Shady Haven

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.


Shady Haven
  1. Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
  2. Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata)
  3. Woodland Spiderwort (Tradescantia ernestiana)
  4. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
  5. Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
  6. Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  7. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
  8. Wafer Ash (Ptelea trifoliate)
  9. Copper Iris (Iris fulva)
  10. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  11. Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
  12. Golden Currant (Ribes odoratum)
  13. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
  14. Indian Cherry (Rhamnus caroliniana)