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Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 147
Midwest   Chinese hardy orchid (Bletilla striata and cvs.) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Light shade or morning sun; moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil The first time you see a Chinese hardy orchid flowering you kind of rub your eyes: Did a garden fairy drop her corsage after the prom? It really is a perennial here, which flowers in late spring to early summer, with three to seven flowers atop each wiry stem. The foliage is beautifully pleated, and happy plantings slowly grow into sizable clumps.   ‘HGC Pink Frost’ hellebore (Helleborus  ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’) Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and up to 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, fertile, well-drained soil ‘HGC Pink Frost’ is part of a new series of hellebores that, for the Midwest, bloom very early, some as early as…

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