The corgis and I ran across the most beautiful display of Old-Fashioned Bleeding Hearts this evening (Dicentra spectabilis). This gorgeous, spring-blooming perennial loves a rich, well-drained soil in partial shade with some protection from the hot afternoon sun. The pink flowers are especially pretty this time of year blooming near Azaleas, Redbuds, and Dogwoods. It’s nature at its color-coordinated best!
I love that Mother Nature can rebound, even in the face of smothering exotics. The Mayapple ( Podophyllum peltatum) is a Missouri native that thrives in the rich organic soil of wooded areas. It goes dormant in the heat of summer, but returns every spring. So if you have a shady, wooded spot, this is one plant that not only would be happy there, but also sooo easy — you can’t beat natives for ease!
Other great Missouri natives that love woodland locations include:
Virginia bluebells ( Mertensia virginica)
Wild ginger ( Asarum canadense)
Maidenhair fern ( Adiantum pedatum)
The yellow of the Celandine poppies and the striking blue/purple bluebells make a great combination, and the wild ginger is a fantastic groundcover. And maidenhair fern is my all-time favorite fern. It even looks great in a container on a shady porch. Read about more Missouri native plants here.
Here’s more info about Cotton Burr, straight from the company’s website:
Cotton burrs are rich in carbon and protein. They also contain significant amounts of plant macro and micro nutrients. When composted, cotton burrs are a superior food source for beneficial soil organisms. In Nature, it is those organisms that convert nutrients in soil to a form plants can use, aerate the soil, and keep harmful diseases and organisms in check. In short, Back to Nature Cotton Burr Compost and Blends are unmatched when it comes to conditioning your soil.
Why mulching is important: it helps with weed control, keeps soil from drying out as quickly in the heat of summer, and enriches the soil as it decomposes.
Mulch — your garden will thank you!