Mid-May normally ushers in warmer temperatures; this May is no exception. The blissful cool of early spring inevitably gives way to this pre-summer transition period. If you have been wishing for greater warmth, it has been officially fulfilled. Fortunately, the current brand of warm temperatures is not of the ‘swelter’ variety. It will be noticeably warmer, but not quite hot.
I say it won’t be ‘quite hot’, but that is a matter of prospective. The first signs of heat will send many into the shade, as it should. Probably the best part of shade gardening is just that; it is done in the shade.
Gardening in the shade is an easy transition for us humans, but by reducing the amount of available light, the palate of available plants, narrows dramatically. It’s one thing to buy a beautiful plant, but it means little if your new selection is not suited for shade.
When you come out now to peruse around, it is clear where the shade plants are: under the shade cloths. We devote a lot of space and a lot of resources to shade gardening. With so many folks having copious amounts of shade, you deserve to have a diverse selection of flora from which to choose! Additionally, having plants clearly ‘under the shade cloth’ or not helps you to know intuitively whether a selection under consideration by you, is a worthy candidate for the spot you have in mind.
With the likely retreat towards the shady side of the yard upon us, you will no doubt notice some areas where both light and foliage seem to be lacking. We have a special offer for you, as a BatesRewards member. We have brought in HUGE #2 (two-gallon sized) Hostas; their quality and size are amazing. These are as large as a 5-gallon sized hosta. Normally priced $32.99 to $34.99, they are now on sale for only $24.99; click here to take a look! They will go fast.
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