Bluebells-My Favorite Native Wildflower

One of the most beautiful species of spring ephemerals are Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica).  Perennial Ephemerals simply mean they appear in all their glory for several weeks and then disappear from sight to go underground and reappear next spring. Virginia Bluebells are relatives  of more familiar species -Lungworts, Comfrey, and Forget-Me-Nots - and are so …

From the Ground Up – Choosing the Right Ground Cover for Shade

This spring I toured a gorgeous private garden that is stunning for it's beauty and classic garden design.  I enjoyed strolling through the woodland gardens that were peaking with spring color and was struck by the innovative use of ground covers. No overly used big three - pachysandra, vinca, or ivy to be seen! There is a time …