Saturday, January 28, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 135: Plants for Shade

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Lee Miller, landscaper designer and bloggerabout plants for shade. The plant profile is on Abutilon and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with C.L. Fornari, who shares the Last Word on Growing Vegetables from Seed.

You can order Lee's new book, Shade Gardening for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: A Guide to Planning the Ultimate Shade Garden, from Amazon here:

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Show Notes:

01:02 Meet Lee Miller, landscape designer and blogger, to learn all about shade gardening! 02:39 Shade garden requests are becoming more common – here’s why. 04:40 Lee defines the difference between partial and full shade. 05:42 Strange winter weather in Long Island? 06:28 Kathy explains typical Mid-Atlantic winter weather. 07:21 What should I do before I start shade gardening? 08:54 Favorite evergreen trees and shrubs. 09:16 Osmanthus Goshiki has “beige, pink, and gold shades” in new foliage. 10:34 Lee’s tips for daphnes and camellias. 11:24 Boxwood green gems are the perfect shrub! 11:51 What to do about boxwoods and fungal infections. 14:12 Ilex aquifolium argentea marginata, or however it is pronounced. 15:07 Hoogendorn holly: it’s perfect with other shade plants. 16:09 “Three main layers to the landscape” – Lee 16:30 “The colder it gets the more it glows.” 17:25 The eastern redbud’s beautiful, purple flowers. 19:06 Japanese dogwoods, shrubs or small trees? 20:34 All about deciduous shrubs for shade gardens. 22:05 What is the St. Johnswort magical universe? 23:01 “Another shorty” deciduous shrub. 23:54 Always know what zone you’re in! 25:01 The sparkle of water droplets on the leaves is part of (lady’s mantle) charm.” 26:52 Why are 'Sun King' plants in the shade garden? 27:49 “The bigger, hairier cousin of Astilbe.” – Kathy 29:54 Panera? No Brunnera. 30:40 Deer-resistant perennials! 33:25 Hot lips? Turtle Head? A wildflower meant for partial shade. 35:43 The best coral bells (trust us, Lee has tried many). 37:09 You obviously can’t talk about shade gardening without talking about hostas. 38:52 Curly fries? I thought we were talking about plants. 39:29 Lungworts or pulmonaria – “That’s a beauty.” 40:38 Finally, an entire chapter about shade-loving annuals, they’re great for filling in spots. 42:13 “I had fun hiding behind the leaves.” – Lee 43:46 Shade gardening maintenance tip: try drip irrigation. 44:43 Mulching! (Please don’t pile it) 45:48 Lee’s favorite shade plant combinations. 48:00 Don’t be intimidated by shade gardening, go to the nursery and enjoy it. 48:31 Check out Lee’s blog: A Guide to Northeastern Gardening 49:23 Learn about Abutilon, this week’s plant profile. 51:01 Garden updates: Daffodils are showing color and Spring is near. 51:29 Upcoming events: Maryland’s Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species; Winter Tree Walk; Getting Ready for Spring talk. 55:25 Last Word: growing vegetables from seed. 56:32 “I would not be without Tuscan kale in my garden.” 58:23 Growing vegetables from seeds makes sense financially

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 72: Low-Maintenance Gardening

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 18 on Shade Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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