Blog Posts - Shade Garden

Coleus - Gorgeous, Versatile and Easy to Grow

'Pineapple Splash' Coleus - photo by Jan JohnsenI have had a love affair with coleus ever since I grew it in plastic pots on a windowsill in a small New York city apartment as a teenager.Back then there were maybe 6 varieties of coleus avai...
by serenity in the garden on Feb 13, 2016

Spring Shade Garden 2015

 Hello! Oh my gosh, it feels like it has been forever since I've had the time to write.  It has been a whirlwind two weeks. We celebrated Mother's Day a week early by spending a day working in the yard at my mom and dad's home because I had...
by SerendipityRefined on May 18, 2015

What To Plant In a Partial Shade Garden?

This content was originally taken from the website Click the link to go to the website that created this original content... - DIY Projects / Tips / Tricks / Ideas / Repair I have a medium sized garden area.
by Remove and Replace on May 11, 2015

Chasmanthium 'River Mist' - WOW!

click here to get chasmanthium River Mist This lovely variegated cultivar of the ornamental grass - Northern Sea Oats 'River Mist' -  really brightens up a light shady spot. Chasmanthium is a native N. American clump forming grass.  I...
by serenity in the garden on May 4, 2015

Hellebore - A Great Plant for Shade that Deer Don't Eat

photo by Didier Willery What is evergeen, deer resistant, thrives in shade, has flowers and comes back every year?You could answer Andromeda (Pieris) - but it doesn't really like shade.Perhaps you answered Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass...
by serenity in the garden on Apr 26, 2015

Solomon's Seal - Deer Resistant, Shade Lover

'Angel Wings' Variegated Solomon's Seal This morning, I was  talking to someone in my town who had shade in their yard and deer  problems..and I suggested Variegated Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’) to them..
by serenity in the garden on Apr 25, 2015

Limelight Hydrangea and 'little Lime' Hydrangea - Great Plants!

Limelight Hydrangeas in one of my landscapes - Jan Johnsen   I love the tall 'Limelight' Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight')  for its beautiful and reliable white/lime green flowers, fast growth and easy care. You cannot...
by serenity in the garden on Apr 21, 2015

Deer-Resistant Shade Plant - 'Luxuriant' Bleeding Heart

'Luxuriant' Bleeding Heart - Stoneridge Nursery     If you love the lacy look of deer resistant Bleeding Hearts but wish that they lasted beyond spring then you are in luck!  The cherry-red hearts of 'Luxuriant' Fringed Bleed...
by serenity in the garden on Apr 19, 2015

Spicy Wasabi - cool summers required.

source - Pacific Coast wasabiWasabi has found its way into a broad range of culinary applications, lending zing to traditional sauces, dressings, rubs, cocktails, even ice cream!Have shade? Not to fear - Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) grows on cool,...
by serenity in the garden on Apr 12, 2015

'Sun King' Aralia - Bold and Stunning in Part Shade

  Sun King Aralia - photo by Wayside gardens A shrub for part shade, Aralia cordata ' Sun King', grows 3' - 5' tall and wide and is a great companion to Hosta. Many sources say it is deer resistant - so maybe it is....Aralia Sun K...
by serenity in the garden on Jan 27, 2015

Got Shade? 'Moonlight' Japanese Hydrangea Vine

source: The Plant Hunter Got shade?Try 'Moonlight' Hydrangea Vine! (Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight') Zone: 5 - 9  Height: 180"I just planted this vine against a stone wall in a very shady site.  It tolerates part to full s...
by serenity in the garden on Jun 17, 2014

'Dancing Queen' Hosta - Garden Photo of the Day

from Hostas Direct click here   'Dancing Queen' is a true yellow Hosta that will stand out in any shade garden.  This large, wide Hosta is exquisitely quilted and has bright gold leaves in spring that turn a lighter shad...
by serenity in the garden on Jun 9, 2014

'Angel Wing' Variegated Solomon's Seal - Photo of the Day

photo courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery  The wonderful Plant Delights nursery has introduced a sport of one of my favorite plants, the variegated fragrant Solomon's seal  (named the 2013 Perennial Plant of the...
by serenity in the garden on May 14, 2014

Garden Tips, How to Make Vine Grow Properly

Having the vines on the wall of the house will make the house look more beautiful. To find out how where how to grow good vines refer to the following reviews. Having plants that propagate on the house wall or fence will make the home look more beaut...
by Home Garden Air on Feb 7, 2014

Buttercup Winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) - An Early Spring Beauty

What blooms earlier than forsythia, has a delicate fragrance and is an easy-to-care for  compact delight ?  That is also hardy to USDA Zones 6-9 and native to Japan and Taiwan?Photo by Richie Steffen - Great Plant PicksButtercup winterhazel...
by serenity in the garden on Feb 2, 2014

Photo of the Day - Moss in the Landscape

Ben Young, landscape architect, used different varieties of moss in this serene landscape. The different colors and textures are provided by a variety of moss, specifically, cushion moss, hair cap, rock cap and some sheet moss.   They are growin...
by serenity in the garden on Nov 27, 2013

'Limelight' and 'Little Lime' Hydrangea - Great Shrubs for Any Garden

Limelight Hydrangea and Silk Tassels grass (Carex morrowii var. temnolepis 'Silk Tassel')   I love the tall 'Limelight' Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight')  for its beautiful and reliable white/lime green flowers, fast growth and...
by serenity in the garden on Sep 2, 2013

Variegated Solomon's Seal - 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

  Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ The 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year is Award is Variegated Solomon’s Seal. It is a native, is deer resistant and loves shade. This award is a big deal for this shady woodland gem... Variegated...
by serenity in the garden on Jun 1, 2013

Shade Garden Design

Shade Garden DesignFrom Overgrown Mess to My Backyard Escape and How to Make concrete stepping stonesWhen my husband and I first picked out our lot, there was nothing but a huge hay field that backed up to an overgrown wooded area. It was hard to ima...
by Polka dots & Pooches on May 10, 2013


I've shared our little kitchen garden loads of times, so you know how much I love it. But what I never really liked was how it looked so new in the yard. It jutted out in the space instead of blending more seamlessly into the yard.  Last...
by Designing Domesticity on Jun 7, 2012

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