Before I had a blog, I had a garden.

I used to do things like go to Master Gardener lectures.
About plant pathology.
And conifer identification.
And intro to entomology.

For fun!!  (But also because I paid absolutely no attention in eighth-grade science.)

So this is a departure from anything house-renovation related, but the shade garden is just coming into bloom, and I really can’t pass up the opportunity to impress you with my horticultural photography.

Here are my favorite shade-garden perennials! (don’t miss my favorite sun-loving flower for cutting.)

Best shade-loving plants!  Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, and are maintenance free!!

Hellebores is by far my favorite shade plant… it loves deep shade, and has thick, dark, evergreen leaves…  It’s the earliest-blooming plant in my garden, AND it flowers for nearly two months.

The rest are the usual shade-dwelling suspects, but you can’t beat them for reliability, AND their willingness to be divided!

They love shade, are incredibly hardy, come back year after year, AND are totally maintenance free!!

  • Hellebores
  • Solomon’s seal
  • Wood poppy
  • Liriope
  • Hosta
  • Fern
  • Pachysandra
  • Bleeding heart

All perennial… They are the easiest plants you can grow!  Ignore them!  They’ll love you!

Click any photo to open shade garden slideshow.

8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!!   8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!!

Wait?  What?
What’s that you say?  DEER?
The destroyers of all that is green and tasty?  The eaters of hosta and lilies and rhododendron and ANYTHING ELSE?

Oh, THOSE deer.

Allow me to MAKE YOUR SPRING and recommend Deer Stopper.

I went to a garden lecture last year, by the horticulture guru at Mt.Cuba … a native-plant conservation-center…where they too have DEER.  Eating all their tasty native plants.

And the guy who is in charge of the woodland plants said that he has tried EVERYTHING.  And this ACTUALLY WORKS.  And smells GOOD.  Which, is almost too good to be true.

My mom ordered some, because she has the hungriest deer EVER… so I’ll update you with her verdict… but just reading the Amazon reviews is heartening.

8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!! 8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!! 8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!! 8 best shade-loving plants! Flowering shade perennials, come back year after year, are maintenance free!!

Anyway… now for the good stuff.

All gardeners have a favorite tool…  mine was beyond old… literally, it was Paul’s grandfather’s and it was the BEST.

It was weirdly skinny, which you wouldn’t think you’d want in a hand shovel, but it totally converted me.  If you’re using a bulky trowel?  You’re missing out on a truly superior gardening experience.

Then it broke in half, while I was death-matching my neighbor’s wisteria that sprouts in my flowerbeds all summer.

So I went looking for a replacement…

And?  If you’ve ever wondered what $50 worth of garden trowel looks like?  This is it.

If shiny is NOT what you look for in YOUR garden tools?  Well then, you are missing out…

Since I was there… and got sucked in… and lack impulse control… I also bought the Sneeboer transplanting trowel.

When they came, Paul opened the box… he picked them up, and said—wow!  These are nice!

Then he looked at the invoice and said— YOU SPENT $100 on shovels?

And I was like—oooooh… SO PRETTY…

Also?  Seriously?  They have added-value, because they double as weapons.
If anyone attacks me while I’m gardening?  They will be SURPRISED.

Win a weeding trowel from Sneeboer!  Garden tool giveaway!

I have to say that I didn’t actually need the bigger trowel, because I use the narrow one for EVERYTHING.  Digging, weeding, splitting, cutting roots… it is literally the ONLY tool I use.

I’m fairly sure that if I needed to, I could use it to chop down a tree.
It’s THAT good.

So I emailed Garden Tool Company, and asked them if they would give one to my readers…
And because they are awesome, they said yes!!

(Don’t worry, I’m also emailing Neiman Marcus.)
(And Paris.  Incase the Parisians are tired of it.)

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