By Kim Charles

Laurel Statz of Cross Plains, WI showcases last summers prolific bloomers.

"We used to live in a big old farm house with much shade around.  I was quite comfortable with shade gardening.  Then we built a log home and moved there to bareness.  I've had to learn a new kind of gardening with sun and I've been working on growing some shade.  There's always the north side of the house, right.

This past summer I got quite serious about adding organic material and rock phosphate to the beds.  I was very rewarded for my efforts.  The natural soil is clay and gravel and this year I kept a bag of compost with me wherever I worked in the gardens."

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