Garden: the beauties of the shadows highlighted


Among the plants that grow in the shade, here are a few that I particularly like, gleaned from the catalogs of Sous un arbre perché, Le Monde des fougères and Aoba, among others.

► Does the aspidistra ring a bell?

This plant, grown indoors for decades, has recently taken up residence in the garden. In effect, Aspidistra eliator, distant cousin of lily of the valley, tolerates negative temperatures, down to – 15°C, even – 18°C ​​when installed sheltered from the prevailing winds. It is placed in drained, non-calcareous soil, both in shade and in partial shade, even under trees, because it accepts competition from roots when it is well established. With its pretty evergreen, upright, dark green, shiny foliage, composed of solitary leaves, this perennial forms clumps of 80 cm in all directions. The strange, purple flowers are born at ground level, from January to April. Aspidistra eliator “Variegata” is a real splendor especially in the dark places where it parades with its longitudinally variegated leaves of white. Aspidistra zongbayi “Uan Fat Lady” is distinguished by its reduced size – 40 cm maximum – and its broad, drooping leaves, veined with lighter green in the center, and dotted, sometimes, with pale green.

► The finesse and lightness of cardiandras

These perennials – measuring between 40 and 70 cm – from the Hydrangeaceae family thrive in drained, humus-rich and non-calcareous soil. They bloom, from late summer to frost, in loose corymbs, 12 to 15 cm in diameter, composed of fertile flowers and sterile flowers. A godsend for a beautiful flowery autumn. Cardiandra alternifolia has elongated, coarsely toothed, dark green leaves and displays pink inflorescences, composed of sterile flowers with 3 or 4 bracts, and a heart of fertile flowers with large clusters of stamens and recurved petals. “Pink Geisha”more vigorous than the typical plant, blooms old pink, early, in June July, on dark stems which enhance the flowers. Cardiandra amamioshimensis offers us white flowers with purple stamens, in the middle of lanceolate, toothed and embossed leaves, with a compact and drooping habit. Cardiandra formosanalooks like a hydrangea, with its long, leathery, dark green leaves and its purple, lace-like bloom.

Garden: the beauties of the shadows highlighted

► Deinanthes with wax flowers

Another cousin of hydrangeas, the deinanthes. If the deciduous, waffle foliage of these perennials is decorative, the flowers are real jewels. They like partial shade, non-calcareous, drained, fresh and humus-rich soil. Although they are hardy, the foliage sometimes scorches if there are late frosts, so place them under a cover of protective shrubs. Deinanthe bifidahas beautiful bright green leaves, 10-20 cm long, deeply indented at the top, ending in two tips. The white flowers with butter-yellow stamens, measuring 2 cm in diameter, bloom in July and August, on a clump 40 cm high. ” Pink Shii »smaller, has pink sepals and sterile flowers. Deinanthe caerulea blooms in summer, in florets of 2 cm in diameter. Perched on slender stems, they are grouped in small terminal bouquets of mauve color, almost translucent. The rounded tuft measures between 25 and 45 cm in all directions. The oval, toothed leaves, very ribbed, pointed at the end, are sometimes indented. Deinanthe caerulea x bifida “Blue Blush” has light green foliage and white flowers shaded with blue, with a dark purple almost navy blue center on a clump 30 to 40 cm high.

► The liriope takes itself for a grass

If there is one plant that does great service in shaded gardens, it is the liriope muscari! The evergreen foliage, glazed, forms a large tuft of grass springing 30 cm in all directions, decorative all year round. Stems of small mauve to purple flowers stand out in summer, grouped in dense spikes, followed by black berries in autumn. This understory perennial grows slowly but surely to live for decades, even between tree roots. Well installed, it leaves no room for undesirables. It grows just as well in shade as in partial shade, in neutral or acidic, drained, humus-rich, cool soil, although it tolerates drought when it is well established. ” Silvery Sproof » has cream variegated leaves. ” Gold Band » Has foliage edged in yellow. “Monroe White” features white flowers and stems. Liriope spicata, smaller – 25 cm tall -, is faster growing. The long, curved leaves are accompanied in summer by erect mauve-blue spikes.

Garden: the beauties of the shadows highlighted

► Hostas, in a myriad of varieties

These perennials are among gardeners’ favorite shade plants. Among its new products, Promesse de fleurs, a French online plant specialist, offers a remarkable hosta, from the extremely rare and mythical Japanese selection Hosta Mito-no-Hana. Hosta Siberian Tiger is unique. Its striped and luminous foliage, striped with yellow on an acid green background, creates an incomparable, almost hypnotic pattern. In summer, its golden variegation softens without however fading too much. It forms a clump of 25-30 cm in all directions. A real gem, perfect for living in a hotpot.

Garden: the beauties of the shadows highlighted

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Nurseries specializing in shade plants, to find treasures

Perched under a tree

Kervocu 29,650 Guerlesquin
Such. : 06.15.40.25.87; www.sousunarbreperche.fr

The World of FernsOlivier Ezavin nursery

955 way of the well 06 330 Roquefort-les-pins

Such. : 06.10.90.13.62; www.pepiniereezavin.com

Aoba

The Touch at Burgot 35,460

Saint-Ouen la Rouerie 35,460

Such. : 07.67.30.37.98; www.pepiniere-aoba.fr

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