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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.
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.