Today we’re back in Carla Zambelli Mudry’s garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
My shade and woodland gardens are looking magnificent because we’ve had so much rain. I now hope I get a break in the weather pattern so I can just enjoy it.
Throughout my garden you’ll see a little bit of garden art, vintage garden ornaments, old bird baths, and seating. My gardens continue to be inspired by English and Irish gardens—specifically country, cottage, and woodland gardens.
Alchemilla molis (lady’s mantle, Zones 3–8) has velvety leaves and does well in partial shade. Clouds of yellow-green flowers will open soon, but this is a plant most people grow for the foliage.
A scene in a shaded part of the garden, with a variety of textures coming from diverse foliage, accented by garden art.
Weigela (Weigela florida sp., Zones 4–8) in beautiful bloom. Newer selections of weigela have colorful foliage and are usually very small, compact plants, but the old-fashioned selections make larger, more vigorous, graceful shrubs.
A large birdbath wrapped in an impressive stand of cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea, Zones 3–9). This beautiful fern is native to most of the eastern half of North America and loves moist, shady conditions. Usually the fronds reach 2 to 3 feet tall, but in constantly wet soil they can reach up to 5 feet!
A lion watches over the garden.
Small sculptures and stones complement a line of shade perennials.
An owl sculpture rises up out of the flowers to keep an eye on the garden.
The woodland garden has a bench that invites visitors to sit and enjoy the green, peaceful space.
Azaleas in full bloom, a classic flower of spring.
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