The Ultimate Spring Planting Guide: Shady Space Perennials

The Ultimate Spring Planting Guide: Shady Space Perennails

Spring is almost here and we are ECSTATIC for another spring planting season. You may not know it yet, but 2018 is your year for the landscape you’ve always wanted because we’re here to help guide you along the way.

This is the first of a multipart series where our experts give you their insider tips on which plants will thrive in your yard. Today, we’re going to start with your shady spaces.

Areas shadowed by trees, your home or fencing can provide a challenge when it comes to picking a gorgeous plant, but don’t fret! You have options!

Here are our top 4 shade lovin’ plants for your yard!

1. Hostas

Pauls Glory

Hostas are a shade favorite with hundreds of variations and sizing ranging from 12 inches to four feet.

Our pick is the Pauls Glory, otherwise known as the Plantain Lilly. It’s beautiful, low-maintenance and works in your bed or in a container. It’s green-blue fringed leaves and gold-to-white centers make for a beautiful pop of color in your shade space.


Here’s what you need to know about the “Pauls Glory”:

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It’s an easy grower that gets to be two feet tall and spreads 3-4 feet.


Boasts a chartreuse and blue-green color that brightens to gold as season progresses



Loves part to full shade and thrives in well-drained soil (but can handle a little sun).

Bloom Times

Blooms in mid summer with lavender flowers.


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2. Coral Bells

Plum Pudding, Caramel

Coral Bells have a broad palette of color, which makes them an easy favorite for all of us at Wasson Nursery. They’re easy to grow and can do well in sun or shade (but too much sun can burn the leaves), and grow well in the Indiana clay soil.

The plum pudding and caramel combo is a stunning choice for any yard. The dark sleek leaves of the plum pudding pairs amazingly with the caramel’s light gold and peachy tones.


Here’s what you need to know about the Coral Bell:



Moderate: grows to be 24 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide.


The Plum Pudding black leaves contrast well with the Caramel gold & peach tones.



Thrives in part shade to full sun areas.

Bloom Times

Blooms throughout the summer


Weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

3. Astible

Can you say spring blooms? These showy flowers have fern-esque foliage help add some color to your shady spots.

Why we love them? While many flowers with gorgeous blooms fail in the shade, these guys thrive. They’re the perfect solution for beds that don’t tend to get a lot of sunlight.


Here’s what you need to know about the Astilbe:



Moderate: grows to be 24 in. tall and 18 to 24 in. wide.



Colors vary. Choose your favorite!



Full shade to partial sun


Bloom Times

Late Spring to Early Summer


Water regularly… Once a week or more in extreme heat or container

4. Ferns

Japanese Painted Fern

The Japanese Painted Fern creates a beautiful statement with it silver frond with a touch of blue and deep red stems.

This moderate grower gets to reach about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide and is a great solution for any shade garden.

Here’s what you need to know about the Japanese Painted Fern:



This moderate grower gets to reach about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.


Dark green-blue fronds that fade to silver and deep red stems. 


Loves part full to partial shade.

Bloom Times

Dramatic foliage color.


Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil.

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DIY Pumpkin & Gourd Planters

Pumpkin Flower Planter:

  1. Pick a large pumpkin. Carve the top wide enough to fit a 4-6 inch plant. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin and let it dry.
  2. Insert the plant, leaving it in its nursery pot. It is very important that you leave the pot around the soil. (Remove plant from pumpkin to water, and let all water drain before re-planting. Try not to get any excess water in the pumpkin.)

View Full Circadee Tutorial Here

Pumpkin Succulent Harvest:

This fall decoration is made by glueing moss onto a pumpkin, then glueing various succulent stems onto your moss (no need to cut your pumpkin!) The succulents will begin to grow into the moss, and once your pumpkin deteriorates you can remove the moss and succulent and re-plant it in another container to keep all year round!

Read Full Simply Happenstance Tutorial Here

Gourd Flower Planter

  1. Choose a gourd that is stable enough to stand by itself, and large enough to hold your flower vase. Carve the top wide enough to insert your flower vase, clean out the inside of the gourd and let dry.
  2. Insert the entire vase into the gourd and place your flowers inside the vase.

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Spring Planting Calendar

Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can be direct seeded into your garden around March 15, assuming the ground can be worked, but it’s better to start them indoors around February 16 and then transplant them into the garden around April 6. Do the same with lettuce and spinach.

Plant onion starts and potatoes around February 26. Sow the seeds of peas (sugar snap and english) at the same time. If the ground is still frozen, then plant these as soon as the ground thaws.

Do you want to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants? Start these indoors around February 16. Then, around April 22 you should start watching the weather forecast and, as soon as no frost is forecast, go ahead and transplant those into the ground.

Now, for all the summer vegetables like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around April 26, or if your soil is still very cold, once the soil is near 60° F in temperature.

Have Rose Slugs? Here’s how to get rid of ’em!

Have Rose Slugs? Here’s how to get rid of ’em!

Have lacy holes dotting your rose leaves? You probably have Rose Slugs.

These pesky insects can be hard to spot because their lime green color helps them blend in perfectly with their prey… your roses. They hide underneath the leaves of the plant and eat through them. If left alone, these plants are capable of destroying your roses.

Give your blooms the best chance to survive the attack by grabbing some Sevin, Eight or Bayer Rose & Flower spray.

**Please note that these products can kill off other types of insects in your yard.**

Treat by spraying the top and undersides of the leaves thoroughly, and make sure to keep pets away from the spray as it dries.

Want more great plant tips? Make sure to check out our learning center!

Want a Natural Privacy Fence? Here are 5 Great Options from Wasson Experts!

Want a Natural Privacy Fence? Here are 5 Great Options from Wasson Experts!

