This bed started with a big Buddha and evolved from there with shade lovers like the Japanese forest grass Hakonechola 'Aureola' and Japanese painted fern 'Burgandy Lace'. There is also brunnera 'Jack Frost', pink bleeding heart, solomon's seal, astilbe, meadow rue, hostas, turtlehead, and ligularia dentata.
Because I enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea, it was fun to add this element here too. In the early spring this area has trilliums and bloodroot that provide some colour until everything else grows.
My next door neighbour who is a very good photographer enjoys the Japanese garden that faces their property through our wrought iron fence. He took a photo similar to mine a few years ago and made it into a beautiful piece of art called 'Meditation'.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday, won't you join us as we show new or old photos of our cottage gardens.