The Shade Garden
These are tulips that I planted last fall. I can't find the name for them. Dang, I really need to get organized! I do try to save all the bulb packages and plant tags so that I can figure out what things are later in case I lose track, but now I have to try and figure out where I put them all.
These are Shavakski's ligularia (Ligularia prezwalskii). I had so much trouble growing ligularia at first. I killed two Othellos and nearly killed this ligularia. Then I tried watering the bejeezus out of them. Ta-Da! I still have to water them through the really hot summer months because the tree keeps a lot of the rain from ever reaching the plants underneath, plus the tree is a water hog, but it is worth the extra work. Besides, it's nice to sit on the bench with the mister going on a hot day.
These are also ligularia- Dark Leaf (or Othello?). Love them! They have Tim Burtonish daisy-like flowers which are really nice, but mainly grew this for the awesome foliage.
Maidenhair ferns are one of my personal favorites. I love their jet black stem and the airy, tropical looking fronds. My horse loved to eat these, so they are also a little tribute to her.
Ferns. Love em! This is the Japanese painted fern. It is a slow grower, but then again, so are my other ferns. SSB (my husband) really loves ferns, so I see more ferns in this garden's future. Also, there are purple sorrels in here. I saved them from a work site several years ago and am really glad to see that they have taken to their new home. They really seem to like this fern, because this is the only place they are growing now; nestled in with the fern.