Want some separation from the neighbors, but don’t want the hassle or upkeep of a run-of-the-mill fence? There are plenty of ways to create that privacy you want with some beautiful greenery! Here’s a list of 5 plants that our experts recommend to create a natural privacy fence!

1. Emerald Green Arborvitae

These hardy trees are dark green in color and stay that way all year round. Just plant them 3ft. apart for a neat hedge! Emerald greens resist the snow and ice and are among the thickest evergreens you can plant.

There are plenty of opportunities available for this adaptable tree, so pick one up in our Garden Center today to get that natural barrier you are looking for!

2. Buckthorne Fine Line

This noninvasive shrub grows in a columnar shape, and its wispy appearance will add some texture to your landscape. Dark green in color, the Buckthorne Fine Line grows to be 5-7 ft. tall but only 2ft. wide, making it ideal for those with limited space requirements.

This versatile tree will add a nice vertical accent that you’re sure to enjoy for years to come!

3. European Hornbeam Trees

Looking for privacy in tight places? The European Hornbeam Tree is for you! This tree thrives in full to partial sun and tolerates most soils conditions. These trees will get big… 40 ft. tall and 25 ft. wide kind of big.

Otherwise, this tree easy to care for and can even survive urban conditions!

4. Cypress Trees

If you want a fast-growing tree to line your yard, the Cypress is for you. They grow at a rate of 3-5 ft. a year, and they have a higher tolerance to pests and diseases than other evergreens. These trees can get to be 40-60 ft. tall and 20-25 ft. wide., which makes them perfect for blocking out the road or your neighbor’s yard!

Just put these trees in the full sunlight and well-draining soil to watch them grow. Little to no maintenance required!

5. Sky Pencil Hollies

These narrow, columnar shrubs can be used to create a traditional hedge or to create a loose border that features variety of different plants. The Sky Pencil Holly will retain its shape without pruning, but pruning might be required if you want to keep the shrub from growing too high.

This shrub can reach up to 10 ft. tall but will maintain a narrow width.

Need more help finding the perfect natural privacy screen?

Give us a call at (765) 759-9000! We’ll help you find the perfect fit for your yard!

Add a Splash of Fall Color to Your Porch this Season. Create a stunning Fall Pot!

Add a Splash of Fall Color to Your Porch this Season. Create a stunning Fall Pot!

Its finally starting to cool off outside and that means that Fall is in full swing! If you’re like us, you probably love a good fall pot. Getting the perfect fall look isn’t that hard, just follow these tips from the Wasson Experts. You’ll create a stunning pot in no time and hopefully have a little fun along the way!

Pick the right plants!

Fall annuals are in bloom and are a great addition to any fall pot! Pick out your favorite color of mum or pansy to add a splash of vibrancy to your pot. You can then use cabbage and kale to fill in you pot with some deep green color.

The most import component of a great fall pot is creativity so feel free to add a pumpkin or gourd to accent your plants.

How to plant in your pot

Make sure to remove the packaging pots your plants came in. If your plants are covered in roots, rip off the outside covering before planting in your soil. This makes sure that your roots can dig into your soil and truly thrive. Be sure not to plant your plants too deep into the pot.

Have fun!

Spice up your pot with a personal touch! You can add Indian Corn, Mini Bales or anything your heart desires to make your pot truly pop! Need help finding inspiration? Come talk to us! Our staff is here to help answer your questions and give pointers as you dive into the fall planting season.

Looking for a place to pick up your fall pot essentials? Check out Wasson Nursery! We’ve got the plants and the expertise you’ve known and trusted for 40 years. Happy Planting!

What light does your houseplant need? Here’s what you need to know.

Light Conditions for Happy  Houseplants

Plants help indoor spaces feel more inviting and really ‘warm’ up a room. Welcome to a 2 part weekly dirt about the most important factors in raising happy healthy little houseplants. The two biggest factors are appropriate amounts of Light and Water. Light basically provides the energy that plants need to survive. Through photosynthesis, the plant takes in light to convert and store as energy in the form of leaves, stems, blooms, roots… you get the point. Some common signs of ‘light issues’ are… • Pale dropping leaves, and stretched stems usually are signs of a plant not getting enough light • Scorched (sections of the leaf turn white) leaves or browning, withering are signs of a plant getting too much light.


Most often you’ll see the following recommendations “low light, bright light and direct/indirect”… But what do these recommendations mean? Here’s the break down.

Low Light

When a plant requires low light, bathrooms and Bedrooms typically are typically good places to find a home it. You can also place them in a room with north facing or east facing windows.

Bright Light

Plants with bright light recommendations need A LOT of light. Some great rooms in your house would include kitchens, entryways, sunrooms and living rooms. Overall, just find a space with a lot of windows and you will be just fine.

Indirect Light

Indirect lighting can seem like a vague descriptor for new houseplant owners. What this means is you just need to place the plant in a room, but not directly in front of a window

Direct Light

For direct light, sit your plant directly in a window or near a florescent light, grow light. What about Light bulbs? Do they help? -Regular incandescent or LED – Not really helpful -Florescent lights – Yes. They provide ‘full spectrum’ wavelengths on light.

Simple shadow Test:

Hold your hand out and look for the shadow. Barely see a shadow = a need for low light, High contrast shadow with clear defined edges = a need for high light.


*Natural light from windows is always directional, meaning lights comes from one direction. Plants respond by turning or bending leaves and stems toward the light source. So it’s a good idea to rotate them once a week to keep the shape. *Plants can adjust from different light conditions. Be most careful when adjusting from low light to high light. you’ll get withered leaves, scorched leaves and this may severely damage the plant. Use 2-4 week period of gradually moving the plant to be safe. *Most plants sold as “large foliage plants” need low light