Shade plants looking HORRIBLE
Garden Type: Shade
Sunlight: Partial sun for 3 hours in morning and 3 in afternoon
Soil type: Clay with good quality manure, peat and top soil tilled in
Plants: Astible "Europa", Huechera, Japanese Fern, Japanese Dwarf Maple, Hosta "Patriot"
Now that I have those out of the way.... I planted my first shade garden 4 weeks ago. Tilled the soil 12" deep and mixed clay soil with topsoil, compost and peat. Planted all plants and water heavily the day of for approximately 1 hour. Watered everyday over the next 2 weeks for about an hour each day. Days have been typically 70-90 degrees. I first noticed the Astible leaves were starting to curl and the Hosta leaves were starting to have small cracks. I suspected not enough water so I increased watering. Plants looked worse and worse and now the Astible leaves have all curled and started to turn brown. Hosta leaves are severly cracked and starting to have holes in them. The leaves on the japanese maple are also starting to brown on the tips. I dug a square foot of soil up tonight and the soil didnt seem to moist or too dry. I havent watered for the past 4 days in fear that I was overwatering the plants. I am at my wits end as what to do. Any suggestions? I took several pictures but have been unable to upload them to this site. Any help would be greatly appreciated.