The branches of my grandfather oak meet with those of the neighboring oaks to create a very shady corner. The filtered light that reaches down between the oak leaves gives a woodland feel to this spot.
Differing leaf shapes and colors work together to create interest without the need for flowers. The variegation, pattern, and shading of the leaves provides much to please the eye.
Sometimes the only color needed is green. All the tints and textures of just this one color can be enough.
The emphasis here is on the foliage but there are flowers too. Not with the abundance that are found in the sunnier areas of the garden, but flowers do bloom here.
But, with color like this who needs flowers?
That isn't to say the ginger blossoms, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow blooms, and the various justicia plumes aren't appreciated when they lend their beauty and fragrance to the area. They are all welcome treats that stand out against the background of foliage.
The pop of the occasional flower is nice, but all the textures, colors, and shapes of the foliage is what makes this spot special.