December 1, 2022
Do you love the graceful texture of ornamental grasses, but have a shady site? Hakone grass or Variegated Forest Grass is a choice plant for such a site. Provided this grass receives adequate moisture and shade it is a star performer creating waterfalls of long slender blades that beautifully arch together in one direction. The variegated lime green to yellow foliage shows best color in part to full shade and will change based on the amount of sunlight it receives. Variegated Forest Grass does spread through rhizomes, but is not considered invasive so expect it to pleasantly fill the space it is planted in. It is easily managed through division as needed. Variegated Forest Grass offers a great texture contrast against Hosta and goes well planted alongside Astilbe, Coralbells, Boxwood, and Yews.
Shade gardens, along borders, in massings
Named “Hosta of the Year” in 2001, June hosta is one of our favorites to add to a shady garden.
Caradonna salvia, a member of the Sage family, is a medium size perennial that grows in clumps, has gray-green foliage, and reaches about 12 inches in height.
If you are looking for a versatile, low maintenance, fuss-free shrub, look no further. Low scape hedger chokeberry offers this and more.
Lenten roses, also known as hellebore hybrids, offer color and beauty to an early spring landscape.