Wednesday Vignette – Side Garden
Fine, it’s actually Thursday at this point, but don’t get hung up on technicalities. On to the vignette.
The west side of our house is a little bit challenging.The relatively narrow side yard between our house and the neighbors’ is mostly shady. There is also a rain shadow from the roof that keeps the area right along the brick wall fairly dry. Here you will find the path that leads to the back garden.
In late April you can see the Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) leafing out along the stone path. Many people prefer the shiny European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum). Both are good groundcovers for shade, but I prefer the downy, olive green leaves of the North American species. This is not the same as culinary ginger, though the roots are edible and have a similar smell.
At the near end Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) are blooming. It’s hard to see, but among the Wild Ginger Lady Ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) are unfurling. Closer to the wall, ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are just starting to leaf out. ‘Annabelle’ is a rugged shrub, quite happy in dry shade. Later in summer its big, white puffball flowers will make their appearance.
From this vantage point you can’t see the moist north end of the border. There you will find White Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis var. alba) and Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans), among other plants.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum, follow the link to see more intriguing garden scenes.