The Shade Garden is situated around and below the crabapple tree. It was one of my original attempts at a localized garden in the yard. The crabapple tree itself has expanded outward – I rather like the umbrella affect. Only recently have I tried to prune it into a more shapely form – pruning it well will take a few years as you never want to prune more than 1/3 of a tree during any one season. Otherwise, it can be a rather shocking experience for the tree!
Here is a look at the garden from my driveway.
A closer look reveals hostas – many hostas.
Astilbe does very well in shade, as do ferns.
The Bachelor Button seems to stretch toward the light at the edge, and I’m thinking of finding a sunnier home for him.
The annuals are typically impatiens, although in the past few years, some sort of blight has attacked them. I really need to find another shade loving annual to add color there.