This Article is About
purple hues
heart shapes
Tending My Shade Garden
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Tending My Shade Garden

Shade gardens thrive in the High Sierra climate and loyally return each year despite months under mounds of snow. All you need to do is pick the right hardy plants and provide a moist soil rich in humus. They provide lovely foliage and delicate color to satisfy the gardener longing for the sight of blooms and beauty after the long winter.

Successful and hardy in the 5000 foot altitude, the following are a solid foundation for your shade garden:

Hostas: There are many types with foliage ranging from ribbon-like to broad leaves; from dappled cream and white to a gorgeous blue color. Some have delicate blooms as well and vary in size and height. It is essential to use a bait (environmentally safe, of course) as they are extremely susceptible and attractive to snails, slugs, and in my garden, the ever-present earwigs.

Astilbe: Another shade garden foundation plant, Astilbe has fern-like foliage with spiked fluffy flowers in red, white, pink, or purple hues. They are able to endure single digit temperatures and return each year.

Columbine grows wild in my garden, but I have also selected some gorgeous nursery specimens with blooms in varied colors that add depth and texture to the garden. These are a delicate arching plant that spreads easily and can fill an area if you want it to.

My personal favorite is Bleeding Heart (Dicentra). There are two types of Bleeding Heart; the old-fashioned type that blooms in Spring and then dies back, and a smaller type with fern-like leaves that blooms all season. Both have arching fronds of blooms in pink and white, red and white, or cream-colored heart shapes that are so sweet and lovely. I think they are especially dramatic with the blooms of Columbine swaying among the Bleeding Heart. Bleeding Heart spreads by roots and is quite easy to transplant and multiply, though it does fine in spreading all by itself.

Showcase plants: Ligularia is a stately tall plant with mid-green broad leaves and tall spires of yellow flowers. It makes a statement of grace and color in the shade garden. The leaves wilt easily, so it needs a daily watering and moist environment. Pulmonaria or lungwort - an unattractive name for such a pretty flower - has unusual blooms in pink and blue. I have another type of “wort” in my garden that I have dug up and moved with me at least once. I have lost the name of this specimen other than knowing it is a type of "wort", but it has the most beautiful and unusual magenta flowers, and someday I hope to re-identify it so that I can add another to the garden.

Primroses are lovely little flowers that act as perennials in my garden. They are available in so many pretty colors. I think they look especially appealing interspersed among Irish Moss and Scotch Moss ground cover.

I believe all of these plants will survive in any moist and shady environment no matter the altitude.

There is no special Winter protection that I provide for my High Sierra shade garden. It is blanketed with snow during the Winter, and it returns beautifully in the Spring after snowmelt with its delicate shapes and hues.


Street Talk

I bet it is beautiful!

Reply
  about 9 years ago
AJ  

The bleeding hearts are beautiful, I've never seen them before!

Reply
  about 9 years ago
You May Also Like
Taking Photos
You just bought a new Camera. You tear open the box skim over the manual and install the batteries then you start snapping shots blinding friends , family and pets with the flash. Sounds like fun. Then you view your photos and find they are not what you expected. I…
By: Rick Parnell in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Photography   Feb 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Cửa Cổng Biệt Thự đẹp Sang Trọng
Bạn đã biết đến sản phẩm chất lượng của Cổng nhôm đúc Thịnh Vượng House qua kênh thông tin nào. Tại sao khách hàng biết đến chúng tôi đã không còn quan trọng bằng việc tại đây quý khách đã chọn được những mẫu cổng nhà biệt thá»± đẹp trong…
By: thinhvuonghouse in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

5 Tips for Better Shrub Care
Previously, shrubs were thought of as back-garden plant perfect for filling up free space. Presently, they are featured as focal points of landscaping projects due to the rich colours and beautiful flower displays. If you are after introducing shrubs to your garden, but you are not sure what gardening service…
By: melissagreen in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Cửa Nhôm đúc Sang Trọng Và đẳng Cấp
Chính bởi khả năng truyền tải thần thái và phong cách riêng của chủ nhà và không đơn giản là cánh cá»­a bảo vệ cho ngôi nhà của bạn, cá»­a nhôm đúc luôn được chọn lá»±a rất kÄ© lưỡng trước khi lắp đặt. Bạn đã lá»±a chọn được mẫu cá»­a…
By: thinhvuonghouse in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 30, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Flowering Plants That Attract Butterflies
In this article, I want to talk about plants, but not all kinds. I want to mention some in particular that every outdoor lover enjoys. These plants bring about not only beauty but also a sincere meaning behind them. They come in different types and in an array colors. I’m…
By: eunilda in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Unique Benefits Of Planting A Garden
Our garden along with our kitchen can make a difference in our lives. What we eat defines us. It's for that reason to consider the most important things that can improve the way we look and the way we feel. There are many vegetables and fruits out there with secret…
By: eunilda in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Lawn Mower Maintenance
There was a time when lawn work was looked on as strictly the guy’s job. In fact, it often took the strength of Hercules to pull the crank cord a minimum of 10-12 times just to start the darn machine! Long gone are those days, though, as the lawn mower…
By: Chris J. Hutson in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Apr 14, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Home Interior  - A Right Decision When Making Renovations
You have planned renovations and do not know whom to ask for help in this exciting activity? When choosing such a company, the main thing is not to make a mistake, otherwise you risk losing not only valuable time and money, but also significantly impair your nerves. Our company has…
By: Mistermj2016 in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Apr 13, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Choosing the Best Place That Childcare Daventry Has to Offer
It can be a difficult decision to go back to work and leave children in nursery, but there is no need to worry as there are many good ones, where the children can mix with others, have a great time and be well looked after. When you are looking for…
By: aby in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Apr 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Aluminium Furniture: Why I'll Never Buy Iron Again!
Outdoor furniture is the ideal place to relax especially on weekends and holidays. Many people want stylish outdoor furniture as an escape from the cares of life. And there is complete joy and fun in sitting at an outdoor lounge or table with umbrellas for shade. You can buy patio…
By: joel9 in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 29, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Turkey Oak Tree (quercus Cerris)
Turkey Oak Tree - General Information The turkey oak is a very fast growing deciduous tree, growing faster than any other species of oak, with some having already reached heights of up to 130 feet since their introduction in about 1735. The turkey oak is a native tree of Turkey…
By: Conner John2 in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Choosing The Best Underground Lawn Irrigation System for Your Lawn
Most of the people look at the task of building a lawn irrigation system with dread. The dread that they feel can often lead them to calling in the professionals for a job they could well do themselves. Installing a lawn irrigation system is quite a bit of serious task,…
By: Rose Wiliam in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 20, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Do Garden Clearance As Quickly As Possible
Before you start planting seeds in your garden or even start preparing the soil, you have to clear the garden patch. There could be various undesired plants and sometimes even small animals gathering in your garden that can damage or kill new plants. Instead of dragging out the garden clearance…
By: Desiree1 in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Mar 16, 2016  
1
  Likes: 0

Plant Vegetables Indoors
Deciding when to plant vegetables varies according to the type of vegetable you are planning to grow. With the exception of cold-weather plants like spinach, you want to be sure not to sow seeds until after the last frost for your region. You can get away with putting them in…
By: T. Bleython in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   May 02, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

A Little History Of Wind Chimes
Wind chimes have been around for a very, very long time and were even one of the world's first musical instruments. They are now enjoyed for their soothing and earthly sounds which are great for meditating or just for sitting back and relaxing to their beautiful sounds. Even prehistoric man…
By: Linda Mathers in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Oct 29, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1667    Report this Article