Your Favorite Shade Garden Beds

hostahillbilly(4)June 9, 2012

Perhaps we could share pics of our favorite shade garden beds, without the pressure of IDing every plant in the shot. Just a general shot of an area of your garden that pleases you.

I'll start:

Welcome Bear Bed

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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Do not have any hosta bed except for three plants at one end of the Teahouse. I like that bed though. It gets morning sun, plus a wee bit of afternoon sun until the shank of the day.

Now the three hosta are to the LEFT at that end of the Teahouse.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:31PM
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mctavish6

Nice to see you posting again HH. Keep the pictures coming.

Moccasinlanding, do you have to take that elephant ear inside in winter? I've been taking one inside and out for 2 years. Last winter it took over the dining room. Next year it may need it's own room entirely.

Here are a couple pictures of my wooded gardens. The first one has Frosted Jade at the front. It taken standing up against the house outside the kitchen window. The living room is to the left.

Zippity Do Dah in the forefront.

Looking deeper into the woods. This is where I'm hoping to work today if it ever stops raining. Do you see the 2 log chairs? They were made by my neighbors kind husband. She's new to the forum and calls herself 'almosthooked' - talk about self-delusion and denial! You should see her gardens in only one year. Myrle

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:26AM
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jan_on zone 5b

This is the deck edge bed with H.'Great Expectations', two 'Liberties', and an 'Elegans' in the back, hobnobbing with some heucheras.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:05PM
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jan_on zone 5b

The 'Shed Bed' was planted last fall in a space vacated by the demise of a play house. These babies are competing with a mature spruce.
Jan

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:08PM
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luckykat13

Here's a couple of my beds. Thanks for viewing:) Gail

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 1:49PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Early morning sun is all this area gets. Pic taken in early spring. One of my favored vignettes.

tj

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:15PM
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hostaLes(5)

This is my initial hosta garden after my move from Arkansas and measure 16 feet deep x 35 feet wide. The Guacamole in the foreground is 50" across.

This is a 3 year old garden being created under an American Black Walnut tree. This year once I get the weeds cleared out of it I hope to improve on the photos. My lawn reflects the mole damage I have had the past 2 years.

Les

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 3:34PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Well,after seeing these garden beds,I wonder if my woodland garden beds look worthy! Here's one of mine. Phil

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:04PM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Mctavish, those are the biggest Great X leaves I have seen to date..

Lots of places to sit and drink a morning coffee in this thread.

its hard to compete with some of your gardens...

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:11PM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

And yet another. Sorry,my beds aren't even in the category of the rest of you! Phil

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:21PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Love looking at other people's gardens and how they have put them together. I get so many ideas for mine, which are always a work in progress.

I decided to plant mostly minis in this bed but they haven't developed enough to be the center of attraction. The hosta in the center is 'Grand Tiara' which probably should have been divided this spring. Oh well, there's always next year.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:30PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

This is the first year I've actually liked 'Guacamole' since some variegation has developed. I was also going to divide the three 'Wolverine' in the picture. Didn't get done. I'm hoping to finally be able to divide Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate', which doesn't seem to be as invasive as the others (white, blue, especially fuschia).

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:40PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Don't really know why I find this section of the garden more pleasing - probably the blues which are restful to the eyes.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:47PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

HostaFreak, either your green vase shrank or Sagae and his companions are dwarfing it! The hail did not do any lasting damage after all.

Wha-choo mean, yours do not compare......mine are all reckless abandon, and yours are elegant.

I recall the first views of LuckyCat13's beds and see how they've filled in, and I make a mental note: we all have different ideas of what a garden should look like, and what amount of time we can spend making it look the way we like.
Those are some very straight and clean borders, the lawn is comprised of lush dense grass, and I am envious. However, I can admire this and not try to emulate it.

Seems I remember HostaLes had a downed maple tree somewhere in the Maple Garden. You'd never know it by looking at that photo though. Glad to see Theresa's Angel Garden, but where is the whiskey barrel? Am I confused again?

