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The Shade Garden hides behind the grouping of Myrica pensylvanica, northern bayberry, at the back of the Butterfly Garden.
It was planted in the spring of 2011 after covering the grass with multiple layers of newspaper and mulch to suppress growth of weeds and grass. The plantings in this garden represent shade-tolerant plants that have variegated or colorful leaves, many of which are evergreen so that the garden does not disappear during the winter as a collection of hosta does. We are trying to use as many native plants as possible and these are labeled as such with the letter "N" on the signage.
A group of shade-tolerant ground covers are being planted under the group of large oak trees on the hill behind the conifer garden. Both Tiarella, foam flower and Asarum canadense, Canada wild ginger have been installed to date, plus several patches of Hyacinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebell or wood hyacinth.
Photos by Mary D. Coyne