Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shade Garden Treasures for Spring

Yellow Rhododendron 'Capistrano' with Japanese Forest grass (Hakonechloa macra aureola) in the Woodland at Havenwood.
One of the first things I often hear from people who love gardens, is that they cannot have flowers as they "have shade." But there are so many wonderful plants for the shade! Plants for dry shade and for damp shade. Here are just a few that have been blooming in our shade gardens in Pennsylvania...

Shrub Fothergilla major with its white, bottle-brush flowers in spring.
A new addition to the Hydrangea bed, Gaulteria procumbens, American Wintergreen.
White-variegated Brunnera 'Jack Frost', a beautiful plant for the shade garden. This one is in the Lenten Rose bed that I shared last month.

Polemonium 'Touch of Class', which looks like it should be the home of fairies in the springtime.
Salmon-colored azalea that I could not resist placing near the blue flowers in the Woodland... bluets and bluebells.
Bluets, Houstonia caerulea, covering a large area under our maple trees.
Spanish bluebells, Hyacinthoides hispanica, coming up in the shade.
Trillium grandiflorum covering a large section in near our dry stack wall in the woodland.
Trillium grandiflorum
The Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica, are so close to the door color on this side of the house, as the forget-me-nots are in the Rose Garden.
So many flowers are popping up everyday here since the weather has been unseasonably warm. You might enjoy see my daily photos on Instagram or Twitter as everything starts to bloom, as well as some garden work up dates....

Thanks for reading along! Your comments are always so encouraging, as I continue to work hard to paint a new garden at Havenwood.


  1. Beautiful garden pictures. You have so many of these wonderful but here so difficult to grow Trilliums grandiflorum.

    1. Thank you, Janneke! I am blessed to have inherited those lovely trilliums.... a gift from a gardener long ago. They do very well in all of the nice leaf mold in that section of the garden.

  2. The wood lilies are so pretty. I love the jack frost brunnera, I have lots of it and it reminds me of forget me knots (which I don't have, but am excited that I will be getting some plants this evening from a local lady). The forget me nots are my all time favorite spring flower as it reminds me of when I was a kid and we had it growing profusely! Lovely pics Julie!

  3. I just wish I had more shade to plant in Julie; of course there is shade and the open light shade we tend to have here and the dark shade where little wants to grow in parts of the UK, your trees are very high so I imagine that your shade is quite open although pretty dry from the tree roots.

  4. What beautiful flowers and plants! I love the forget me nots, but I just can't seem to grow them here in southern Oklahoma. I think it just gets too hot for them in the summer.

  5. Prachtige planten in deze mooie voorjaarstuin !!!

  6. Beautiful....I wish I had the acidic soil for Rhododendrons...


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