Woodland Wildflowers for Shade


      Oldersubdivisions and urban lots are often filled with shade. Consider using woodland wildflowers for theshady areas in your yard.

      Earlyspring flowers like Hepatica andbloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) have given way to afavorite mid spring bloomer, the trillium. Its white flowers make it a standout in the shade.

      And the unique flowers of Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) are sure to catchthe imagination of visitors, while the beautiful Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) provide nectar forthe butterflies and hummingbirds.

      Canadianginger (Asarum canadense) can quicklyfill in and take over shaded areas. Theflowers appear at the soil line for ground insects to pollinate.

      And the Merrybells (Uvularia perfoliata) are just starting to add color to the springdisplay.

      Cultivatedvarieties of natives are sometimes included in natural plantings. The colorful Solomon seal's (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum') leavescontinue to brighten the shade after the white bell shaped flowers disappear.

      Look to, but don'tcollect from nature when creating a woodland wildflower garden. Purchase plants native to your area andprepare the soil for planting. Work toimprove your soil by incorporating organic matter and using shredded leaves asa soil mulch.

      Visit for more gardening tips, videos, audio tips and more.