woodland gardens

Crocus tomasinianus

Garden for a dry woodland Con't

Spring and fall are the main season in this garden. With an emphasis on native plants, introduced exotic plants supplement color and texture. Native shrubs, ferns, rhododendron and azaleas, wild phlox, trilliums, epimediums, iris, primroses, bleeding hearts, together with bulbs, provide color from late December to late June. While most woodlanders flower in spring and early summer, color throughout the summer is achieved with a variety of greens from hostas in lime to deep forest green, as well as rusty reds from an understory planting of Japanese maples. Oakleaf Hydrangeas, variegated hostas, grasses, ferns, Doll's Eyes, Black Cohosh, Bowman's Root and Culver's Root are the backbone of the summer garden.

Summer is followed by a crescendo of color in the fall. Scarlet, orange, yellow, gold, and dark red leaves show brilliantly against the greens of ferns, mosses, conifers, evergreen shrubs, and the brilliant blue of Autumn skies. From a strategically placed bench views across the garden, as well as to the mountains, can be enjoyed in spring, summer, fall and on balmy winter days.

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crocus tomasinianus - the first to flower
christmas rose
early spring
Virginia bluebells and celandine poppies
texture in the summer garden
Primula vulgaris flowers for two months
Iris cristata - white form
double bloodroot - native but rare
summer scene with native Veronicastrum
summer woods

top row: Crocus tomasinianus, Hellebore hybrid
row 2: Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming' with companions; row 3:hostas, ferns, grasses, Primula; row 4: Iris cristata, double Bloodroot; row 5: two views of the summer garden