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Perennials For Shaded Areas

perennials for shaded areas

  • A perennial plant

  • (perennial) recurring again and again; "perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"

  • (perennial) lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; "perennial happiness"

  • (perennial) lasting three seasons or more; "the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"

  • Screen from direct light

  • Cover, moderate, or exclude the light of

  • Darken or color (an illustration or diagram) with parallel pencil lines or a block of color

  • protected from heat and light with shade or shadow; "shaded avenues"; "o'er the shaded billows rushed the night"- Alexander Pope

  • (shade) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body; "it is much cooler in the shade"; "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

  • (of pictures or drawings) drawn or painted with degrees or gradations of shadow; "the shaded areas of the face seemed to recede"

  • A space allocated for a specific purpose

  • A part of an object or surface

  • (area) a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"

  • (area) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"

  • A region or part of a town, a country, or the world

  • (area) a subject of study; "it was his area of specialization"; "areas of interest include"

pink bells of bleeding heart

pink bells of bleeding heart

Native to Japan, Bleeding Hearts are excellent perennial for the shade garden and they are very attractive with their light transparent green colour, deeply divided and fern like foliage and blooms are borne on arching flower stems above the foliage. Their 1 inch, heart-shaped flowers have rose pink, red or white outer petals with strongly reflexed tips, and the inner petals are white and exerted. The Bleeding Heart is fine for the border or margins of shrubbery. There is a variety with white outer petals and an exerted red flower like inner petal.

Bleeding Heart requires average, medium wet, well-drained, organically rich soil in part shade to full shade.

Bleeding Hearts are propagated from seeds, division of the roots or from young shoots which start from the soil. Roots can be taken carefully by digging a section of the plant from a mature plant, cutting through one side. These shoots or the roots should be divided just before they start growth. It should be planted in an area where trees or roots of other plants will not compete for moisture or nutrients. Best growth is obtained when plants are spaced 2 feet apart and if planted in rows, space rows 3 feet apart. The pH can range from 6.0-7.5 and feed lightly, 5-10-5 commercial fertilizer. The plant takes 2 years to mature and grows to an average of 2 to 3 feet long.

It can be grown as pot plants or on the ground and they do best if planted in well-rotted manure or compost, with top dressing applied yearly.

For the Bleeding Heart, there is no serious insect or disease problems. Organic matter in the soil will supply all the protection the roots need. Foliage dies down in the fall. Some susceptibility to aphid infestations. Occasionally stem rot appears but this can be prevented by planting in clean soil.

Because Bleeding Hearts last for years, they will probably become overcrowded and need dividing in 3-4 years. Dig up in early spring but be sure to handle the roots very carefully because they are extremely brittle. Each piece of root division should have an eye or bud however, the root need not be more than 3 feet long. New planting locations should be well marked and cleaned removing dormant stems remaining if any.

Shaded delight

Shaded delight

This large (17" x 17") planter is situated in a completely shaded area. It was planted mostly with shade-tolerant perennials (Heuchera, Hosta, Fern, Ivy). The large burgundy spike prefers sun, but will maintain its burgundy foliage for the 3 months this particular planting will be exhibited.

perennials for shaded areas

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