris x remota|
Sone of us are pteridophyles: I keep seeing how many more species I can sneak into this or that shady habitat!
This is one I found at Lowe's of all places! I keep going back to see if they haven't brought back some more--but no ferns this year. Shame on THEM!
I have a special fondness for rock ferns...the maidenhair spleenwort in particular. I'm thrilled to have three happy clumps in my shady rock garden.
|Dicentra formosa 'Purity'|
The white flowered form of this Pacific Northwestern bleeding heart blooms for months in spring and summer--and spreads with long rhizomes. It has gone by several cultivar names--my favorite is 'Purity'.
|Aruncus x 'Zweiweltkind'|
I must grow the "regular" species found across much of North America and Europe--although it is a space hog! I see it here and there in Denver gardens, so it can't be too hard to grow. This compact hybrid is much more manageable--but still a yard high or so...
|Aquilegia canadensis (dwarf form)|
Some of us never have enough columbines...the dwarfer the better!
|Lilium philadelphicum v. andinum|
I have tried this in all sorts of "logical" spots--here out in a more open spot, maybe it will be more permanent!
I finally seem to have gotten the eastern Virginia bluebells established. I've been warned it can be a bit of spreader: spread away, I say!
A memento from an unforgettable trip to the Caucasus. All the plants we saw of this in the wild had darker flowers...but I enjoy the way this one has flowers that change tint.
|Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'|
I've lost my credibility with many visitors when I assure them each flower has a little LED light that makes it glow even brighter...I fear some believe me.
|Sanguinaria canadensis 'Snow Cone'|