5 Perennials For Shade Gardens

Written by Lee Dobbins

We all know that flowers love sunshine, but did you realize that there are perennials that loverepparttar shade?

You can create a beautiful garden inrepparttar 113373 shade that can act as a cooling retreat on those hot summer days. By using perennials, your flowers will come up year after year for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Shade gardens offer much more than gardens that sit inrepparttar 113374 blazing sun all day. You can actually sit in them and enjoy them. Pull up a nice lounge chair or have a beautiful granite bench installed. Sit and read on a hot day, or just sip a drink and enjoyrepparttar 113375 birds and butterflies. Like any other gardenrepparttar 113376 best shade gardens will have taller plants inrepparttar 113377 back againstrepparttar 113378 house or woods, medium growing plants inrepparttar 113379 middle andrepparttar 113380 shorter or ground cover plants onrepparttar 113381 inner edge. Since most perennials bloom for a short time, you ‘ll want to plant them so that you always have color inrepparttar 113382 garden. Stagerepparttar 113383 planting so that each area has a blooming plant at all times ofrepparttar 113384 season.

Here’s a list of some perennials that thrive inrepparttar 113385 shade:

How to Grow a Forest of Sundews

Written by Jacob Farin


Cape Sundews (Drosera capensis) are native to South Africa, and it is one ofrepparttar most common carnivorous plants grown in cultivation. It is very easy to grow, and an adult plant will get up to 6 inches tall.

As with all sundews, Cape Sundews produce a thick sticky substance, technically called ‘goo’ here at our nursery. We also call it ‘stuff’ or ‘glue’ or ‘thick sticky substance.’ I’m also sure botanists have their own term, but it is usually something I can’t pronounce, like hydromethylcellulose.

Whatever it is, it isrepparttar 113372 goo that makes Cape Sundews sparkle in sunlight. When you grow a bunch of them together, you will have a dazzling display that will mesmerize any insect.

These sundews are very easy to propagate. One very quick method is to grow them from seeds. Cape Sundew seeds germinate very quickly, usually within 3 weeks.

Once germinated, each seedling will reach adulthood within 2 years, at which time they will flower. Each flower stalk is capable of producing thousands of seeds. So from one adult plant, you can have enough seeds to produce a forest of sundews!

Another method for multiplying your sundews is to take leaf cuttings. This could be done with either young or mature plants because all you need are a few leaves.

Cut off a leaf nearrepparttar 113373 stalk or growing point. Layrepparttar 113374 leaf flat onto a pot of moistened soil of 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite. Gently pressrepparttar 113375 leaf intorepparttar 113376 soil so thatrepparttar 113377 leaf is making good contact withrepparttar 113378 soil.

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