This spring I am planning to try some new plantings in the beds. I have been researching these plants and I think they will fit in good with the theme of the woodland garden. Most of the conditions are right and f they establish themselves well it will certainly be a big asset.
The first plant on the list is an astilbe ‘Maggie Daley’ is named after the current Mayor of Chicago’s wife so it is a must try for that reason alone. Itis due in part to her influence that Chicago has turned into such a green city. This is a astilbe A. chinensis cultivar so it is suppose to withstand dry conditions better than most cultivars. It blooms from late spring to early summer and is floriferous (meaning it has many many flowers) the color is a lavender toned purple.
The plant will tolerate heavy shade and needs rich moist soil and will establish it’s self quickly. Once established it will tolerate the dryer conditions. The foliage is suppose to be a dark forest green. I will defiantly be ordering some of theses.
Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ is slow growing clumping groundcover that likes moist well drained soil and partial shade. Once it becomes established it is very vigorous it can even withstand the dry shade under trees. The leaves start out green in early spring and by fall are a blaze of crimson cover. Once established this plant will reach 12″ tall and a foot across. After establishment it is very drought tolerant.
Cimicifuga (Actaea) cultivaris a dark bronze almost black leaf this plant has foot long spikes of sweet smelling white flowers from late summer throughout the fall. Hillside Black Beauty does well in moist acidic soil with a lot of compost and will grow to 4′ to 5′ tall even in dense shade. a Native American plant this one I really want.
These are a couple of the plants I will be ordering for the woodland garden this spring. I will keep you update throughout the year on their progress.