Our Shady Lane Garden grows near the nursery on a narrow road lined with ancient Sugar Maples. Here Virginia Bluebells and old-fashioned Bleeding Hearts, both pink and white, spread on their own there among variegated Solomon's Seal. Over the years we've added the Emerald Isle Hosta Collection, our favorite ground cover for shade. The Hostas are just waking up as the others are in bloom, but once fully unfurled, their leaves create a lush, weed-smothering carpet. Hostas are categorically the finest ground cover for shade and one of the loveliest and most popular elements for designing a long-term and carefree garden.
The Shady Lane Garden includes 34 plants: 2 plants of Dicentra spectabilis, 1 of D. s. 'Alba,' 5 of Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum,' 6 of Mertensia virginica, plus the Emerald Isle (5 each of 4 different Hostas).
Plants are vigorous and healthy and will take hold quickly. Each variety is labeled. Garden measures approx. 5′ by 20′. Tallest plant is Dicentra (36″). Shipped with planting plans.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Jenny from San Francisco, CA
We put in the Shady Lane Garden last fall. So far only about 10 of the 34 plants we planted came in. It's a bummer- our Shady Lane Garden has huge holes and bare areas. I'm not sure what happened.
B from Boston, MA
Just received my delivery and getting ready for planting. Unfortunately, the plants are not marked in a fashion that a novice gardener can figure out easily. I wish that the plants were marked with the letters that correspond on the Garden plan provided. I ordered a few others plants that arrived in the same box and were not marked either so it took me about an hour to figure things out. Hopefully once planted everything will come together.
KY North Fork Gardener from Hazard, KY
We planted the Shady Lane garden last year...kind of late...and had a very dry summer. It looked as if a lot of the plants would not make it. This year, with an especially cold winter and rainy spring, the garden simply sprang alive. While I thought I was running only about <50% on the hostas last year, fully 80, maybe 85% of them are coming up. All of the bleeding hearts and Solomon Seals made it. Had to replant the bluebells. (My fault. Forgot them in the refrigerator.) If this year is any indication of how lovely it is, can't wait for next year. Amazing what a difference some water makes!
LeoGardner from Salem, MA
I had no experience with bare root plants, but won't hesitate to order them again. These went in the ground on May 9 and I saw growth in a couple days. By the end of the first week some of the hostas were already 3 inches tall. The bleeding hearts are coming up as well. Great results so far!