- On May 1, 2013
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I have fallen in love with shady gardens, I think it’s a novelty thing – the vast majority of our garden is open and sunny but recently I’ve developed a few shady areas. Any excuse for new plants, although mostly I have pinched bits and pieces from elsewhere – sweet woodruff, aquilegia, foxgloves, ladys mantle, japanese anemones, ferns and some bulbs that I had in pots. I also want to move some lily of the valley.
I have three epimediums in the garden – Sulphureum, warleyense and rubrum – they are all beautiful – you have to get close to the flowers to really appreciate them…they are low maintenance – cut the old leaves away in late winter, don’t feed them, just lightly mulch with leaf mould and wait….day by day I can’t help but check on their progress – the flowers emerge from the base of the plant and unfurl as they open….so delicate. Plants For Shade is a great website to inspire you when planting a shady area.
This lovely photo is from Edrom Nurseries who also specialise in shady plants and post to Northern Ireland.