It's also a good idea to amend heavy clay soil by mixing in sand and vegetative matter.
Some of us enjoy the serenity of gardens under large shade trees, but trees suck up a lot of moisture...
Deep-rooted native plants can absorb many inches of rain per day, dramatically reducing run-off into streets.
An interesting native wildflower that grows naturally in wet meadows is chelone lyonii.
Growing plants in containers is an alternative for those who have no garden space.
In the fall when I look at my garden, and possibly when you look at yours, there are so many things that seem to need a remedy next summer.
Here are some perennial ideas that will add bright touches of color to your shade garden.
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Bristol Fairy' provides an explosion of double white flowers in summer, and grows to 3 feet. Learn more...
Asters are the stars of our September gardens, and indeed the word aster means ‘star'.
Many white flowers bloom in May, but the tiarella is one of the only ones to bloom so prettily in the shade.