My Gardens

My gardens have been works in progress, beginning in July 1996, when we moved to our current home. The house had been built in 1989 and the yard was established with conifers, oaks, hollies and a few shrubs--including quite a few flowering azalea bushes in the front yard, which look lovely in spring. But I wanted more color, so I (along with my helpful husband) immediately went to work in the yard, adding new garden areas, trees, bushes and perennials. The gardens continue to change and grow each year. Below are photos and descriptions of our individual gardens and the various plants, bushes, trees, etc. that grow in them.


Spring (2009) we gave ourselves a backyard makeover. Mike and I expanded the garden that we had already created several years earlier, added lots of new plants, brought in truckloads of soil, mulch, rocks, stone, etc.

Here is a very partial and incomplete list of plants that I've added to my garden. Some are natives, some are native culivars/hybrids, some are woodland shade lovers, others are being added to keep as a record and I will eventually separate them into proper categories. If they are not classified or labeled correctly here it is simply because I have not had the time.

This list is incomplete and will be updated as time allows:

Natives: see separate Page entitled Planting Natives

Other plants (not yet finished categorizing, but mostly non-natives listed below): MANY MORE STILL NOT ADDED!

Aconitum x carmichaelii 'Arendsii (Asia)
Ajuga reptans/Common Bugleweed 'Burgundy Glow' (Europe)
                                                    'Catlin's Giant'
Ajuga 'chocolate chip'
Allium christophii (native to Eurasia)
Allium caeruleum
Allium oreophilum(
A. ostrowskianum)
Anemone-nemorosa-'Allenii' (Europe)
Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'/European Wood Anemone
Anemone sylvestris / Snowdrop Anemone
Aquilegia Clementine Blue (Columbine) (Europe)
Aquilegia Clementine Red
Aquilegia Blue and White
Aquilegia Series Rose
A. hybrid, 'Biedermeier'
Arabis Snow Cap/White Rock Cress (Southern Europe)
Astilbe Lilliput (Asia)
Astilbe arendsii 'Fanal' (False Spirea)
Athyrium niponicum pictum 'Silver Falls'/Japanese Painted Fern (Asia)
Athyrium niponicum pictum 'Ursula's Red'/Japanese Painted Fern (Asia)
Athyrium 'Regal Red'/Japanese Painted Fern (Japan)
Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge'/Masterwort (Europe)
Arisaema fargesii/Jack in the Pulpit (Chinese)

Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly' Pigsqueak(Asia)
Bergenia 'Winterglow' /PigSqueak (pink) (Asia)

Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Buglose)

Caryopteris x clandonensis (Bluebeard, Blue Mist Shrub)

   'Longwood Blue' and 'Dark Knight'
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides/Leadwort or Dwarf Plumbago (China)
*Chrysanthemum maximum/Shasta Daisy (Europe)- *Trying to keep this thinned out, or totally remove this at some point, but it's difficult to eradicate!
Convallaria majalis/Lily of the Valley - (planted in shade where it is kept contained).
Corydalis shihmienensis 'Berry Exciting' (Asia)
Corydalis 'Canary Feathers' --hybrid
Corydalis curviflora var. rosthornii 'Blue Heron' (China)
*Cryptotaenia japonica 'Autropurpurea' (Japanese Parsley) *Trying to remove this. It reseeds. Need to watch regularly.

Dicentra spectabilis/Bleeding Heart (Asia) both Red, and white, "Alba"

Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’
Epimedium x rubrum (Red Barronwort, Bishop's Hat)
Epimedium x warleyense "Orange Queen"
Epimedium Pinnatum colchicum (yellow)
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'
Fragaria Lipstick/Alpine Strawberry (Europe hybrid)
Fritillaria meleagris (Checkered lily)

