Landscaping with Woodland Flowers
Would you like to achieve a beautiful outdoor space? And you would like to landscape your outdoor area yourself? The woodland planting can give you a sense of calm serenity. It will help you build a soothing lawn or garden area with soft woodland flowers and plants. The soft colors of the geraniums and foxgloves mingle with the dark orange flower bracts of the Euphorbia and are striking against a sea of deep green foliage.
Add early season cheer to shady spots in your landscape with easy-to-grow woodland flowers. In deeply shaded areas covered with trees, only woodland plants grow. Many woodland flowers bloom in early spring, before the trees leaf out, while the sun can still penetrate the forest canopy. Woodland flowers and plants are adapted to the cool, shady environment and moist soil, high in organic matter, usually found in forested areas.
See the list of the most suitable woodland plants and flowers for your front and backyard landscaping.
- Trilliums, members of the Lily family, are the epitome of the American wild flower. All species of this plant have a single stem, topped by a whorl of three leaves, often with attractive mottled foliage, and a solitary flower. Great white trillium also known as showy trillium, woody lily and trinity flower, produces white or pink flowers in spring and is hardy to Zone 4.
- Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a wonderful woodland plant for moist, shaded sites with well-drained soil high in organic matter. The medium green leaves appear I early spring and are quickly followed by the unusual flowers that give the plant its common name. The leaves are made up of three leaflets.
- Liverleaf is a tiny plant, never reaching more than 6” tall, for very early spring color in the garden. Its leaves are 4-6” across with three lobes; they emerge bronze or purple in spring and change to solid or mottled green by summer. The flowers range from white to blue.
- Longspur barrenwort is a low growing perennial for heavily shaded areas. The flowers often emerge in spring before or at the same time the foliage appears, and persist for 4-6 weeks. It makes an attractive ground cover but does not tolerate heavily alkaline soils.
- Cypripedium acaule is a leafless stalk bears1 flower with a distinctive pin, inflated, slipper-like petal, veined with red and with a fissure down the front.
- Anemone quinquefolia is a low, delicate plant with a whorl of 3 stalked, deeply cut leaves and a solitary 5-parted leaves at is apex. A single white or pink flower arises above the leaf whorl.
- Caltha palustrus is a succulent plant with glossy, heart – or kidney- shaped leaves and a thick, hollow, branching stem with bright, shiny yellow flowers.
Planting and Aftercare
Lightly dig up soil, being careful not to damage tree roots. Incorporate plenty of organic matter such as leaf mold or compost into the planting area, and then rake it level. Plant the flowers in the center of the space, about 24 inches apart-they can spread rapidly. The plants should be watered in well.
Planting woodland plants and flowers is a great opportunity for sustainable landscaping.