|Lily-of-the-Valley grew in shadiest spot of our house in Moline,|
near the water faucet.
Shade gardening is so popular with some of us that a few regret moving to where there is almost no shade at all. There are many solutions to the problem of growing attractive flowers that thrive in the shade, and they are fun and easy to nurture:
- Hostas come in 8,000 varieties and attract Hummingbirds to their flowers.
- Calladiums provide remarkable color all summer, though they emerge from the soil rather late.
- Rose-of-Sharon are tall, stately shrubs with attractive blooms. Our helper found a perfect one beside his house, planted by a bird. I fake-raged about the unfairness while he laughed.
- Lily-of-the-Valley like shade and plenty of moisture. One website suggested mulching them with chopped tree-leaves for the winter. The plants and their berries are toxic.
- Wild Strawberries not only bloom early and fruit in the shade, but they persist all summer and spread easily through birds' digestive systems.
|Nothing is wasted in Creation -|
favorite berries volunteer from where birds perch.
|Calladiums delight everyone with their color.|
|Rose-of-Sharon can become a tall, woody shrub.|
| Hostas have twin virtues - |
thriving and spreading in the shade,
flower stalks that attract Hummingbirds.
- flower petals,
- dead insects,
- manure from the animals living among them.
| The tiny Borage flower is Bee Bread,|
but it also increases the numbers of beneficial insects to its neighborhood.
Feeding insects, it drops seed to feed even more, always blooming and helping
itself and others.