Anemonella thalictroides 'Shoaf's Double Pink' --- Lovely double version of the native wildflower Rue anemone. Blooms for 6 weeks in spring, in a dainty 6" by 6" clump with 1" flowers. Likes well-drained woodland conditions. z. 4-8
Puschkinia scillioides --- Puschkinia or striped squill is a tolerant, easy bulb that likes well-drained soil. Light blue flowers with dark stripes do well under deciduous trees or in open woodlands. Height of 8" looks nice over low growers like crocuses or pansies. z. 3-9
Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow Queen --- Large gold columbine with long spurs. Native to the southwest, it dislikes damp & humidity --- grow in an airy, well-drained spot. Easy to start from seed; allow to reseed since plants are not long-lived. Butterflies love it. 18-30" tall & wide. z. 3-9.
Helleborus Wedding Ruffles --- Lovely white hellebore with profuse blooms. As flowers age, they turn pale green. Part to full shade, good drainage. Double hellebores take longer to establish, about 3 years. z. 4-8
Primula veris 'Sunset Shades' ---- Yellow to terracotta to scarlet tones. One of the more perennial and unfussy.primroses. Native to moist but well-drained soil in dappled woodlands. Charming in spring with yellow columbine & blue forget-me-nots. z. 4-8
Growing Herbs & Veggies in part Shade
Helleborus Berry Swirl --- A double orchid pink hellebore. Likes good drainage in fertile, humus rich soil. z. 5-8
Helleborus PDN Violet --- Great new hellebore selection in violet, mauve, lavender tones.
Darmera peltata in fall
Darmera peltata --- Umbrella plant is a bold accent, growing 3-5ft. tall by wide. Leaves are 8-18" wide. Native to the NW, it prefers moist to wet conditions & will tolerate heavy soil. Pink blooms in April; leaves turn gold to red in fall. Striking with ferns & hostas. Part to full shade, z. 5-8.
Siberian iris, hosta, Western shield fern, brunnera, and darmera peltata ---- a great composition of greens
Aucuba japonica Picturata --- Tough and easy -care. Aububas dislike heavy or damp soil.
Aucuba japonica Picturata --- a great selection of the evergreen shrub, with a large golden blotch in each leaf. Aucubas like fertile well-drained soil and are very drought -tolerant. Slow-growing to 5' tall by 4' wide. To 3/4 shade, in z. 7-9.
Lychnis coronata Orange Sherbet ---- A darling plant grown in UK but not much here. Small flowers begin in May and continue much of the summer. Likes a humusy, well -drained soil in light to 3/4 shade; good in a woodland garden. Forms a 1' by 1' mound. z. 5-9
Trachelospermum asiaticum Ogon Nishiki' --- Japanese Star Jasmine, stunning in a large pot. Another variety is 'Summer Sunset,' with best color in dappled to part shade.
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon-nishiki' --- Golden Star Jasmine is a lovely vine with shades of gold, green, and rust. Will grow up a fence or trellis, but also makes a nice groundcover if allowed to sprawl. Fragrant white spring flowers. Grows 6-12" by 10'. Best in a warm slightly sheltered spot. z. 7-10
Astilbe Ostrich Plume --- One of my favorite astilbes, now in bloom. Tall, gracefully arching plumes (36"). Color is hard to photograph: coral rose with hints of lavender. Likes a rich, moist, acid soil in part to full shade. Dramatic in groups; plumes handsome in winter. z. 3-8
Celandine poppy or golden wood poppy is one of the easiest wildflowers to grow. Native to eastern moist woodlands & hillsides, it has large yellow blooms in April & May. 12-16" tall by 12" wide in humusy soil in part to full shade. May seed about a bit unless deadheaded. Lovely with Virginia bluebells. z. 4-8
Campanula portenschlagiana --- One of the most shade tolerant campanulas. Will bloom much of the summer in cooler zones; here in z. 7, it quits about July 1. Likes well -drained average soil. Unfussy & low -care. Great for miscellaneous areas along the sidewalk or around the tool shed; will spread. 6-8" high by 10-14" wide. z. 4-9
Packera aurea in back, with Primula x polyantha 'Old Brick Reds' in front. Golden groundsel is a strong bloomer in shade. It self-seeds to spread moderately. Also sometimes listed as Senecio aureus. z. 3-9
Packera aurea --- Golden groundsel has profuse yellow daisies in late April to mid June. Vigorous & tough, it forms showy drifts. Likes moist, shady spots, but very tolerant. Good under trees. Native food source for bees. About 8-12" foliage, 18-24" in bloom, by 12" wide. z. 3-9
Astilbe chinensis Amber Moon --- Spring leaves have a narrow red outline & sometimes a rosy tinge. Blooms in early July here in MD. z. 4-9
Astilbe Amber Moon --- Golden chartreuse leaves with rose-pink flowers in midsummer. Foliage is about 30" tall by 18" wide, with 12" blooms. Heat & drought tolerant (for an astilbe). z. 4-9
Clematis paniculata Sweet Summer Love --- Gorgeous new variety of sweet autumn clematis blooms Aug.-Sept. with hundreds of small cranberry -violet flowers. For average, moist but well-drained soil in sun to 3/4 shade. Grows 8-12 ft. z 4-9