Green is a color…so is white.

June 10, 2012

Who says you can’t have color in the shade?

From left to right: Climbing hydrangea ( Hydrangea anomala petoliaris) Goats-beard (Aruncus dioicus) White Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis Alba) Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).  Hostas in forefront including ‘Sum and Substance’ and ‘Emerald Tiara’.  Hidden but quite spectacular is a Lily of the Valley (Convallaria) with yellow stripes on the foliage.

All this thrives in dry full shade on the north side of a house.

The blooms on all of these plants last for months. All have spectacular foliage interest, and most have really excellent fall color, especially the Oakleaf hydrangea.  Its leaves will turn crimson red, and it holds its dried flowers through the entire winter.

Want this for your yard?  Call 262/248-7513.

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Danniel June 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

The flowers do look a lot like Astilbe, but that is tall Goatsbeard (latin name Aruncus dioicus). There are other, short varieties of Aruncus, too. All the flowers look kind of like Astilbe.

Unlike Astilbe, however, it takes dry soil conditions. And it is also much taller!

Chinese Astilbes will take much dryer conditions than the arendsii hybrids, but not nearly as dry as Goatsbeard.

Happy shade gardening.


Anonymous June 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Is the white flower Astilbe?


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