Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! More from Jane’s garden in Prior Lake, Minnesota

Front row:  Purple shamrock (Oxalis triangularis, USDA Hardiness Zones 6-10) and yellow corydalis (Corydalis lutea, Zones 3-9)Second row: Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', Zones 4-8), Hosta 'Cheatin Heart' (Zones 2-8), and two plants improperly sited--annual vinca (Catharanthus roseus 'Jaio Dark Red') and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 4-9; I do like the wispy look in the shade)Third row: Astilboides tabularis (Zones 4-7), a pot of coleus (cultivar unknown) and elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta, Zones 9-11)Fourth row: Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' (Zones 3-8) and a variegated dogwood (Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo', Zones 3-7). 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jane Horn

We featured Jane Horn’s driveway garden in Prior Lake, Minnesota, in the GPOD’s 2nd birthday post, but today we feature another, lusher portion of her garden. She sent these photos in with the following information: “Annuals add welcome color to the shade garden but may not fit your budget year after year. The two dark purple plants in the foreground of this photo are Oxalis triangularis (purple shamrock). They are annuals in my Zone 4 garden but can easily be dug up and overwintered in my basement in a dormant state. No water is required. In mid-April, I begin watering them and move them outside to the sun in mid-May. They readily begin growing and I return them to the garden when they look good enough. The same treatment also applies to the elephant ears, although they are slower growing.”

But really, we need to know more, don’t we? I begged Jane for plant IDs for more of the plants in this amazing garden, and she so nicely replied with a plant list. Yay! I’ve put her IDs in the first caption.

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Jane Horn

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  1. JulieBW 01/20/2012

    I never would have thought of including Russian Sage in this mix, but it's great, a whole different wispy look.

  2. greenthumblonde 01/20/2012

    What colorful combinations. And admirable that you spend the time to dig out and overwinter the oxalis.

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    meander_michaele 01/20/2012

    That is an absolutely beautiful composition. Everything seems to bring out the best in its neighbor. The gentle delicacy of the Russian Sage adds to the perfection. I hope this grouping is in a spot that Jane sees multiple times a day.

  4. Steepdrive 01/20/2012

    What a lovely combination. I especially like the purple with the green.

  5. pattyspencer 01/20/2012

    It's so densely pack with plants that one would think it would be a mess but it isn't - every plant has it's own spotlight. The colors really blend well with one another and I agree that adding the Russian Sage adds to the grouping. Love it!

  6. priscilla_zone5 01/20/2012

    Jane, thank you for your lovely photos + for adding the cultivars' names. I've never grown oxalis but will definitely try it now. That little 'Cheatin' Heart' hosta may be little but it sure shines in your shade bed!

  7. Happily_Gardening 01/20/2012

    A lovely garden of texture and color, very inspirational. I was surprised to see the shamrock, first I've seen in a garden. About 15 years ago I received one as a gift which thrives well in the living's in bloom now. s
    Several years ago I divided it and the division is doing well too, also in bloom. Seeing the Russian Sage gives me a glimpse of what I hope I'll see in our hillside garden this spring. Planted several plants in late fall which were hit by a few frosts, so I've got my fingers crossed.

  8. greengrowler 01/20/2012

    Beautiful tapestry of texture and color! I've found that at times "improperly sited" plants behave in the most surprisingly delightful ways. Great artistry, Jane.

  9. sheilaschultz 01/20/2012

    Jane, your garden is a feast for the eyes. The textures are yummy as are the color combinations. Thank you for giving all of us a few ideas for the upcoming season.

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