Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.
Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush, is a native multi-stemmed, understory shrub that can grow as wide as it is tall.
The earliest crocus flowers to appear each spring are the pale lavender ones with flimsy petals...
If you need color in your shady woodland garden consider planting Japanese kerria, either as an accent or as a massed shrub border.
Pergolas provide not only walls, but also ceilings, with the possibility of plants growing between the series of horizontal beams, to create shade.
Although their early spring blooms are especially treasured, hellebores are stalwarts in the garden during all seasons.
I have Iteas in both sun and shade in my Midwest garden, and it is one of the few shrubs that will flower in shade.
On this Focus On Flowers, Moya talks about the perfect flowers for your shade garden.
Many white flowers bloom in May, but the tiarella is one of the only ones to bloom so prettily in the shade.
Sometimes there are wet spots in a garden that need permanent plantings to convert a liability into an asset.