Let the Planting Begin

When we moved in this house last year, there were no planting beds and precious little greenery anywhere in the yard, so it’s been quite an undertaking to get the yard up to speed. There are still vast stretches of bare dirt in one of the planting beds in the side yard, and we’ve been itching to get something fresh and green in there. The problem is, and if you’re living in The Woodlands, you’re going to have this problem, the problem is the shade. Deep, deep shade.

Oh, right now, the bed enjoys lots of sunshine for most of the day, but as soon as these huge post oaks leaf out again in the spring, it will be daylong twilight over there. So I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve decided to put a few things in pots that I can move around and maneuver to get a little sun, and I’ve also decided on lots of hostas and ferns for the bed itself. They’re not planted yet, but I think that’s the way to go in deep shade. If you have any other suggestions, I’d be glad to hear them.

I got a palm tree and a bird of paradise for pots on the back patio. The planters will be on wheels so I can move them easily, and we’ve still got the old asparagus ferns from last year. I babied them along all winter long, dragging them inside and outside as the temperature went up and down, and they survived quite well. Our two potted hibiscus plants are already blooming, and I planted a few pots of caladium bulbs yesterday. They were huge and beautiful last year, a gift from our friends in Baytown, and I can’t wait to see if they do as well this time around.

This is a fun time of the year. Yesterday I noticed a few wild flowers blooming in the median right at the junction of Lake Woodlands and Grogan’s Mill. Beautiful purple blossoms, waving in the breeze. I didn’t even mind that I caught the red light. I got to sit there and enjoy the show. I’ve also spotted some red buds blooming along Sawmill Road. Every day it seems that there’s something new to appreciate. I can’t wait to get out there again today and look around, see what’s new, and plan out our own little green belt here beside the house.


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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2 Responses to Let the Planting Begin

  1. Patricia says:

    In germany we have beautiful plants called ASTILBE (which is their latin name too). They come in many varieties and grow in deep shade, I am sure they would grow in your yard too but I don’t know their english name.

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