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. Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum

    Bring cheer to your summer garden with the native Celandine Poppy (also known as the Wood Poppy). Blooms are sunny-yellow with frilly centers, offset by beautiful blue-green foliage....

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    Celandine Poppy Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum
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    Bring cheer to your summer garden with the native Celandine Poppy (also known as the Wood Poppy). Blooms are sunny-yellow with frilly centers, offset by beautiful blue-green foliage. Will thrive in part to full shade, where its low-growing habit makes for an excellent groundcover. (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  2. Sweet Betsy Trillium, Toadshade Trillium, Trillium cuneatum

    Sweet Betsy Trillium, aka Toadshade, is a perennial native wildflower that blooms during the spring. A small deep burgundy flower blooms from the center of the three main leaves. Lea...

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    Sweet Betsy Trillium Toadshade Trillium, Wood Lily, Sweet Betsy Trillium cuneatum
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    Sweet Betsy Trillium, aka Toadshade, is a perennial native wildflower that blooms during the spring. A small deep burgundy flower blooms from the center of the three main leaves. Leaf patterns vary, but include shades of forest green, light green, and silver that together resemble the coloring of a toad’s skin—hence the common name. A beautiful addition to woodland or shade gardens in zones 5-8. (Trillium cuneatum)
  3. Woodland Wildflower Collection

    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each v...

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    Woodland Wildflower Collection Woodland Wildflower Collection
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    The Woodland Wildflower Collection includes 6 varieties of beloved plants found in the woods of North America. Blooming in the spring as the sun peeks through the tree canopy, each variety will provide rich foliage in summer and autumn as they spread and naturalize. Includes Virginia Bluebells, Snowy White Trillium, Dwarf Crested Iris, Jack in the Pulpit, Bloodroot, and Dutchman's Breeches.
  4. Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina, Lady Fern

    The Lady Fern is a smaller woodland fern with a distinctive look. With finely-cut, almost frilly fronds, this one is beautifully decorative and a lovely addtion to the shade garden....

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    Lady Fern Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina
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    The Lady Fern is a smaller woodland fern with a distinctive look. With finely-cut, almost frilly fronds, this one is beautifully decorative and a lovely addtion to the shade garden. Although Lady Ferns are more tolerant of dry soils than other ferns, adequate moisture is a must if planted in sunny spots. (Athyrium filix-femina)
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