Corner Shade Garden – April 2011

Corner Shade Garden – April 2011

The Corner Shade Garden – April is when it all gets seriously growing. It’s not completely full of hosta foliage since the season has really just begun but as the days pass, the plants will grow, and the garden will fill in very nicely! Looking at the corner shade garden through the arbor you can see a Japanese maple that is completely full of leaves already. Head on is the eyesore of the garden – the heating/AC unit – we have to have it, I just need to find a way to screen it. The rock borders have been collected over the years and added to the corner shade garden and several others.

Immediately to the right as you pass beneath the arbor is the Japanese maple again along with a rain barrel I bought last year (Amazon link). It’s from Fiskars and has done a really nice job of collecting extra water for watering the gardens. I’ve been loading up plastic jugs and bringing them down to the garden shed to water the plants there. I hope to eventually add a rain barrel by the garden shed too. Irises are just to the right and several feet behind the Japanese maple.

Here’s the main part of the corner shade garden. Hostas like ‘Gingko Craig’ and ‘Patriot’ accompany heucheras, Japanese painted ferns, hellebores, an oak leaf hydrangea, astilbe, and Solomon’s Seal.

These two ajuga plants used to be just one that I divided in the fall. I’m going to let them fill in around the stepping stones to crowd out any potential weeds and weeds I have! The major culprits in this bed are the chickweed and wild strawberries.

From this position we’re looking out from behind the ‘Constellation’ dogwood back toward the rain barrel.

And a little closer! The Solomon’s Seal is on the left top. The really big hosta on the left came from a plant swap two years ago.  To the right of that hosta is a heucherella called ‘Stoplight’. Heucherellas are hybrids of heucheras and tiarellas (Foamflower).  Most of the heucheras in this garden are ‘Palace Purple’ but there is also some ‘Southern Comfort’ hanging around! With a name like that how could your southern garden not have it?

Plants in the Corner Shade Garden:

  • Oak Leaf Hydrangea
  • ‘Lady in Red’ Hydrangea
  • Astilbe
  • Hostas: ‘Ginkgo Craig’, ‘Patriot’, and several unnamed
  • Hellebores – 2
  • Heuchera: ‘Palace Purple’, ‘Southern Comfort’, ‘Mocha’, ‘Fireworks’
  • Ajuga
  • Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’)
  • Japanese Painted Ferns
  • Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)
  • Pokeweed – those Mockingbirds planted it – time to weed!

What plants are in your shade garden?


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. What a great area with a nice assortment of plants Dave. Your yard and gardens are looking so gorgeously green…have you ever heard of heirloom german tomatoes? A clerk at the local CVS is looking for some seed, I told him I would ask around.

  2. P.S. is it a problem when the clerks at the local stores know you are a gardener? lol

  3. Wow what a selection of plants you've mentioned on your list of shade lovers! Having just moved to a woodland space I value any suggestions!
    Thank you and for leaving me tips on correcting the dl. spacing on my blog!

  4. That is a great bed. Those AC units are a pain. Mine is right by the patio door. Can't miss it.
    I hope your ajuga fills in. Stepping stones look nice with plants softening them.

  5. It's grown a lot Dave and looks very nice. Try the evergreen aucubas to screen the A/C.

  6. That was a very informative post. I can now try some of them. My garden is mostly sunny tho. I think East side in the A.M. is the most shady mostly since my son pruned the overgrow azaleas last yr. They are coming back wonderfully.

  7. I just posted about my heucherella stoplight on my recent post. I just bought mine..aren't they awesome??

  8. Hi, I really like the hosta and skimmia as plants for a shade garden.

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