Just because you have a shady garden does not mean you have to sacrifice color. Here’s an idea for a colorful flower bed for half shade that will look stunning from early spring to late fall. Some of the color comes from blooms but don’t underestimate what plant foliage and texture can bring to a bed!
This combination will do fine up to Swedish hardiness zone 4 which is the equivalent to US zone 5ish.
We had our first frost of the year. Night temperature went down to 25 °F (-4°C).
The garden looked different this morning. The feeling of greenery and lushness has begun to disappear. While most of the perennials are still hanging in there, they have changed shape and color during just one night.
I’m happy to have a lot of winter interest in the garden. Heucheras, Hallabores, Yews, Boxwoods – all of them keep their shape and most of their color all year round.
The hostas though will disappear altogether. They will leave empty whole in the flower bed. I haven’t figured out what to put there. Any ideas?
It’s hard to describe how beautiful the Japanese forrest grass is with just a photo. The picture is still while the beauty of this grass lies in its movement. When the wind blows it looks almost like these settle green waves flowing around in the garden.
I’ve planted it together with Heucheras for contrast. The combination makes both the plants stand out.
Hakonechloa gets 12-18 in. (30-45cm) tall and 18-24 in. (45-60cm) wide. It prefers part shade, although in my garden it gets only 3-4 h of sun. It’s a slow starter and grows very slowly for the first two years. Year three it takes off and proves it was well worth the wait!
My plants are three years old so they have just begun to do their thing.