Category Archives: Shade Garden

Oh Painted Fern, Where Art Thou?

Sometimes my lackadaisical attitude to gardening and haste to ‘get things done’ backfires.  Last fall I engaged in a flurry of transplantation, shifting plants from one part of the garden to another for various reasons. Some, like a couple of … Continue reading

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Heuchera and Heucherella – With Foliage This Brilliant, Who Needs Blooms?

See on Scoop.it – Common Sense Gardening Janis Cormier‘s insight: Yet they do produce flowers as well!  I have several heuchera and heucherella in my garden but I should really add a few more, because they’re bomb-proof and beautiful.  The … Continue reading

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Meconopsis baileyi – Himalayan Blue Poppy

  There is something almost magical about blue flowers, and one of the most beautiful, elusive and magical is the lovely Himalayan Blue Poppy – Meconopsis baileyi.  Many years ago I was thrilled by a great swath of Meconopsis blooming … Continue reading

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Sod Removal 101 – Garden Evolution

This spring brings the fourth growing season in my new garden,  I guess it’s not so new anymore!  The garden is really beginning to settle in and look the way I pictured, for the most part.  The next step in … Continue reading

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Enkianthus Campanulatus ‘Red Bells’

Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Bells’ lives in my shade garden between a pair of sturdy rhododendrons.  I hope that one day it will provide them some shade, because here on the wet coast it can tolerate all the meagre sunshine we … Continue reading

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Tatting Fern

In my temperate coastal garden all sorts of ferns grow very happily.  Ample rainfall, coolish temperatures and narrow daylight (a nod to Diana Krall, I love the expression) provide the perfect conditions to grow these primitive plants.  I have planted … Continue reading

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Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’

In my shade garden you’ll find one of my favourite trees; a Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ – aka Golden Catalpa or Golden Indian Bean Tree.  It isn’t a shade lover; I’m expecting it to provide shade when it gets a little … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals

Some of my favourite plants are spring ephemerals.  They remind me of playing outside as a child, discovering magical scenes where boulders blanketed in lush green mosses rest beneath as yet unleafed oak and maple trees, and the most delicate … Continue reading

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My New Shade Garden

On the north side of the south fence is where I planted a lovely shade garden, replete with rhododendron, hydrangea, ferns, hosta and other woodland beauties.  I call it Jodi’s Garden, after my wonderful sister who contributed much hard labour … Continue reading

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