Tag Archives: Shade Loving

Hostas for Sale – A Great Idea for Shady City Gardens

Do you have shady spots in your garden? 
Want to plant something that  gives the  space color and light?
Consider getting hostas!  There will be a huge Hosta sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses in Waltham on  Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17th.  There will be thousands of hostas on display.  Colors include creams, golds, blues and mixes.  There will be large-specimen and small plants, along with many new and hard-to-find varieties. Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help you choose the right hostas for your garden.
The greenhouses are located at 185 Lyman Street in Waltham.
For more information, visit www.historicnewengland.org, or call 781-891-1985.
Free admission.


Shade-Loving Jack Frost Named Perennial Plant of the Year

Green heart-shaped leaves with clusters of blue flowers

Photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc

Hello All:
Jack Frost may have missed New England this winter but his leafy namesake has earned top billing as the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year!
I’m definitely putting this plant into my garden because it pretty, hardy and performs best in shady areas.  Need plants with all three traits to thrive in the big, bad city!

The Perennial Plant Association says Jack Frost (Brunnera macrophylla) sprouts clusters of blue forget-me-not blossoms from mid to late spring above silvery, heart-shaped leaves.  Sounds lovely and looks great!
The Association calls Jack a real “scene stealer” and suggests that it be placed:Silvery, heart-shaped leaves

  • along the front of a shade border.  The silver coloring lights up a darker garden from spring to fall.
  • in a shade container.  It grows 12 -15 inches tall and will spread to about 20 inches wide.
  • with other ground cover perennials. Try with hostas, ferns, epimediums, hellebores and heucheras.  These like shady, moist conditions too.
    Yahoo!  Spring is on its way!