The southeast corner of the backyard garden is under the shady canopy of the large oak tree as well as the shadow of the wood fencing. Pockets of sunlight appear in different areas at different times throughout the day.
Still on the east side but closer in toward the tree, new plants have been added to fill in the area where the wedelia ground cover once was growing. The tallest plants are about two feet tall right now, but there are several which will be gaining height to add much needed layers.
Lots of low growing ground covering plants are planted on the north side of the tree. This is the view we have from our back porch.
There is a fairly good mix of cold hardy plants such as flax lily, holly fern and walking iris to keep the area from being too bare when the various clerodendrum, coleus, and caladiums disappear for the winter. Where are all those caladiums I planted right after removing the wedelia? Maybe I've been digging around too much and displaced them.
Three oakleaf hydrangeas were planted on the southside of the tree to give some height and background. These blooms are just beginning to open. Hydrangea quercifolia is a native plant that fits in well with a natural woodland setting.
Another native plant just added is this ground cover, Ruellia caroliniensis. I'm hoping this native wild petunia will spread and help cover the areas between the other plantings.
Up against the trunk of the old oak are clumps of different types of bromeliads. The roots of the oak tree make it impossible to dig deep planting holes so these epiphytes fit perfectly.
I just enjoy the sunlight shining through the leaves. You never know when a stray sunbeam will show up.
On the west side of the tree I tried to mirror the planting of the east side. There is another flowering maple, wormwood, firespike and a new reed-stem epidendrum planted on the outer edge of the circle where it can get some stronger sunlight.
With a mix of old and new, native and Florida friendly plants, I am eager to see how this woodland garden grows up.