Shade Plants in the Yard

We have less shade in our yard than we used to.

In winter the perennial border near the street is bare.

We and the neighbors have had to remove at least 7 mature oaks trees which creates a much brighter space.

Also hoping the small pink hydrangea which hasn’t bloomed since its first year will bloom this year.

Nevertheless our perennial shade plants still do very well.

The light green hostas brighten up a shady area and provide contrast to the blue-green varieties.

In addition to variegated hostas we also have both blue-green and spring-green giant-leafed varieties.

The light wispy plant in the middle of the photo is astilbe.

Near the substantial hostas are white astilbes which have a more wispy aspect.

Joe Pye Weed adds color to dappled shade.

In the pink border on the west side and in a small island on the east side grows pink Joe Pye Weed.

Yucca has spearlike leaves and puts forth a flower that looks like a giant asparagus.

Near the Joe Pie Weed is a stand of yucca.  I love all these plants because they are basically self-grooming and return each year to fill in the shaded areas of the yard.

Do you have a favorite shade plant?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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