Landscaping: Connecticut Shade Gardening

Occasionally, some of our Connecticut landscape clients want us to install a shade garden.  There are so many worthy native plants for natualizing a shade garden but one of my favorite plants for early season interest is Virginia Bluebells.  For early spring, it’s hard to beat these blue flowering plants that will naturalize the forest floor.  Ferns, another favorite for large scale, low maintenance shade gardens, make a great companion plant for the Bluebells.  The Bluebells will break dormancy early, provide an early spring show just as the ferns start to awaken from their winter slumber.  Finally, when the ferns finally hit their stride, the Bluebells are preparing to go dormant for another year. 

If you have a shady area that you are trying to naturalize, give Bluebells a try.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.


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