A few shady plant picks

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I know it’s going to take a few years, but I am systematically replacing much of the grass on my property with gardens. I’m still filling in a hot, sunny patch from last year, but I’ve started planning for a shady, woodland-type garden at the back end of my property. 

In the fabulous foliage department, I have my eye on the new Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’ aka Siberian Bugloss (shown above in the main image). I first saw it in a handout from Heritage Perennials and was taken by its silvery green foliage. Apparently it produces sprays of blue Forget-me-not-type flowers in the spring. I also like the long, elegant leaves and colouring of a hosta called ‘Cool as a Cucumber’, which is new this year to the President’s Choice lineup.

It seems as though my list is heavy on the spring bloomers as I’ve also already collected a Helleborus ‘HGC Pink Frost’ from the pickOntario marketplace at Canada Blooms and some Virginia bluebells at a recent native plant sale. And I will probably transplant some Solomon’s seal that is hanging out behind some cedars that no one can currently see.

Helleborus ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Helleborus ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Until I’ve filled everything in with perennials, I will probably add a few of the gorgeous, colourful Rex begonias I spoke about last year.  Now I just need to add a few more shade-loving perennials to my list…

What do you like to plant in the shade?

Main photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA Nurseries, Inc.

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