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A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Candelabra Primroses, Fern and Bugle

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Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the eye-catching blossoms of Primula japonica (Japanese Primrose) with the fresh, unfurled green fronds of Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern).

Interplant charming foliage plants and attractive groundcovers such as Hosta 'Wide Brim' (Plantain Lily) with its mound of broadly, heart-shaped, variegated leaves; Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant' (Carpet Bugle) with its blue-violet flower spikes rising from rosettes of large, glossy purplish-bronze leaves; Viola sororia (Common Blue Violet) with its shiny leaves topped with delicate, blue-violet flowers and Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox) with its clusters of slightly fragrant flowers.

An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy in mid to late spring. Most plants are deer resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. They are all low maintenance. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden , Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Ajuga - Carpet Bugles Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hosta - Plantain Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phlox Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses


Credit: GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden , Informal and Cottage

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Ajuga - Carpet Bugles Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hosta - Plantain Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Phlox Great Plant Combination Ideas with Primula - Primroses


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