Perennial Shade Garden Bulb Collection
Spring Planting: we begin shipping in late April through May beginning with the warmest hardiness zones, so you receive your products at the proper time for planting.
Whether shaded by trees or by buildings, gardening without full sunlight requires the right combination of plants. You can create breathtaking results in shade easily by choosing from our selection of easy to grow perennials that thrive in shade. By planting the complete Perennial Shade Garden Collection, you will have blooms most of the season, from the earliest Virginia Bluebells, to the late season charm of Purple Beauty Toad Lily. Requires approximately 48 sq. ft.
Perennial Shade Garden Collection includes 15 roots, 1 each of Bressingham Blue Hosta, Mighty Pip Plume Astilbe, King of Hearts, Purple Beauty Toad Lily, Violet Teacups Bellflower and 10 Lily of the Valley.
Sold as: Pkg of 15
Planting Perennial Roots: It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more than a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself. Perennials that come to you in pots should be watered well before planting also. Loosen and tight roots and plant at the same depth as the plant was in the pot. If the leaves are green and growing, you should protect them from frosts with mulch, reemay or any blanket. If white or pale yellow shoots have started to develop, protect them from wind and harsh sun until they green up. You can use any of the methods for protection as mentioned. Pay particular attention to watering any new plants during the first season. Once established plants generally have some drought tolerance and will only need to be watered if the season is hot and dry.
Planting Hosta: Space 2-3 ft. apart, depending on the variety and covering roots to a depth where growing tips are at soil surface and surrounding the crown. Grow in well-drained, moist soil, in light to full shade. Hostas like plenty of moisture and need extra water during hot, dry spells. A 2" mulch of compost or shredded bark is beneficial taking care not to apply to close to the base of the plant but surrounding the foliage as it matures. Hostas can be grown in full sun in areas with cooler summers or if constant root moisture can be provided. Hostas take 2-4 years to become established and reach their full size after planting. Hostas can be divided in spring or fall and will greatly benefit from this every 3-4 years.
Planting Astilbe: Cover the crown, including emerging shoots, with about 1/2" of soil and space at least 1' apart. Astilbes require moist, organic, slightly acid soil and partial shade although they will tolerate more sun if there is ample moisture. Mulch in summer and incorporate organic matter into the soil. Dig and divide every 3-4 years in early spring or fall.
Planting King of Hearts: Dicentra should be planted with the crown 2″ below the soil line. Prefers a rich, moist soil, with lots of organic matter, but are not particular about soil pH. Keep plants well watered throughout the summer, especially in warmer weather. Leaves are susceptible to leaf spot. The easiest solution is to shear back the affected foliage. Dicentra should be divided after flowering, so you don’t sacrifice bloom. The fringed-leaf varieties divide nicely early in spring, as they are emerging.
Planting Toad Lily: Plant so that crowns are just under soil surface, 12-18" apart. Prefers partial to full shade and moist, well drained, slightly acidic, organic soil. Will not tolerate dry soil, mulch and water during dry spells. Blooms in late summer to early fall.
Planting Bellflower: Bare root Campanula should be dry in storage, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two. Plant your Campanula in a sun to part shade in average to rich, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting, and if needed build up above heavy soil rather than trying to plant into it. Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2 to 1" below soil level, 15-18" apart. New sprouts will emerge at slightly varying depths and no roots or crown should be showing after planting. Mulch lightly around the plants for weed prevention. When actively growing they can be watered a couple times a week if needed, allowing the soil to dry out between watering, however they are quite drought tolerant once established.
Planting Lily of the Valley: Soak pips in warm water for 2-3 hours before planting. Plant the rhizomes (pips) on their sides, 1"-2" deep and 4"-6" apart in very early spring or fall. Grow in rich, well-drianed soil; full to part shade.