Astilbe and The Shade Garden

This week in our shade garden, the white Astilbe is just stunning. This Astilbe is in its fifth season.

Wow, don't you just love this plant? The feathery blooms bring great color and texture to this garden.

Other shade loving plants surround the Astilbe in the garden. You can see several varieties of hosta, winter hardy ferns and autumn ferns 

This shade-loving garden has been a work in progress over six years. I just kept expanding it until finally I decided to surround it with garden stones to keep its size in check. 

A new Hosta to our garden this spring is named Bedazzled Plantain Lily. The tag says is should get 7" H x 21" W. 

Spiderwort was added to the garden last fall and I'm happy that it is blooming. It is known for its long bloom period. Each bloom only lasts one day but each plant produces many blooms. I read that it is invasive but who could refuse a free plant from a friend. 

Hardy ferns were added each year except this year. This garden is usually my last one to work in each spring because new hardy ferns pop up and I don't want to destroy them. 

Hince, I'm still working in here to get rid of some unwanted guests. 

The Autumn Ferns were the first ferns added to our shade garden. They are so beautiful throughout the growing season. They emerge as coppery red in the spring then turn to a bright, glossy, kelly green in summer. 

I hope you can image how gorgeous they are when the wind is lightly blowing and their fronds (leaves) are moving. Awwwe!

Here is a short video of my Autumn Ferns. Hope it plays. Let me know!

One new Astilbe was added to the shade garden this spring. It is the Country & Western Astilbe with salmon pink blooms. Next year, it should be much larger.

Heucheras (Cora Bells) are also planted in the shade garden. The one below was  planted about five years ago. 

A new Heuchera was added this year named Marvelous Marble.

I recently found a video channel that is fabulous. The channel is Garden Answer. Here is the link. She has great videos on gardening. You can also find her on Instagram under Garden Answer. 

That's it for our Shade Garden, thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

Our World @ Our World Tuesday on Monday

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday pm 

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Wonderful Wednesday @ Oh My Heartsie Girl on Monday

All About Home @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home on Monday

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Tuesday Turn About Link Party @ Thistle Key Lane at 5 pm on Tuesday

Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row on Tuesday evening

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6 pm

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner

Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday 

Floral Friday @ Floral Friday Foto

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Friday With Friends @ My Hubbard Home

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country

Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Hearth and Soul Link Party @ April J. Harris on Sunday

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Party in Your PJ's @ The Apple Street Cottage on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm


  1. You have all my favorites for shade gardens! We have a shade garden filled with a variety of hostas, sedum, liriope and other plants. Your astilbe is so gorgeous! And your gardens are lovely! Pinning!

  2. I love astilbe too! Your looks great and is spreading out nicely. The ferns and hosta all look great too. Putting the stones around sounds like a good idea! Collecting Hosta is addicting!

  3. I first saw astilbe in a public garden here in New Zealand and promptly fell in love! Your garden is looking so pretty :)

    So happy to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

  4. Wow ! The Astible blooms are stunning, Thanks for joining in Garden Affair.

  5. Lovely!
    My garden gets more shade each year as trees mature. You have given me ideas for plants that should grow well here. Thanks!

  6. Hi Judy! Your garden looks so very pretty! I'm a big fan of hostas and yours are so very pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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