Shade Lovers

Finding shady areas for plants can be a challenge if you live where the sun glares down with full force for months at a time.  Shade doesn’t have to be a totally dark area, but one where there is no direct sunlight.

In my case, that means covered porches or close to the trunks of large trees.  My porch areas can look messy because I also root many plants there.  Here are Coleuses, Old fashioned Geraniums, and an Aloe Vera.

Coleus may seem like an old lady plant; since I’m an old lady and it’s only been a favorite the last couple of years, that fits.  But it brings color in areas where flowers won’t bloom.

This one came from a cutting about four years ago.  Coleuses root easily in water and are great pass-along plants.

The lime green ones really brighten up a shady place.

This is an attempt at a fairy garden.  Problem is:  when you water, pebbles and other small articles tend to wash away or fall over.  Variegated Ice Plant has grown like wildfire.

A professional gardener for a public garden made the statement that neatness is more important than what you plant.  I disagree wholeheartedly.  And, let’s face it, it’s difficult to keep a garden weeded and cleared of debris when you don’t have a staff.  That’s my excuse.

Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) branches bend over and grow crookedly.  This one will definitely have to be cut back before carrying it into the shed for winter.  Maybe some friends would like a cutting?

The thorns are vicious.  This one came from a cutting about six or seven years ago.  Several cuttings have been made from the original planting and propagated and given away.

This was bought at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  It can’t take our cold winters, like many of the other plants shown in this post.  It also has sharp thorns.  I keep telling myself to toss it, but here it is after two years.

These three pots of plants have been here for years and years.  The Red Apple Ice Plant (Aptenia cordifolia) on the left and the Autumn Joy Sedum are perennial, and thankfully do not have to be toted into the shed for the winter.  These are succulents, so broken stems can be planted directly into potting soil.

The Purple Oxalis  is not cold hardy.

The Sedum will put on a show with pink flower clusters soon.

Pale pink flowers contrast nicely with the purple leaves of Oxalis, which is in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae.

African Blue Basil  (Ocimum kilimandscharicum) is another new favorite.  The smell is wonderful.  It does not reseed but can be propagated with cuttings rooted in water.

To the left is another Autumn Joy Sedum, Kalanche on the right, and Asparagus Fern in the back.

Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) is an extremely hardy perennial ground cover.  As demonstrated by this picture, it spreads rapidly and should be contained.  This flowerbed is surrounded by a porch and a sidewalk on two sides.

The light pink flowers always show up white in my pictures.  The stems can be broken or cut and rooted in water.  Another good pass-along plant.

“You can lead a man to congress, but you can’t make him think.”  Milton Berle

Magnolia Garden Area

The best part of the whole Magnolia Market, in my opinion, are the gardens near the Seed Supply store at the back of the complex.

The old grain shoot (I’m guessing that is what it is) filled with flowers leads the way to the gardens.

At the entrance to the garden is this funky sink.

A flowerbed along the fence contains Blackfoot daisies, gaura, and several other plants.

Raised beds contain vegetables.

Just love the old rusted container.  Wonder what its original purpose was?

Think these are Brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)

Vitex bush with some privets.  Vitex or Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is said to be the Texas lilac. They have clusters of purple flowers in an upright cone shape and love the heat.

Blackfoot daisies (Melampodium leucanthum Torr. & A. Gray) need very little water and are a good choice for the border edge.

At the door to the Seed Supply are two of these interesting metal stands.  I’m not sure if they once had a purpose or are just ornamental made to look old.

Old table converted into a flowerbed.

Inside are some of Joanna’s signature decorating techniques, like the metal awning on the inside of a window.

And, of course, shiplap walls.

A cute small greenhouse.  Wonder if these will be offered for sale later?

Beautiful Foxglove.

Where two garden pathways intersect, at each corner is a birdbath with a fairy scene.

As I look at these pictures, I wonder if these old-looking metal wash pans were for sale there?  Great for planters.

Somewhere I read or saw on their show that Joanna had their four children help put these together.

Old fashioned bent wood swing makes me nostalgic about my dad’s old home place.

I didn’t see any trees that had been planted to shade this area in the future.

Enjoyed all the creative ideas to use in a garden.

Silos make a great backdrop for photos.

Magnolia Market attracts thousands of visitors a month and is good for Waco.  It also seems to provide lots of jobs for Baylor students.  Congrats to the Gaines for their vision and a fun place to visit.

“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper.  The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”  Andy Rooney