You may not have a true forest on your property, but you can mimic a cool, woodland garden with native shrubs, trees and perennials.
The garden design shown here is a partial or high shade planting that allows some light to filter through and allows woodland edge plants to thrive along with true shade-lovers like Wild Ginger, Jacob’s Ladder, Celandine Poppy and Virginia Bluebells. The suggested trees and shrubs offer both seasonal color and food and cover for wildlife. Add a bench for relaxing and to provide a sense of organization and purpose.
- Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
- Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata)
- Woodland Spiderwort (Tradescantia ernestiana)
- Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
- Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
- Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
- Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
- Wafer Ash (Ptelea trifoliate)
- Copper Iris (Iris fulva)
- American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
- Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
- Golden Currant (Ribes odoratum)
- Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
- Indian Cherry (Rhamnus caroliniana)