Before we purchase new plants for our gardens, we should always read the plant tags carefully.
Mulch helps plants remain healthier and hardier by insulating and reducing weeds.
All meadow rues offer height in a shade garden.
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.