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SHADY RESIDENTIAL

A Shady Garden in Geneva, Illinois on the Fox River



A woodland garden in early July 2011 finds very few, if any, flowers in bloom. Woodland plants flower in Spring and Fall leaving a restful Summertime to enjoy the structure, texture and form of all the plants. We are facing east as the sun rises above the rooftop.



The gentle curve of the garden is far more desirable and appealing than straight lines or gaudy angles.



The garden proudly displays the Conservation Foundation's Conservation At Home sign demonstrating that the garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and that food, shelter and water are available for wildlife.



Ferns. rocks and logs, which I use in all my Woodland gardens, are always appropriate and welcome.



At Art and Linda's Wildflowers we seldom use the word landscaping, preferring to use the term Natural Landscaping. The words groundcover or plant material are forbidden around here. Natural landscaping, as is our style, has as much to do with artistry and Capturing the Spirit of the Natural World as with anything else.



This little stone feature creates a nice surprise in an otherwise naturalized setting.



Spikenard, Aralia racemosa, appears to be a shrub but is actually an herbaceous plant dying down to the roots every Winter and growing back the next Spring. It has white flowers in the Spring and clusters of purple berries later in the year. The horizontal stature of the leaves give the plant a layered look.


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