Objective and Design
The Shade Garden became a part of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in part as a result of the layout of the acreage. One entire length of the SDG is under the canopy of mature oaks on the property of the Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center. Another important reason for having the Shade Garden is that it is very typical of many parts of El Dorado County.
The SG has all the elements of the challenges of gardening in a shady situation. Found within the SG are areas that are in deep shade, some in filtered shade, some in morning sun and afternoon shade and some that have more shade during the summer months than in the winter.
Additionally, while the majority of the SG typifies the dry shade conditions that are endemic to EDC, a part of it lies along the bed of a creek that is dry during the summer months but flowing in the wetter months. The ground along the creek bank retains more moisture than the rest of the SG.
The overall goal is to provide information to the gardening public that will help them deal with their shady situations.
Shade Garden Plant List
Here is the complete plant list for the Shade Garden.
The Shade Garden is always the first to show each year. The garden was designed for year-round interest. Right now the Bleeding Heart are delightful, there are Coral Bells of all colors; lime green peach, and maroon, all coming out for Spring. The Redtwig Dogwood is blooming as they leaf out. The Heartleaf Bergenia are a bright spot in the garden.