It's not unusual for nature lovers to go to a national park in the hopes of seeing rare woodland plants and wildflowers. And more often than not they are disappointed, missing these elusive flowering plants for shade. What is the best way to see them, besides sadly looking through your underused field guide? By having your own woodland gardens. Woodland gardens. Adding flowering plants for shade might be easier said than done, as they might not be easy to find at retail stores. Online nurseries that specialize in unusual and hard to find plants, like Plant Delights Nursery, are a great resource to find plants for woodland gardens and native plants.
Those same flowers that are hard to find in the wild, might be hard to find because they are rare or sometimes because they only bloom at certain times and are easy to miss otherwise. This doesn't mean the plant isn't worth growing, but it can make them harder to grow and sell, so they may be harder to find. Plant Delights Nursery specializes in hard to find plants and offers a large selection of hard to find flowering plants for shade. Those rare plants are worth having in personal woodland gardens because you may not be in the Great Smoky Mountains at the right time to see it, but chances are you'll see it in your yard. And seeing them, especially after growing them yourself, is incredibly rewarding.
So what should you grow in your woodland gardens? Aside from flowering plants for shade, which is a given, many choices are possible. It varies from place to place based on climate and our online catalog can help you find plants appropriate for you. Your local agricultural extension office and master gardeners may be able to help, and you're more than welcome to contact us. There are many great woodland plants available, but it may be hard to know where to start.
If you like unusual leaves and flowers, the aroids make great choices for the woodland garden. The arisaemas (jack-in-the-pulpits), amorphophallus, typhoniums, and sauromatums(loosely known collectively as voodoo lilies)make wonderful woodland specimen plants with their unusual leaves and large unusual flowers. The trilliums add unusual form and marbled leaves to the woodland garden in early spring, and native flare. Sanguinaria, podophylum peltatum (mayapple), gentiana, cardamine, and iris cristata are some other lovely natives for the woodland garden. While disporum, polygonatum, paeonia obvata, cyclamen, dicentra, and calanthe are some lovely woodland perennials from around the world. These and many more plants are available at Plant Delights Nursery so you don't have to scour the wilderness to see them, unless you want to.