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Show #31/4105. Garden Gems In The Heartland

Color In The Shade? It’s Possible

The next area is a 'shade area' which is appropriate because we receive a lot of questions on our web site about plants ideal for shade. Chris, too, receives a lot of questions about what to do with shade. This garden was planted in 1 day about 9 years ago. They went for as much color as was possible and there are a lot of things that can grow in shade that are wonderful, interesting plants. There is much more than just texture and green. For example, the Helleborus which will start blooming in February and they have Tricyrtis that blooms up until frost. And they have many plants that bloom in between, plants like Toad Lilies that bloom in late fall.


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By Lisa Bartlett, Smith Gilbert Gardens

Spring ephemerals are some of the first plants to flower in the early spring long before most trees leaf out. They tend not to like the heat and will quickly disappear if temperatures get above 80 degrees. Spring ephemerals leaf out, bloom, go to seed, spread themselves about and then enter dormancy; they don't really die. All this happens in a two-month period, making them some of the most efficient of the flowering plants. That is what makes these plants so very special. Read more...


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