Botanical Garden Tour: Shady Walk Garden

The wall behind this garden was completely rebuilt in 2009/2010 and took three growing seasons. Each stone was numbered and after the repair each stone was placed back in the original position. Then the garden was redesigned to highlight underused shade perennials. Most of these perennials are marked with aluminum tags. Starting at the stairs there is the large Hosta Sum & Substance; it is one of the few Hostas that grows well in the sun. Along the back the tall plants are Aruncus (Goat’s Beard), Rodgersia (Rodger’s Plant), Korean Wax Bells, Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches), Ligularia, Thalictrum (Meadow Rue) and Cimcifuga. There are many varieties of Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Pulmonaria (Lungwort). The center section contains Tricyrtis (Toad Lily) Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily) Bergenia (Pig Squeak) and Pasque Flower. In the front of the garden you can find Japanese Painted Fern, Epimedium, Mini Goats Beard and Mini Lady’s Mantle. The yellow grass at the end is Hakonechloa, which prefers shade. The trees are Dogwoods and they are surrounded by Variegated Solomon Seal.