Thriving up the path in deep shade, in very dry soil under a massive Thuga plicata…left to right:

  • Several Epimediums
  • Gorgeous Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (slow to flesh out…but coming)
  • Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
  • Daphne laureola (I know, I know…very invasive in the PNW, but lovely foliage and I’m extra diligent in making sure it goes nowhere else)
  • X Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’
  • And a little Saxifaga hirsuta out front.

I’m watering 3x a week for the first year, then we’ll see how they do.


Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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