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Show #3/1903
1800's Garden

Shade Gardening

Trish and Richard first visit the north garden. This is the garden visitors see first. It's special because of its canopy of Quirkus virginiana Live Oak. They provide shade to all the shade plants in this garden. But, not only are the Live Oaks old but so too the Lagerstroemia Crepe Myrtle. Trish can't pinpoint their exact age but they must be at least 75 years old. They too add shade to the area. Beneath them one finds Camellias which bloom in January and February, then the Rhododendron and Azaleas that bloom a little later, in mid-March, followed by Hydrangeas which bloom in mid-May and of course a succession of smaller plants, like the Mahonia Grape Holly. The Mahonia is a favorite of Richard's. The coarse texture and berries really set a shade garden apart. It is a visitor favorite as well. The ground covers are also attractive. The Baptista Indigo blooms all summer and the Ardesia makes a berry but also blooms almost year round. These are all great choices for a shade garden.

If you're thinking about creating a shade garden or a garden like this, blooms are always important but think about texture, think about form. The Crepe Myrtle is a perfect example of this, a plant that stands out in a garden and makes a garden what it is.


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