April 6th Gardening

Posted By on April 6, 2013

Larkspurs (Delphinium elatum) set on either side of a hollyhock (Alcea rosea).

Larkspurs (Delphinium elatum) set on either side of a hollyhock (Alcea rosea).

I have been enjoying free classes on gardening at one of our nearby nurseries, and this week’s class was about shade gardens. I find that it’s very important to grow what works in your area. Too many places sell plants that are not meant for the local climate zone. Additionally, what is a perennial down south here in Texas may not be a perennial farther north. Some plants that are labeled as “full sun” are really meant for more temperate climates. “Full sun” in Texas is far more sun than “full sun” in Vermont for example.

Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans does well in part to full shade.

Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans) does well in part to full shade.

After the class, as I’m sure the clever nurserymen had planned, we picked up a few things to add color and texture to our garden. The next stop was at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden where they were having their yearly plant sale. The only rule, enforced by my husband, was we could only buy what we could carry. With 3 of us we still got a good amount of plants. I concentrated mainly on our shade garden, my mother-in-law was working on adding to the butterfly wildflower garden, and my poor husband just trying to keep his wallet intact. I caught him grabbing a few pepper plants though, and he surprised me by buying us a membership to the Botanical Garden. Now I can volunteer there and hopefully learn even more.

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