The shade garden planted in 2009 under the flowering crab is looking great. I need to move some things around, but in general it is coming along fabulously, looking lush, cool and shady, a nice respite from the sun on hot days.
We are still expanding that bed to the far side of the flowering crab. We worked on it a bit last summer, which unfortunately I did not blog about thus have no records of when/what I planted, but it is coming along.
Two weekends ago we laid more cardboard down to deter some of the more persistent weeds, and covered the cardboard with shredded leaves from last fall. We’ll let things grow this summer, and next year we’ll need to move things around a bit. Some plants are being crowded, like the Japanese Painted Fern in the above photo, others are not happy with the additional sunshine they receive with the major limb removed after Hurricane Irene damaged it.
On the whole the shade garden is looking good, I am really pleased with how it turned out. The soil in that area is lovely, a tribute to the value of compost, worms, cardboard and shredded leaves.