Marlene Mullet from Ohio focuses on lush shade plants and her thriving Etsy shop.
"Spring gardens are my favorite and here in northeast Ohio we have a long spring season, usually with lots of rain. We have a lot of shade on our property which means I am always on the lookout for unique shade plants! I have found a lot of plants meant for sun also do surprisingly well in shade. I have turned our vegetable garden into a planting bed for perennials, which I sell on my Etsy shop, Green Leaf Gardens. It has always been my dream to sell perennials and I absolutely love it! People think I have so much work with all these plants to care for, but for me it is usually not a chore, but great therapy and keeps me active!"
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Gorgeous, lush and fresh, Marlene. It's great to see more of your garden. That's a great Tiarella (Heucherella?) in the last shot. Yay Ohio.
How is it that we always hone in on the same plants?
Thanks Tim! Yes it's a 'Sugar and Spice' tiarella.
Spring is magnificent in your Ohio garden, Marlene. I love the 'lightness' to all of those tiny blossoms... they always make me smile and daydream about the blossoms to come.
Lovely garden Marlene. Love the combinations of plants, texture and color. Thanks for sharing.
Lovely and lush. Love the way you have scattered blue throughout the garden - plants, blossoms, and furniture. (Blue is my new favorite color for the garden). Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Blue is my favorite flower color too:)
Beautiful! I have a shade garden also and I'm always looking for gardens like yours to learn from.
Thanks Susan! I also post a lot of photos of my shade gardens on Instagram under GreenLeafGardens.
Wonderful! I'll follow you. ☺️
Good morning, Marlene. Your shade garden is so lush and is how I hope that mine will eventually look and now I know of a new place to buy plants. Is that tiarella in the last photo and does it spread? Love all of your blues, too. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Linda! The tiarella spreads a little slower but I have already divided some of them..
Heating up that shade with these hot plants! Fresh and beautiful. I agree that the garden, even when it seems like work, really is play and good for the head. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks! Yes great therapy!
I share the joy and passion of my shade garden.
Oh Deb, you should submit your shade garden to the post. Love it.
Is that tiarella 'brass lantern'? I am looking for one! I'm still channeling Tim Vojt! Aren't we all so thrilled that spring is here? I love your pulmonaria also!
Thanks Rhonda! I also love pulmonarias! The tiarella is 'Sugar and Spice'.
Lush and beautiful.
Marlene - your shade beds are absolutely stunning!!
Thanks! Yes I have lots of Corydalis!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful shade garden and great photos. I especially love the seating among the plants and the tiarella is 'Sugar and Spice'.
Hi, Marlene, well, no one can accuse you of being the proverbial cobbler whose children have no shoes...instead, you are a plant seller who has a beautiful garden. You walk the walk of your plant enthusiasm! You have some of my most favorite hostas in your Etsy shop...I adore 'Guacamole', 'Stained Glass', 'Paul's Glory' and 'August Moon'. Coincidently, they seem to be the only ones that the hungry voles have not nibbled to nothingness. Your spring garden is delightful and looks like a wonderful place in which to stay healthy...both physically and mentally.
Thanks for your kind comments! And for looking at my Etsy shop:)
Wonderful! Wish I lived closer so I could come and visit and see your lovely gardens!
Really beautiful, Marlene. Spring really is the most joyous time in the garden - your garden looks beautifully mature & sophisticated combos.
Love your garden Marleen! Spring gardens are my favorites, too. So delicate, so blue, so much to look forward to! Is that a hellebore peeking out from the variegated host in the 1st photo? All photos wonderful. I especially like the one w. the tree/bush w. red leaves (smoke bush?), lime hosta in front of lime grass-like foliage and , maybe, forget-me -nots in the foreground..Pulmonaria lovely with moss phlox. All so inviting!
Good evening Marlene... What a wonder you have created! Shade gardens are my favorite type with ferns and lots of foilage. Hostas seem to really steal the show in them. Thanks for sharing with us!
" Gardening is cheaper than therapy & you get tomatoes " Anon. In your case you get plant sales. . I believe you've mastered shade gardening, Your gardening skills , plant choices & photos are terrific.
Good luck, Joe
Love your shade garden! I also have a shade garden and a woodland garden. Do you use spring ephemerals in your garden like Trilliums, Virginia Bluebells, and Bloodroot?
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