We don't have any kind of software that helps with this process, so we winged it with pictures of the plants laid out on photographs. Excuse how unprofessional they look. LOL
We're going to go ahead and list the plants because it helps us later when we go shopping, or have questions about the plan, so here goes...
|The Japanese maple is mostly transparent so you|
can sort of see the plantings behind it.
- Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Sapphire’ OR Helleborus 'Rome in Red' Honeymoon® series OR Helleborus 'Red Racer'
- Helleborus x ‘Apricot Blush’ Winter Jewels® OR Helleborus 'Tropical Sunset' Honeymoon® series OR Helleborus x ‘Golden Sunrise’ Winter Jewels®
|Apricot Blush Group|
|Red Sapphire Group|
We're also going to plant quite a few Heucharas because they provide some great color and tolerate mostly shade. Sharon actually already ordered some on clearance (oops); she could not resist $6 a plant. She ordered the Heuchera ‘Cajun Fire’ because she liked that the color changed throughout the season. Also, the color change will be out of sync with the Japanese maple, which will hopefully be really fun.Heuchera x 'Carnival Peach Parfait'. And if we run across them, she'll probably buy a couple of Heuchera x 'Caramel'.
The iris in the corner is an Iris x pacifica ‘Big Wheel’.
- On the right side, we're planning to plant a Rhododendron 'Seaview Sunset' OR Rhododendron ‘Honey Butter'. (The picture is of the Seaview Sunset Rhododendron.)
- To the left of that, we're thinking about putting in a Ribes x gordonianum (Flowering Currant). It has coral-colored flowers that are really pretty.
We would also like to install some sort of trellis on that ugly cinder block wall. If we manage to get something put up, we're expecting to plant a Lonicera ciliosa (Orange Honeysuckle) because it is a native, and will tolerate dry shade once it's established.
The rest of the beds will be filled in with a variety of plants, as we can find them. (This is a list of possible plants, we won't end up with all of them. This is just a starting point for when we go shopping.):
- Adiantum x tracyi (Tracy's Maidenhair Fern)
- Aquilegia caerulea 'Swan Pink-Yellow' (Columbine, wild honeysuckle)
- Aquilegia oxysepala (Oriental Columbine)
- Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Bordeaux Barlow’ (Columbine)
- Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Ruby Port' (Columbine)
- Asarum caudatum (Wild Ginger)
- Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
- Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)
- Cyclamen persicum (Dreamscape™ Deep Burgundy Cyclamen)
- Dicentra x Hybrida 'Sulpher Hearts' (Bleeding Heart with yellow flowers, if we can find them)
- Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)
- Epimedium × rubrum OR Epimedium x ‘Supernova’ OR Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' (Bishop's Hat)
- Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Northern Oak Fern)
- Polypodium glycyrrhiza (Licorice Fern)
- Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)
- Polystichum setiferum var. divisilobum (Soft Shield Fern)
We'll be adding more as we go shopping and as we find more plants that tolerate dry shade. We might also try a few plants that prefer full sun just to see how they do.