Every so often a garden needs renovating from tired plants or ones that like to gallop away throughout the bed. This was the case for my woodland garden, a small area behind the shed which is densely shaded by the chokecherry grove the birds planted for me.
Recently I attended a seminar called 'Shady Ladies' which prompted me to take stock of the plants and introduce some new ones. A woodland setting has rich humusy soil with the degree of shade full to partial so the first thing I did was cut back overhead branches to let in more light. Then I pulled out almost all of the plants because they were already elsewhere in a shade garden.
I introduced some native ferns; ostrich, marginal wood and maidenhair.
The soft and lacy looking maidenhairA non-native fern for us but native to Japan and China is the Japanese Painted fern. There are several named varieties with silver/green foliage and burgundy stems.
Japanese painted 'Silver Lace'Barrenwort (epidmeium) will naturalize into a colony in dappled shade and I purchased E. x versicolour which is clump forming with copper flushed leaves. Small yellow orchid-like flowers around appear about the same time as the leaves.
Web sourceI also picked up wintergreen, a 10-15 cm tall native plant that will spread to a nice sized clump. The red berries overwinter and are edible as are the wintergreen flavoured leaves.
Web sourceHaving several varieties of dogwood already, the 5-15 cm high bunchberry which can be found in wooded areas also seemed a good choice to add to this garden. It has tiny white flowers in summer that turn into red berries in July.
The woodland garden; newly renovated with starter plants, and once it fills in will take care of itself. The hepatica stills has a few wayward leaves before it disappears for the summer and I may move a few more small native plants back here.
Any tantalizing shady ladies in your garden?
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