Perennials / shade gardening / vines

“Comtesse de Bouchaud”: A Clematis for Nearly Full-Shade!

We shade gardening fools know  that flowering vines that tolerate shade are few and far between. Well, I have numerous buds on a newly planted ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ Clematis, in two separate shady spots, and I am “to the moon!” ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ is the variety of clematis that likes a hard pruning to the … Continue reading

gardening / northern gardening / Perennials / shade gardening / spring flowers

When you wish upon a shooting star…

This little Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia) is as much of a late spring treat as lily-of-the-valley or lilacs. A perfect rock garden plant, it tolerates part shade but will also bask in the sun. It is hardy to zone 4. This purple variety is an eye-catching show-stopper that would be stunning en masse. Also available … Continue reading