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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Sizing

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

Color

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

 

Sun

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.

Watering

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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:

 

Sizing

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

Color

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

 

Sun

Thrives in part shade to full sun areas.

Bloom Times

Blooms throughout the summer

Watering

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:

 

Sizing

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

 

Color

Colors vary. Choose your favorite!

 

Sun

Full shade to partial sun

 

Bloom Times

Late Spring to Early Summer

Watering

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:

 

Sizing

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

Color

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

Sun

Loves part full to partial shade.

Bloom Times

Dramatic foliage color.

Watering

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil.

Pre-order today, get your plants by April 9th!

If your eager to get started, click on any of the links above to reserve your plant! We’ll make sure it gets to your closest Wasson location for pick up on April 9th. At Wasson Nursery we’re here to help you build a better backyard!