I’ve been reconciling myself to the fact that the fig trees, as wonderful as they are, provide too much shade for me to have a yard full of peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and other sun-worshippers.
Fortunately, I’ve found numerous shade-loving plants that I am intrigued by and think might be nice additions to the shady areas around the perimeter of the yard…or even replace some of the sparse grass in some places.
Ellen over at GardenBytes has some great photos of shade gardens (among many other gorgeous things!) Check her out – her site is fantastic.
Here’s one of her shade garden photos that inspired me:
At a recent trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I spotted this little patch of blue that made my heart sing:
Here’s the close up:
Then my brain did the math…plumbaginoides?? Could this ‘Autumn Leadwort’ be one and the same as the Plumbago ground cover that likes shade? I’m hoping so, because Bev, my gardening guru friend back home in PA, might have some for me!! It would make my heart sing to see these little blue flowers in my yard next year!
This weekend I’ll be heading to PA and Bev is sending me home with plants, hoses, seeds, screens, and all kinds of gardening goodies – how lucky am I? I am tingling with excitement!