beautiful hosta named Paradigm is notable for the
bright green markings on the foliage that help it
stand out in a shady landscape.
the trees in full leaf, shade is the dominant
characteristic of many landscapes. Adding color to this
newly green vista is not a huge challenge and can be fun
to do this spring. You can do it with such popular
annuals as begonias, flowering tobacco and impatiens,
and with shrubs such as hydrangeas.
you can also do it with more green.
is because not all greens are the same. Green includes
bright greens and the palest green that is almost white,
as well as chartreuse, lemon and lime, which perform
great service in lightening up a landscape.
do this with their own natural color, as it contrasts
with the darker greens. And they also achieve it by
catching and reflecting golden sunbeams that filter
through the tree canopy. That is a sight that makes any
summer evening worth staying home for.
are darker tones of green that can be bluish and some so
deep they look almost purple or black. That makes for
great contrast, but keep in mind these deep tones tend
to disappear as the day ebbs.
and ferns rank among the top choices to achieve a range
of good greens. These are good summer plants but they
will be with you for many years as they have real
however, are attractive to deer; keep that in mind if
deer are a problem where you live.
for hostas and ferns with the lighter, brighter green
foliage. They stand out in collections in garden
centers. Some hostas have white or cream stripes,
another means to brighten up the shady landscape.
AND CORAL BELLS
too, offer a great range of color, including many good
combinations. This is an easy-to-grow bulb that should
be planted now in warm soil. Some may be all green, but
with a range of choices. Others have cream, pink or red
markings, or centers with the green always a lovely
combination through the summer.
fourth shady perennial often chosen largely for its
foliage is heuchera, also called coral bells for their
pretty flowers. The foliage choices are huge these days,
but I particularly love the choices in chartreuse that
really stand out in the landscape.
are particular about well-drained soil.
flower is another good choice that performs well, but
requires well-drained soil. The foliage is quite
beautiful pale green with some darker markings of
red or burgundy along the veins of the leaves. The white
flowers are quite beautiful, appearing in late spring
and different enough to make room for as ground cover or
I want to grow eggplants this summer. How do I get
Choose young plants at a garden center. Select a spot in
your sunny vegetable garden with space for them to
develop fully. The typical spacing is 18 to 24 inches
apart. Eggplants demand warm weather and even watering.
Dont let the soil dry out. Plant them now that the
daytime temperature is above 70 degrees. They like hot
weather, and I have seen some fantastic eggplants
produced in our hot summers.