THE PLANT CATALOGS look delicious, but what plans have you made for where those wishlist items might go, and how many of each do you need to make them really say something in the garden? I love creating mixed plantings of shade treasures–bulbs and perennials, and especially extra-early bloomers–under deciduous trees and shrubs. I call the process “Making Mosaics,” and it’s one of the how-to sidebars in my latest book, “The Backyard Parables.” Now it’s also a new video, with photos I’ve taken here at my place.
“The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life” is part memoir and part handbook. I wanted to bring some of the book’s most luscious how-to bits to life in videos such as “Seed-Shopping Rules,” and now my approach to successful underplanting, “Making Mosaics.” (More videos to come as spring rolls out!)
more shade-garden ideas
- I first wrote about the “mosaic” strategy of shade-garden design in 2008 on this website, in a still-popular story called “10 Thoughts on Successful Underplanting.“
- Still hunger for more plants after watching the video? Here’s my slideshow of 51 top shade plants, with links to their full profiles and more design ideas.
- All my shade-garden stories are here, in the archive.
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