A Woodland Wonderland

by Amanda

Woodland Wildflower, Trillium

White Trillium

Many of us are fortunate enough to live in tall, shady woodland areas bursting with beautiful wildlife and ever-changing foliage. Add to your already enchanting area by planting native woodland wildflowers – All you need are the right plants and a little patience!

Choosing your Area

Woodland wildflowers and plants prefer moist soil and as much shade as possible. Choose an area that fits these criteria and is already enticing in some natural way. This could mean a few interesting rocks, a cluster of moss-covered trees, or some other naturally-beautiful landmark that could be a wonderful setting for an enchanting woodland garden.

Selecting Plants

There is a very specific group of plants that will thrive in perpetually-moist, shady conditions. Trillium will do splendidly in your shady woodland garden, adding elegance with delicate, unique blooms. We carry five colorful, early-blooming varieties of Trillium. If you are looking to create a natural carpet on your forest floor, try planting Creeping Wintergreen, Bloodroot or Hepatica. Add bright color to your shady garden with Blue Cardinal Flower or Wild Violet. Black Cohosh is a tall plant that produces whimsical candles of white flowers. There are several other woodland varieties that will add elegance and splendor to your shady garden – You can find our complete selection here.

Woodland Wildflower, Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Patience

The wonderful trait of woodland wildflowers is that once established, they are very hardy and easy to care for, creating a spectacular show year after year. The key to building this type of garden is patience. Although these plants prefer a shady environment, not having the help of the sun makes them extremely slow growers. It can take Trillium 6-10 years to bloom if planted from seed. Our woodlands plants are more mature than this, but will still take some time to acclimate to your environment and bloom.

Who wouldn’t want to take a stroll through their woodland property and take in the wonder of beautiful blooms, a natural carpet of Creeping Wintergreen, and the sweet fragrance of Turk’s Cap Lilies? Although these woodland beauties take some time to establish and bloom, the result is well worth the wait.

  1. Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. ...

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    Ostrich Fern Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
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    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. Like most ferns, this one prefers a cool, moist spot and will spread and thrive in any wet, shady area of the garden. A notably graceful plant. (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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  2. White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, Wake-Robin

    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth th...

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    White Trillium White Wake Robin, Wood Lily Trillium grandiflorum
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    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 4 inches across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth the wait. Seeds produced by the plants and underground roots and will spread slowly into drifts of trillium that look like a white blanket covering the ground. (Trillium grandiflorum)
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  3. White Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-do...

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    Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
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    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants. Blooming in early spring, the delicate fern-like foliage lasts on, changing from a gray-green to pale yellow. A simple yet striking addition to the shade or woodland garden. (Dicentra cucullaria)
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  4. Jack In The Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to ...

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    Jack in the Pulpit Jack in the Pulpit, Cobra Lily Arisaema triphyllum
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    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to produce brilliantly-red berries. A truly stunning, unique plant for the shade garden, Jack in the Pulpit can reproduce and spread over time in moist soils. (Ariseama triphyllum)
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