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Juniper Level Botanic Gardens: Front Shade Garden


The Front Shade Garden is the oldest part of the Garden, where Tony Avent first started planting his rare and unusual perennials for display and trial. This lovely garden possesses four seasons of interest, but late winter/early spring is its real-time to shine. The garden also includes a grotto and a man-made waterfall that provided the background soundtrack of water, instead of road noise. Follow the meandering paths that feature many plants, including Hostas, Hellebores, Trilliums, Trout Lilies, Ferns, Camellias, Azaleas, Rohdea (Sacred lilies), Aspidistras, Asarum, Cyclamen, Mayapples, Phlox, Orchids, and so many more plants.

Photograph A: As you walk down this shady path, you will find yourself walking under the arching branch of the Quercus nigra (water oak). Your eyes fall upon the Dryopteris australis (Dixie Wood Ferns) straight ahead in their upright glory. Brunnera macrophylla is on the near left before passing the arch, and the Arisaema ringens (otherwise known at the Japanese Cobra Lily) are pictured here with their trifoliate leaves. So many unusual shady plants to find throughout this lovely garden.