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Front Shade Garden Project

Sunday was such a beautiful day we spent it working on our new shade garden. We really started the project in the Fall by setting newspaper and leaf mulch on the grass to kill it – and it worked perfectly.  All I had left to do was till the soil (with a shovel) and remove any roots.  It already had plenty of worms and organic matter from the leaves and  newspaper.

Added slate under the Apple Arbor & tilled the soil under the Saucer Magnolia

I started the planting by moving shade tolerant plants from other spots in the garden. I added a Camellia, Azalea, 4 Hydrangeas and a Juniper bush (yes I kept it). Then I divided plants in other parts of the garden and added them here, including five variegated evergreen Irises, over 30 Heuchera and a couple Red Twig Dogwood cuttings (I’m experimenting).

To fill in the blanks, I purchased a couple plants too. They’re still hiding so don’t expect to see anything yet. I planted 4 Hosta ‘Avocado’, 4 Hosta ‘Revolution’, 4 Hosta ‘Frozen Margarita’, 4 Hosta ‘Summer Music’, a Hosta ‘Big Daddy’, a Hosta ‘Wolverine’, a Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’, a Heuchera ‘Pino Gris’, 5 Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’, Bleeding Heart ‘Alba’, Darmera peltata, and Astilboides tabularis. Those last two will get really big.

We still need to finish the slate sitting area but at least we have the stones all set out. I’ll post another picture this summer when the garden is showing off.

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  1. Wow! It looks really nice. You did a ton of planting. I hope you’ll show some more pictures when your new plants start popping up.
    We did a big garden project this weekend too, it was perfect weather for it.

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    February 24, 2010
    • I saw your project & can’t wait to see how it turns out! (I can’t wait to see how your pond fills out too).

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      February 25, 2010
  2. Looks like you were very busy, I am picking the spot on the bench, under the arbour, to sit and watch you work, lol.
    Deborah

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    February 25, 2010
    • Deborah, you are too funny! You can sit under my arbor. I’ll sit on your porch and watch you work!

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      February 25, 2010
  3. I`m envious that you can be out working in the garden. Your new garden looks great. I love the shale. It`ll be fun to see this garden throughout spring and summer.

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    February 25, 2010
  4. it looks wonderful. I can’t wait to say the words, I spent most of the day outside, it was so beautiful. We have drifting snow that is supposed to accumulate to 15 inches or so tonight. Yuck.

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    February 25, 2010
  5. It’s going to be gorgeous when all those hostas come in! I had to get rid of a juniper to save the neighbourhood pear trees from pear trellis rust.

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    February 25, 2010

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