My favorite garden: the native shade garden

In the sunny parts of my yard, I jumped right in somewhat haphazardly, but for the shady side, with a black walnut (i.e., allelopathy) nearby, I thought before I planted. It paid off, with a calming succession of white blooms from early spring until fall.

I could have sworn I planted Osmunda cinnamomea , but I won't know until it sends up spores.

I could have sworn I planted Osmunda cinnamomea , but I won't know until it sends up spores.

I wanted this garden to add privacy from the street beyond our neighbor's yard--but without a wall of monolithic green. The serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) tree and the black cherry (Prunus serotina) trees in the neighbor's yard provide just the right amount of screening, and the bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) at the end will eventually block the other neighbor's window.

I wanted this garden to add privacy from the street beyond our neighbor's yard--but without a wall of monolithic green. The serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) tree and the black cherry (Prunus serotina) trees in the neighbor's yard provide just the right amount of screening, and the bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) at the end will eventually block the other neighbor's window.

Tiarella (foamflower) peeks above native Anemone, which is taking over.

Tiarella (foamflower) peeks above native Anemone, which is taking over.