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

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Garden Ideas, Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Bog Gardens, Shade gardens,  Candelabra primroses, Candelabra Primulas, Ostrich Fern, Phlox divaricata, Primula japonica, Ajuga

Enhance a damp, shaded garden spot with this vivid plant duo, featuring Primula japonica (Japanese Primrose) and the emerging green fronds of Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern). Complement these with eye-catching foliage and groundcover plants like Hosta ‘Wide Brim’, which boasts heart-shaped, variegated leaves; Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’, known for its purplish-bronze leaves and blue-violet blooms; Viola sororia, which delights with shiny leaves and soft, blue-violet flowers; and Phlox divaricata, offering fragrant flower clusters.

This low-maintenance collection creates a remarkable landscape best enjoyed from mid to late spring. Most plants in this ensemble are deer-resistant and have earned the esteemed Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society for their exceptional attributes. Enjoy your garden’s refreshing atmosphere!

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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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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Alternative Plants to Consider

Hosta ‘First Frost’ (Plantain Lily)
Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’ (Plantain Lily)
Primula x bulleesiana (Candelabra Primrose)
Primula bulleyana (Candelabra Primrose)
Primula beesiana (Candelabra Primrose)
Hosta ‘Patriot’ (Plantain Lily)
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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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Do I Need?
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Primula (Primrose) Phlox Hosta Ajuga (Bugle)
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