Gallium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)
Geranium Dalmaticum/pink Cranesbill (Europe)
Geranium sanguineum 'Lancastriense'/pink Cranesbill
Geranium 'Purple Who'
Geranium macrorrhizum (Europe)
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Czakor' (Europe)
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart' (Europe)
Geranium pratense 'SplishSplash'/Cranesbill Geranium (Europe)
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'/Cranesbill *hybrid of Geranium himalayense from ... G. ibericum, a native of        Western Asia, with G. pratense, European native.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Painted Bunting'
Helleborus 'Velvet Lips'
Helleborus 'Gold Finch'
Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob'/Christmas Rose
Helleborus 'Phoenix'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pink Tea Cup'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'
Helleborus niger 'HGC Josef Lemper'/Christmas Rose
Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Lady'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pine Knot Strain'
Helleborus orientalis/Lenton Rose
Helleborus odorus/Fragrant Hellebore - DIED.
Helleborus foetidus/Bearsfoot, Stinking Hellebore - DIED.
Helleborus argutifolius/Corsican Hellebore
Helianthemum x nummularium  'Henfield Brilliant'/Rock Rose (Mediterranian)
Hepatica nobilis v. pyrenaica 'Appleblossom'
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hylotelephium/ Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (China)
Hylotelephium/ Sedum Blue Spruce (Asia)
Hypericum perforatum/St Johnswort 
Hypericum calycinum 'Aaron's Beard' or Creeping St Johnswort

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft) (Spain)
   'Purity' and 'Snowflake'
Iris pallida 'Aureo Variegata' (yellow/green striped leaves)
                'Variegata' (white/green striped leaves)
Iris reticulata
Isotoma fluviatilis/Blue Star Creeper (New Zealand)

Kalimeris pinnatifida (Japanese Aster) 

Lamium maculatum/Spotted Dead Nettle (Europe)
                              'Anne Greenway'
                              'Pink Pewter'
                              'Red Nancy'

Liriope/Lily Turf (Asia)--variegated variety only.

Myosotis sylvatica (Forget-Me-Nots)

Nandina domestica (dwarf nandina) 'Jaytee' Harbour Belle™(Asia)

Narcissus (Daffodil)...many varieties

Nepeta (Catmint) 'Walker's Low'

Perovskia/Russian Sage

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' (Asia)
                       'Valley Valentine'
Polygonatum humile (Dwarf Solomon's Seal)
Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Solomon's Seal)
Potentilla Melton Fire/pink Cinquefoil (Asia)
Pulmonaria/Lungwort (Europe and Asia)
--'Barfield Pink'
--'Gaelic Spring'
--'Raspberry Splash'
Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque Flower)

Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'
Rhododendron 'Boursalt'
Rhododendron 'Rocket'
Rhododendron 'Royal Purple'

Salvia 'Black Night''
Sedum Blue Spruce (Asia)

Thymus Annie Hall (Europe)

  several varities (fewer every year due to squirrels)

Verbena bonariensis (Vervain) 
Veronica 6 varieties (Most from Europe)
   Speedwell 'Royal Candles'
Veronica repens (creeping ground cover)
Viola oderata/perennial violet (Asia) *Trying to eradicate but keeps popping up here and there
Viola 'Heartthrob'...cultivar

Updates:  June, 2010

This area has always been shady...until this year, when I have noticed it getting intense afternoon sun. We had some trees in the front yard thinned out last fall, and now the sun beats down in this backyard 'shade' garden. I have been moving some plants to shadier areas, as necessary. As always, it is an ongoing work in progress.

I will add notes and photos about the rest of the yard, including the front gardens, as time permits. Most of this information is already in previous posts.  Here is one such post, which includes some of what I planted in the completed space.

See this link for  a few 'before' and 'after' photos.

April, 2011:


  1. Jan - Your garden is absolutely beautiful. You must enjoy it so much. It is indeed a work in process.


  2. I guess we should all do that, take pictures several times a day and make note of the shade. My space was not so shady years ago, but the trees are growing around it higher and higher and casting more shade. Unwanted, but I have to adapt.

    and your shade spots are lovely.

  3. Thanks so much, Carolyn. It does seem to change from year to year, as I add new natives, remove plants that haven't done well (or have died), divide plants and transplant them, etc. Thanks for stopping by;-)

    Thanks for visiting, Rootdigger. It can get frustrating sometimes, when we realize that the same garden area changes from season to season, month to month, etc...but that is also part of the fun and 'experience' of gardening. Change is inevitable with the growth of trees, position of the sun,etc...It also gives a chance to try new plants that we might not have been able to have before. Thanks for visiting:-)


Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!


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