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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - MY SHADE LOVING PERENNIAL HIGHLIGHT FOR JUNE

Hardy, outdoor ferns may not have a gorgeous flower but they sure add great color and texture to any shaded garden with their beautiful  frons. 
                Shade gardening has its own unique challenges when it comes to plant selection.  It is all about the RIGHT PLANT FOR THE RIGHT LOCATION.  One challenge is being able to plant correctly when planting under a canopy of trees and dealing with all the tree roots.  Another challenge is knowing the degree of shade.  Is your shade caused by a building that offers no sunlight at all during the day?  Or, is the shade due to the canopy of trees that will allow some filtering sunlight throughout the day. 
                Ferns are the perfect choice of shade-loving perennial for either location.  And, so many of our beautiful , hardy ferns are considered native to our Central Virginia region.  Some of the native ferns include:  Lady Fern, Hay Scented Fern, Royal Fern, Cinnamon Fern, and the Christmas Fern.  All these ferns have their own unique growing characteristics when it comes to color and size.  My personal favorite fern is not considered a native.  The Autumn Brilliance Fern, to me, is the best.  I love how it grows.  I love the color.  And, I love the fact that it is somewhat an evergreen.  Even in the winter I have colorful frons with my Autumn Brilliance Ferns.
                Even with our current heat, June is a good planting month for perennials.
Posted: 6/25/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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