As the mercury rises ushering in the first days of summer, I appreciate my shade gardens all the more. Here are some pictures of some of the fabulous foliage in my shady backyard.
I feel cooler already, don't you? :-)
This is a picture of one section of the shade garden expansion project I've been working on over the past couple years... in one form or fashion.
Hosta 'Francee' is a new addition to the backyard shade garden.
I know I've said we can't grow hostas in Texas, but the ones with heavily "corrugated" leaves that stand up a little taller do seem to do a little better than some.
It's worth a try!
And another new Hosta called
I'll keep the slug bait handy and hope for the best.
I couldn't resist this Heuchera (Coral Bells) when I saw it at the nursery.
It's called 'Southern Comfort'
The variegated Solomon's Seal survived the transplant to the new garden this spring. This is such a graceful looking plant.
The variegated Cast Iron (Aspidistra elatior) has finally put on new growth after being cut to the ground in February. It suffered severe freeze damage this past winter.
Caladiums are hard to beat for a shady container planting.
Shown here are:
- Red Flash
- Carolyn Whorton
- White Queen
Who needs blooms with leaves like this!
Foliage...it's not just for shade anymore!
'King Humbert' and 'Tropicanna' Cannas love the sun
Variegeted Tapicoa (Manihot esculenta)
can handle blistering, burning sun all day long!
Again, with foliage like this, who needs blooms!
Fernleaf Tansy adds a bright splash of chartreuse color to a container or in the garden...
and it smells good too.
Here's some great container combo foliage: