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Little pretty flowers in shady places.


At this time of year, I seem to have a real collection of tiny flowering plants hiding under shrubs and trees. They are shy lttle shade lovers, but it’s worth crawling on my hands and knees to look for them, as they are so pretty and delicate.

This is the latest one I found in flower, it’s a hardy Geranium called after Beth Chatto. At the other side of the tree I planted lots of Lilies-of-the-valley plants. They came from the village school fair last May – and I was delighted to find that they are coming up in clumps – I hope they spread, as they have such a delicious fragrance – pretty as well.

At the back of this area I have a miniature variegated ’Solomon’s Seal’ plant, it is on its way up but not quite in flower. There is one more little flower open here, though – Anemone nemorosa ‘Buckland’. Since I took this photo, more flowers have appeared on this lovely plant.

Over at the other side of the garden there are several pretty tinies.
Some are quite hard to spot, like this Corydalis flexuosa.

And the tiny pretty one with the long name – Anemonella thalictroides ‘Rosea’

In this area grows my favourite – Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’. I also have two other Omphalodes: O.verna and O.‘Starry Eyes’ in other places in the garden. They all prefer shady conditions.

When I ‘perked up’ the corner of the garden that was a bit lacking in ‘oomph’ I planted some more Anemones, first seen at Holbrook Garden – Anemone ranunculoides. I also tracked down a little gem of a flower; a Hepatica transsilvanica ‘Blue Jewel’.

So when people say there aren’t any pretty plants that will grow in shade, I can prove them wrong, can’t I? it’s not always size that matters, to coin a phrase….

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They are really pretty, and as you say quite often go un-noticed!

25 Apr, 2008


Definitely worth the crawl, Spritz! Love the first photo, the light looks like you're peeking where you ought not :o)

25 Apr, 2008


great photos Spritz.

26 Apr, 2008


Lovely photos of these superb flowers. As Peter says the light is wonderful and it helps to show their delicate character to the full.
Best wishes,
Grenville and Alan.

26 Apr, 2008


What a lovely collection of spring flowers.The Omphalodes reminded me of one that I lost when I moved - Have to get another one.

26 Apr, 2008


Lovely pics these really are little gems and very envious as would love them in my small woodland setting.Your last comment makes me feel so much better .

26 Apr, 2008


Glad to hear it, Bonkers!

26 Apr, 2008


Lovely blog - muchly enjoyed reading this. Not seen a yellow Anemone before :-)

29 Apr, 2008


Nor had I, Sid - I spotted it at Holbrook Garden and they had some for sale...I now have three in my shady area!

29 Apr, 2008


Get propagating!

1 May, 2008

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