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Shade Garden

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Part Shade Garden


Located in the piedmont region of Durham County, this small garden is in part shade, on the southeast corner of a wooded lot, just about 10-12 feet from the house. It also gets reflected warmth and light from the adjacent driveway and front walk. Although leaves from the daffodil bulbs are present, these did not bloom this year. The Salvia greggii shown in the side view has beautiful cherry-red blooms reliably in spring and summer. It grows vigorously but not invasively, needing a little seasonal pruning now and then. An occasional spring bulb or summer annual helps to add a little seasonal color (like the hot pink Pentas in the summer photo). Beautiful fall red color of this dwarf variant really stands out, while the early spring soft red in new growth is more quiet.

Plants included are: Acer palmatum v. dissectum, Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick', Aquilegia canadensis, Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum', Dryopteris erythrosora, Carex laxiculmus 'Bunny Blue', Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana', Salvia greggii.