With the right choice of plants, shady areas can be just as colourful and beautiful as the sunnier parts of the garden. It’s all down to selecting plants which will thrive in the lower light levels and bloom at different times of the year to provide a non-stop colour flow which just keeps on giving. For reliable spring colour, no shady border should be without Erythronium, also known as Dog’s Tooth Violet!
There’s nothing quite like spectacular Tulip ‘Fiery Club’ for turning up the colour volume in the spring garden. Producing several rich crimson blooms from each bulb, plant them in groups and you’ll get a hugely rewarding, powerful, flower-packed display which brings vibrancy and warmth to any border or patio pot planting scheme.
If you have a meadow-style planting scheme, a border in dappled shade or a container space in a cool corner of the patio, Camassia leichtlinii ‘Semiplena’ is a beautiful and useful choice for providing height, structure and movement. Flowering in late spring with upright spires of starry double flowers, this incredibly elegant and simple variety is versatile, long-lasting and wonderfully rewarding, returning each year for a spectacular spring display!
This very special variety is a perfect example of how exquisite natural fritillaries can be. The subtle details of Fritillaria acmopetala include humbug-like markings in contrasting shades of pale green and maroon, elegant, slender arching stems and nodding bell-shaped flowers with elegant curled back pointed petals. In fact, this particular variety is commonly known as Pointed Petal Fritillary due to its unique flower form.
There’s something about Dutch Irises – both from a practical and aesthetic perspective that really get to us. In the practical sense, it’s super that the flower in the otherwise rather colourless interval when spring bulbs have given their last gasp and summer blooms aren’t yet in full swing! They’re also really easy to grow – and no matter how much of a master-gardener you may be, you’ll always be happy to find plants that thank you profusely for minimal attention.