Virtues: Chinese mayapple, or Podophyllum pleianthum, has large leaves that lend bold texture to the shade garden. This perennial has an edge over US-native mayapples because it usually keeps its foliage all through summer, up to the first frost, while native … Read Article
Virtues: We love variegated Solomon’s seal for its lily-esque fragrance and showy flowers. This plant is easy to care for as well as deer and rabbit resistant. Perfect for shade gardens and cutting, with variegated leaves great for flower arrangements.
Virtues: Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ can be described as splotchy as well as spikey. The tapered leaves are long and speckled with deep purple and the flowers climb up spikes held well above the foliage. A cultivar of fairy wings, or barrenwort, … Read Article
Virtues: Surefire Begonia comes in a red and rose variety. This bedding annual doesn’t require much, if any, pruning, and deer aren’t very fond of it. This plant is colorful throughout the summer and fall, blooms persistently and requires no deadheading. … Read Article
Virtues: Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’ is easy on the eyes with the creamy pinks and peaches of its changeable flowers. In late spring, ‘Percy Wiseman’s’ many flowers fade to ivory. This plant serves well as an accent shrub standing at most 4 … Read Article
Virtues: Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in part shade and will tolerate full sun. It’s a variegated selection of a wildflower native to much of eastern North America that pops up in moist woodlands. Continuously … Read Article
Virtues: Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) is loved for its textural, variegated leaves that can add color and interest to shade gardens. These two new cultivars, ‘Sea Heart’ (bottom image) and ‘Silver Heart’ (top image) offer improved heat and humidity tolerance. … Read Article
When it comes to designing a garden, choosing the right plants for the right spots can be a little daunting. You have to consider sizes, shapes, colors, textures, form and maintenance. However, once you have the perfect plants selected for … Read Article
Virtues: We love Asarum canadense for its velvety, heart-shaped rich green foliage that grows pleasantly low to the ground in shady locations—making the perfect groundcover for shade gardens under trees. In spring, a solitary dark, reddish-brown flower blooms close to … Read Article
Virtues: We love Gold Collection Hellebores for their beautiful outward-facing, long-lasting blooms that fill homes and gardens with an abundance of elegant color in the long, cold months of winter and early spring.
Virtues: We love jack-in-the-pulpit for its striking and bizarre flower structure, which gives rise to its common name. This perennial also offers visual interest after its spring flowers fade.