Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery (mail order for snowdrops and miniature hostas only) in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in perennial flowering plants that thrive without full sun, and a two-acre ornamental garden open for tours. Plants are chosen to suit all types of shady areas with an emphasis on the many showy and colorful flowers that flourish in full shade. I offer an especially good selection of hellebores, snowdrops and other unusual bulbs, pulmonarias, hostas, ferns, primroses, phlox, and hardy geraniums. I also list a wide selection of hard-to-find native plants.
When you shop at my nursery, you can tour my production and display beds where I grow plants completely organically in the ground. I grow over 50% of the plants I sell in my own production beds. The display beds allow visitors to see the well-labeled plants in a variety of landscape settings. All my perennials are low maintenance: I never fertilize or spray (except for deer) and rarely water. Every plant on my list flourishes in the Delaware Valley area on my low maintenance regime.
The catalogue (see General Catalogue under Pages) describes the current season’s selections, including over 300 offerings. Most plants are in 6 to 6.5” pots, a size much larger than you would receive through the mail. I sell most of my plants at four spring and two fall open house sales. Each open house sale is staffed by knowledgeable plant fanatics who can help you make choices suited to your particular landscape conditions. The open houses are social occasions for meeting friends and fellow gardeners, touring my gardens to get ideas, and buying plants. I also sell plants by private appointment, which can be easily arranged by email.
I communicate with my customers using email updates. If you wish to be added to my customer email list, just send your email address and phone number to email@example.com.