U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shady Garden Blooms - May 2011

Western Shooting Star (Dodecatheon pulchellum). 
 It is native to the western part of  North America and part of northeastern Siberia. Common names include American cowslip, mosquito bills, mad violets, and sailor-caps. I love this new addition to my shade garden for its flower shape and bright pink color. It grows next to Bowles' Golden grass (Milium effusum 'Aureum') that is blooming now.


The white cloud of tiny flowers looks lovely with the green background:

But, the real beauty of saxifrage' blooms can be seen only if you look very close:

Aren't they special?

This Oxalis came to me from a special garden a year ago. When will I have time to tell about all the wonderful gardens I have visited?

Simple pink flowers are adorable:

Corydalis shihmiensis 'Berry Exciting': a new mutation of Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine'. Yellow fern-like leaves look striking in the dark shady corner of my garden behind the garage. I bought it in my favorite Christianson's nursery.

Purple flowers really stand out against the yellow foliage.

Some other shade-loving plants are blooming, but these steal the show.

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. Love your shade bloomers. The shooting star is beautiful and the bright yellow of the corydalis is indeed eye catching. Great post.

  2. AnonymousMay 29, 2011

    Saxifrage blooms are quite special. I never really noticed how so until your very pretty macro image.

  3. Very nice! I've had shooting stars before, but alas, they never returned. Just purchased three of the oxalis.

  4. I love that Saxifrage! What is the species? I need to find that for my shade garden! Beautiful pictures as well of the 'Blackberry Wine' as well.

  5. Loved all of these flowers and photos...lovely!

  6. Everything looks so delicate! I love them all. The colors are spectacular. The shooting stars grow wild out here. I just love them. Your garden is beautiful.

  7. Love all your shady flowers, but especially that saxifrage. You're right, it is special.

  8. The saxifrage is quite the stunner, such delicate markings and design. Pretty blooms in your shade garden!

  9. Magnificent flowers and stunning photos. Adore those Saxifrage blooms!

  10. Wow, I've never even seen Saxifrage, special indeed! What a happy little flower, thanks for the introduction =)

  11. All the flowers are so beautiful! So pretty and delicate.
    Wonderful captures.

  12. Nice delicate plants and photos.

  13. Amazing pictures of the saxifrage, I don't think I've ever seen them before. Beautiful pictures!

  14. beautiful blooms Tatyana, I love the second photo of the shooting star and the saxifrage is amazing, Frances

  15. The deep purple of the Shooting Star is just lovely, as are all of your photos!

  16. Thank you everyone! The saxifrage is Saxifraga X geum. Hardy to -40 F. Part sun to part shade. Blooms June-July (and as we see in May too!)

  17. That little Saxifraga is really sweet. I do like the little polka dots on it, seen when you zoom in. Lovely. The yellow foliage of the Corydalis is really nice, perfect in your shade garden.

  18. Thanks for taking the time to share these!! Cheers.


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