"My favorite spring ﬂower is the trillium. After the bleak cold and harshness of winter, the trillium breaks forth early, with a purity and beauty that is stunning. It says to all that behold its beauty…”There’s a new optimism in the air and I’m the one who is announcing it”. We have trilliums growing nearby. I make it a point to see and enjoy them every spring."
"Not unlike any spring flower, the columbine plant's attraction is that it arrives soon in the spring. Its early arrival quenches a gardener's thirst for life and color after a long winter. The exquisite juxtaposition of smooth and pointed tiers of petals give it a unique shape, mimicking a bell to ring in the blooms to come in the heat of summer."
Globe Flower (Trollius)
"Long ago I searched for a yellow flower for the shade garden and came upon Trollius. Some years it yields dozens of globe-like bright yellow flowers on gangly stalks. This year we had one lone flower."
Perennial Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla)
"My favorite spring blooming plant is Brunnera Macrophylla. Not many perennials have a true blue flower so it’s always a delight to come upon a mound of them in bloom. The quarter inch five-petal flowers spring up on delicate stems nestled among fuzzy heart shaped leaves. An extra bonus is that it blooms for weeks on end."
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)
"I love this tiny flower with a big fragrance."
Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
"Jack-In-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Wildflower native to 48 states. Woodland environment, shady moist rich soil. Also called Indian turnip. Single leaf with 3 leaflets on a stem. Tiny flowers are on a spike which is encircled by a leaf like spathe on a separate stem from the leaf. The spathe is green or purple & usually striped. The red berries which develop later are favored by critters but produce many plants."
~ Jane Mirocha
Spring Vetchling (Lathyrus vernus)
"My pick for favorite spring bloom in the shade is Lathyrus vernus aka "spring vetchling". The violet -blue color of this non-vining pea flower is so beautiful. It blooms at the same time as late daffodils and Hellebores in my garden. I have it growing in dry shade and in moist sunnier spots, too. It is very adaptable.
It looks stunning with Euphorbias and Pulmonarias. Here is a combo I love--Lathyrus vernus in front of Chamaecyperis 'Mops'. Purple and that limey green are my FAVORITE color combination!
In my garden, Lathyrus vernus gets maybe a foot high and wide. I get seedlings now and then, not in profusion--but just enough that since my first purchase of Lathyrus vernus twenty years ago, I now have several of this favorite plant.
Try this one--you will love it."
Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
"One of my favorites is the Jack-in-the-Pulpit. It is so secretive in the shade and yet when the seeds are ripe it shows so red."
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
"At first glance Wild Ginger is just a lovely ground cover. But under the heart shaped leaves are exotic looking flowers. A terrific flower to put on a nature scavenger hunt list for young aspiring horticulturalists."
Primrose (Primula japonica)
"Besides being my favorite color, this plant gives a beautiful pop of color to your shade garden. "
Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)
"Hellebore is one of my favorite spring shade flowers"
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
"One of the earliest to bloom in my shade garden is Spring Beauty, which is native to Wisconsin. The flower is very delicate purple and is only about 1/2 inch across. Mine grows at the base of the paper birch tree inter-planted with Maidenhair ferns and bleeding hearts."
~Sandra Jay Neuens
Flowering Onion (Allium)
"No question here ! My favorite shade garden perennial is the giant purple Allium. I have them all through my 50 foot rock garden and they are gorgeous.....especially when they are backlit by the late afternoon sun. The neighbors ask "What is that flower" so they can plant them too. And when the flower is finished, they look like a giant web!"
Fernleaf Peony (Paeonia)
"Our beautiful Japanese Fernleaf Peony bush is over 60 yrs. old!"
Monches Farm5890 Monches Rd ColgateWI 53017
We are honored to have been awarded First Place in the Nursery / Garden Center category of the 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best of Greater Milwaukee Reader's Poll.
Thanks to all who cast a vote in support of Monches Farm!