Weekend Gardener

Blog based on my best-selling ebook "The Weekend Gardener"- The Busy Persons' Guide To A Beautiful Backyard Garden by Victor K. Pryles

Monday, October 09, 2006

Help For Shady Gardens

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)

If you like to use flowering perennials, but much of your garden is very shady here is a tip for you.

Even plants described as shade lovers need SOME light to grow, and plants that must produce flowers need more light than those that don't.

If conditions are really gloomy, you'll be better off concentrating on things like ferns and mosses.

But if the area does get at least some filtered light, and is reasonably moist, you can try:

toad lillies (Tricyrtis spp.)
Kirengeshoma palmata
fringed bleeding hearts (Dicentra eximia)
Corydalis lutea

They all do well in these deeply shaded, yet somewhat lighted areas.

Victor K. Pryles
"The Weekend Gardener"