I like to take pictures. I take a lot of pictures of bugs, and of flowers. I take the pictures of bugs because they can help make me a better gardener. I like taking pictures of flowers because they are pretty, it is just as simple as that.
Even though I take a lot of pictures of flowers, I’m not a big flower guy. I’d rather put my time and effort into growing something that will feed me. So practically everything I plant is either food or plants to bring in beneficial insects.
But we have a section of the yard that is in shade and is just a pain to care for. There are shrubs growing there, so it is hard to get to it to mow. So it goes un-mowed for most of the Summer. But that’s brought my neighbors over to cut that section. My wife decided that she wants to tear it up and plant a flower garden. That’s what today’s post is about, her flower garden plan.
Here’s here garden plan for that area. This entire area is outside the fenced portion of the yard. The 15′ side is against the yard, the top side is against our neighbor’s property. The other sides are where the driveway curves around this big of yard. There is a very large pine tree that keeps this in shade for the majority of the day. But she went through some catalogs and picked out plants that love full to partial shade, so it should work.
Those little circles in the upper right corner are an Astilbe mix. These are the tallest of the plants at about 2′ tall. She chose this mix so there is a lot of color to draw the eye. When they are not in bloom, they have a bronze colored leaf. It should look really nice.
Along the back and side edge are Lady Ferns. What can really be said about ferns? They do really well in dense shade. They bring a lot of bright green to the show. These should get between 10″ and 3′ tall, but we will attempt to keep them on the smaller side of that spread.
Next on the map are the boxes with WT in them. These are Widow’s Tears. These are between 18″ and 2′ tall. These have a velvet like flower on them and bloom for the entire summer. I really like the purple and blue flowers.
The circle with BH in them are Fernleaf Bleeding Hearts. These are only 15″ to 18″ tall. The leaves are a lot like fern fronds and the flowers are a pink heart-shaped pendant flower. They bloom from late Spring until first frost.
Last but not least are the little X near the bottom of the garden map. These are Lily of the Valley. They don’t get taller than about 10″. The little white flowers cover the plant every spring.
I think this will look great. She layered the plants so the smaller plants are not hidden behind the larger plants. They are all shade loving plants, so should get plenty of light under that tree. I’m really happy that she went with all perennial plants. All married men know that when their wife says that she if going to plant a garden that it really means that she is going to do the directing and the husband will do a lot of the manual labor. Since she went with perennials, that means I won’t need to plant this area every year. We will need to keep it sculpted as we like it, but that is less work than planting it again. If it turns out as well as I think it will, I’m going to put her to work planning another corner of the yard that is under a large maple tree.