Hostas, hydrangeas and ferns thrive in shade

Hostas, hydrangeas and ferns thrive in shade

I recently visited my friend Dois Dias in Tupelo and was blown away by her beautiful, shady backyard.

Some people struggle with the challenge of growing plants in shady areas of their yard, but not Doyce. She did a great job selecting plants that grow well in partial shade and shade in her garden.

As you enter the backyard, Doyce has multiple levels of visible garden areas. A delicate patch of fern greets you as you enter the upper garden area. The stems of this fern are said to have an ornamental, beaded appearance, giving the plant one of its common names, beaded fern.

Sensitive ferns are native, rough-textured, medium to large-sized, deciduous, perennial ferns. It has bright green, long-stemmed fronds with distinctive reticulated leathery leaflets, and can grow up to 3 feet tall. They die back in the winter, but they sprout again from the roots in the spring.

Dois mixed some hostas with ferns to add visual interest with their different shades of green leaves and lavender and white bell-shaped flowers.

She has a wide variety of hostas grown in the ground and in containers throughout the garden. The diverse hosts are striking. I planted some in shaded areas in my garden as well.

There are more than 2,000 registered varieties of hosta grown today. All prefer well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.

Hostas need an inch or more of water weekly, and if there is not enough rain, you must provide supplemental irrigation. They will need more water in very hot weather or if they are in partial sun or have root competition from trees and shrubs.

The Dois Garden also displays hydrangeas, and I love all the different varieties planted throughout the space. Oakleaf hydrangea, lace hydrangea, cluster hydrangea, and mowed hydrangea light up shaded areas with their stunning display of white, pink, purple and blue.

These clusters of flowers provide an undeniable wow factor. Its stunning effect attracts the eye and adds a splash of color wherever it is placed.

Hydrangeas are easy to grow in well-drained soil, but make sure it contains plenty of organic matter or humus. Avoid planting hydrangea in hot, dry, and open places. Most people buy hydrangeas when they are in bloom, but spring or fall is the best time to plant them.

Aucuba Gold Dust, with its dense, glossy leaves that appear to be sprinkled with creamy yellow, also brightens up shady areas in gardens. This plant prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil and partial to full shade.

In my garden, I use it as a shrub in the shaded area around my front porch. Its showy evergreen foliage is most colorful in full shade, providing a pop of color in dark corners as well as some interest during the winter months.

Dois uses shade-loving annuals such as coleus and impatiens to add color during the spring, summer and fall. The plants' bright flower colors and kaleidoscope of coleus leaf colors are sure to pop in the shade.

If your garden has shaded areas, choose some of these plants to add color and liven up your landscape.

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