www.larksperennials.com Mid-July SUN and SHADE Gardens

Lark in Dousman, WI

This year in my Wisconsin zone 4-5 we had ALOT of rain. The gardens are really starting to bloom. Shade gardening is one of my favorite, challenging. Please come take a stroll through my yard. I hope you enjoy it.

Back Yard Flower Close-ups Garden Hardscape Large (5,000 - 10,000 sq ft.) Lawn Patio Shade Garden

1 of 30: The back of our home is facing the gardens and woods. Since we have alot of windows, it was important that we have a constant variety of flowers blooming. It took me 12 years but I think I FINALLY achieved Spring, Summer and Fall interest. My Winter interest is left up to nature and my art pieces.

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7 of 30: I am not a collector of daylillies, infact I didn\'t have any the first 5 years of gardening. I thought because they only bloom one day what\'s the point. My Mom got me hooked on them. I am choosey. They must be one of the following: Fragrant, strong branched stems, many blooms and LATE blooming. I do love the spidery ones alot.

8 of 30: This is a early blooming short (24 inches) phlox and VERY FRAGRANT. Carolina Phlox. Foliage ALWAYS looks good. I cut it back after blooming for a neat and tiddy look the rest of the seasons.

9 of 30: Linum or Blue Flax is VERY DROUGHT TOLERANT. The texture it has adds a different look to the garden. And ofcourse I like the BLUE.

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14 of 30: This is a wonderful native plant \'Banebery\' or Doll\'s Eyes. It comes in red or white. I like the red berries, it really brightens up the shade area. The foliage looks fernlike.

15 of 30: Hens and chicks grow so good in this hot sandy area. Do you believe it, my bunnies love to eat them over Winter. I know lay chicken wire over them until Spring. This one is almost a burgundy color.

16 of 30: This Hens and Chicks is a light green with red tips. Nice contrast.