TsugaJunkie and JanOn use those red leaved plants so beautifully, it sets off the hosta very well. I like the red lacy Japanese maple, and all those nice heuchera.

Irawon, you make me almost think about NOT pulling up the tradescantia that grows prolifically and WILDY in my yard. It really looks like a flower for your space.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:10PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Sometime the best combination plantings that you like happen by accident. The only hostas that were planned are the green ones in the back which I've had forever. I like 'June' in front of 'Halcyon' the parent. The miniature iris just happened to be there before.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:17PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

This corner of my bed in front of m. 'Aureomarginata' was supposed to be the risque corner, 'Striptease' with 'Hanky Panky' and 'Illicit Affair'. IA didn't live up to my expectations.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:22PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

Can you tell I love 'Dream Queen'

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:32PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

'Risky Business' is doing well in this location. So is the dandelion bottom left.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:59PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

This pathway happened by accident when I extended a bed to meet up with a lonely Weigela 'Red Prince 'stuck out in the lawn all by itsel. The extension was a lasagna bed and the field rock was used to anchor the newspapre layers under top soil. I've found that sedum is more shade tolerant than I was led to believe.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:05PM
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irawon(5a Ottawa)

The grass between the bench and the mature hostas wasn't growing well, so I added a pathway with left-over interlocking blocks. i would have preferred more natural stone but what the heck, I can always replace them in future. Scotch grass around pavers has really grown well for me and I like the effect.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:16PM
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hostaLes(5)

As it now looks, and new plantings are starting. Two Serendipity are to be moved up to the new front, a Stained Glass is planted(looks kind of tiny and lonely doesn't it), a Fried Green Tomatoes is waiting inmy Morning Glory Garden to be moved in, etc. The sunny North end(nearest) will be anchored with adrift of three plantaginea. The closest end will be the fragrant one with a Fragrant Bouquet to be relocated from the far side.

Moccasin, my Theresa's Angel Garden has the Grecean Urn. The whiskey barrel is outside my kitchen window with a piece of the hose that tripped me up used as a long straw (NEVER take me serious!).

Maybe by the next time we are posting our favorite gardens my NEW "Maple Garden" and GROWN-UP "Theresa's Angel Garden" will be ready.

Les

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:39PM
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garybr

I love seeing all the different gardens! Very inspiring. Here's one of my gardens.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:34PM
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melati(5)

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mbug_gw

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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Jan, where in Ontario do you live?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:46AM
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mbug_gw

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 3:30PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Paula - I live in London, but I grew up in Blackstock, not too far from you in Uxbridge.
Love your gargoyle - he looks pretty serious about his job of watching over the hostas!
Jan

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:59PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

What marvelous gardens you all have!

Phil, your gardens are always favorites of mine and an inspiration-ever since I first discovered this forum!

I will try to get a couple of pics when I get home from school tomorrow. Mine don't hold a candle to any of yours and I have way more weeds, but I feel like I am sort of getting there (wherever there is!).

I love this thread!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:27PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Jan, I lived in Port Perry for 12 years. When my kids were little they played hockey at the arena in Blackstock. One of my closest friends lives in St. Thomas.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:31PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Paula - We're practically related!!!
Jan

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:09PM
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Hostarina(7B)

Oh, I hope you two make plans to meet & swap hosta!
...Delicious thread. Here are two views of my pot ghetto !

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:43PM
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mbug_gw

hostarina...both look stunning!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:02PM
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coll_123(5)

I have really enjoyed this thread and seeing shots of whole or partial beds as opposed to individual plants. I think anyone with a shade garden is lucky- i was driving home this afternoon, noticing some "sun" gardens along the way. No thanks! Flowers are nice...while they bloom. But I'll take foliage plants any old day of the week.

Here are a few of mine in recent days

Aruncus in full bloom

other side of that bed, with Regal Splendor and Thunderbolt

my newest bed in progress in the back corner

first bed of my garden

This one is filling out...probably gonna be too full soon

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:00PM
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rmac78

A little Sun Power hanging around some full sun plants

Ryan

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 1:00AM
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