Shade, in Florida, is a beautiful thing this time of year. I've enjoyed our back deck, under the live oaks, so much this summer. Honestly, without the shade we have, I wouldn't be spending much time outdoors, which would make for a miserable me. The sunny gardens, out front, are only visited after a cooling rain, or early in the morning. By nine o'clock, I flee the sun drenched front, and retreat to our shady haven around back. This morning , while checking out front for new blooms, I came upon these two visitors...
Butterflies seemed to be everywhere this morning, 'tis the season. I followed several around, but they were 'nervous nellies' and wouldn't land, so I left them in peace and headed around back. While I may not have many blooms under the leafy, oak canopy, I am not without color. Caladiums and coleus do a wonderful job of livening up the shadows...
Caladiums will always be my number one plant choice, for shade gardens. The punch of color they add, their ease of care, and the fact that they return each season, bigger and better, makes them deserving of praise. Coleus too, brighten up a shady spot, but they are an annual where I live, so they have to be purchased every season. When I began this post, I thought I could easily rattle off my three favorite shade loving plants, but I'm stopping at one, and calling all the rest my favorites. If you haven't figured it out yet, I love shade plants.
Hostas bring the essential, restful green that a garden full of coleus and caladiums need.
They also have beautiful blooms.
Gingers are great shade plants, and are so varied. I have curcumas, which are 'hidden gingers', Disney, Peacock, Pine Cone, Shell and other gingers.
Variegated ginger leaves.
Then I have shrubs... azaleas, camellias, night blooming jasmine and of course, hydrangeas. Hydrangeas occupy the only shady spot in my front yard. Wouldn't you know, caladiums too.
Now, in the morning sun.
Just a few more photos of my 'shady friends'.
You're unique, your garden should be too. Thanks for visiting.