A shade garden in Toronto
Why I love Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra "Aureola") It's been a topsy-turvy kind of summer so far in Toronto. We're experiencing cooler temperatures now, mercifully, after being blasted with humidex readings of over 40 over most of a week. Not very comfortable working conditions! So when you're able to work in the shade during a heatwave and the scene looks like this below, it's really not too bad. I first posted about this shade garden in a post titled "Green is a colour too, in…
With its tall wispy wands of lavender or blue flowers and grey-green silvery foliage, Russian sage, a hardy perennial, is a great addition to a garden as it can act as a specimen plant or provide great contrast to other plants with its texture and color.
Oxalis crassipes Rosea
Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea' is an amazing bulbous perennial that produces a 10" tall x 1' wide perennial clump of trifoliate green leaves topped with hundreds of small pink flowers. In cool climates, the flowering starts in early May (NC) and continues until frost but in hot summer climates, the plant goes dormant once the weather warms and remains dormant until the weather cools in fall and flowering resumes.
Planting Tuberous Begonias - Bulb Blog | Gardening Tips and Tricks | Learn Planting Techniques | Bulbs and Perennial Information
Brilliant Begonias! The next type of spring-planted bulbs we’re going to focus on is the Tuberous Begonia. Known for their wonderful ability to grow in the shade, small habit and lush green foliage, these tubers make great addition to shady gardens and borders. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in your garden, as well as...Read More
Alyssum - A short, fragrant mass of tiny flowers, often white or purple. It takes partial shade to full sun (read the plant label). Plant this anywhere you want a frothy, low-growing carpet to edge flowerbeds, ramble around rocks, border a flowerbed, or fill in around other plants.
Achillea Walter Funcke -- Bluestone Perennials
Achillea Walter Funcke - Common name:Yarrow, Sneezewort - A multitude of brick-red flowers age to rusty terracotta copper orange, then creamy yellow on each plant. Fragrant silver-gray foliage on this upright grower complements the showiness of Walter Funcke. This easy care selection will add interesting color contrast when paired with ornamental grasses. Road salt tolerant.
Astilbe (False Spirea): a genus of 18 species of rhizomatous flowering plants, within the family Saxifragaceae, native to mountain ravines and woodland in Asia and North America. Some species are commonly known as false goat's beard, and false spirea. These hardy herbaceous perennials are cultivated by gardeners for their large, handsome, often fern-like foliage, and dense, feathery plumes of flowers. They are widely adapted to shade and water-logged conditions. They tolerate clay soils.