Shady Lane Garden with Emerald Isle
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Shady Lane Garden with Emerald Isle

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Common Name: Preplanned Garden
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Apr-Aug
Mature Height: 18-36" Ships as: BAREROOT
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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.


  • Prepare the soil in an area about 5′ by 20′, removing any grass, weeds, or stones. Loosen the soil by digging down the length of a shovel's blade, approximately 10–12″. Turn a 3–4″ layer of organic matter—such as compost, aged manure, or leaf mold—into your soil.
  • Arrange the bareroot plants following the planting diagram—or arrange to accommodate your planting area—making sure you leave enough space between plants for them to reach their mature size. Keep in mind that as the Dicentra and Mertensia go dormant, the Hosta and Polygonatum foliage will fill in.
  • Dig a hole for each plant wide enough to spread out the roots and deep enough for the crown to be 1″ below soil level.
  • Remove and discard packing material as you place each plant in its hole, spreading the roots before covering with soil. Work soil around the roots, then firm the soil around the crown.
  • Water plants in thoroughly. Mulch with 2–3″ of shredded leaves or bark, keeping mulch an inch or so away from the crowns of plants to discourage disease.




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.


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. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the 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.



Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (5 Reviews) Write a Review

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A little confused

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.

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Can't say enough about this collection.

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!

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Very satisfying for first time gardener

Planted the first week of April, and all 34 plants have come up and are thriving. Bleeding hearts and bluebells began blooming within 3 weeks.

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Shady Lane Show

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!

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shady lane sadness.

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.

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