Category Archives: Shade Garden

Spring Beauty or Beast?

When spring finally arrived in the DC metro area, a rather showy groundcover had already made its presence known – lesser celandine or Ranunculus ficaria.
Despite its visual appeal, this groundcover is highly invasive. Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 2

By Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Originally posted April 2012 Continued from Ephemerals in the Shade Garden – Part 1, featuring bulbs, corms and trilliums. Although Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden is home to spring flowers in a variety of … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 1

If you have planted daffodils or crocuses, then you have grown ephemerals. Bulbs and corms produce a succession of colorful blooms from January to May. Once they complete their display, they retreat and rest underground until the next spring. . . . In the United States, though, the term “spring ephemerals” usually refers to native North American wildflowers whose natural habitat is a deciduous forest. Continue reading

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Sunny/Shade Garden Tour – This Sunday!

Come join us this Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2-4 pm at the Sunny & Shade Garden Tour at Bon Air Park. Continue reading

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Summer in the Shade Garden – Shade Garden Phlox

By Dina Lehmann-Kim, Certified Master Gardener All Photos © 2017 Dina Lehmann-Kim In late July through early August, the Shade Garden at Bon Air Park features a floral display that is short-lived but spectacular nonetheless. The plant, Lycoris squamigera, also … Continue reading

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Hellebores – A Gardener’s Comfort

By Dina Lehman Avid gardeners spend the winter months gazing through plant catalogs, planning for changes and new additions to their gardens while eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring. The hellebore, an evergreen plant that usually reaches 15 inches … Continue reading

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