Re: [gardeners] flowers for my area (
Sat, 14 Feb 1998 17:19:24 +0000

Angelika wrote.  I'd like to add
> (possibly bright) color to the areas of my yard that are mostly shade.
> Foxglove is one perfect example.  Any other ideas?

Having had the fun (challenge?) of gardening in a desert, in England, 
in a swamp, in Southern California, and now in the rockbound hills of 
Texas -- shade/no frost/wet sounds a piece of cake!  There are so 
many varieties of impatience and they light up any shady corner and 
mine are insatiable drinkers of water.  There are hostas in brights 
and variegations.  And hellebors, trillium, lily of the Valley, 
phlox, violets, bluebells, daffocils, all the little bulbs, 
bluebells, primroses, astilbe, day lilies, lilies, and all of the 
ferns.  Annuals?  balsam, wax begonia, caladia, fushsia, nicotiana, 
lobelia (how jealous I am of those who can have lobelia).  You can 
have a riot of color intermingled with beautiful greenery, annuals 
and perennials, herbs and vegetables intermingled with the flowers.  
Oregon is a wondrous place to garden. Enjoy!

Pat, in the Texas Hill Country with a quarter inch of soil on top of