2020 Winter Interest Cata.

Our customers are reporting that their ‘Jacob’ Christmas roses are blooming beautifully this year.

Our 2020 Winter Interest Plant Catalogue includes 12 unusual plants that provide early season interest in your garden —Italian arum, a special crocus, rarely available winter aconite, Carolyn’s Shade Gardens very own snowdrops, four elegant, early-blooming hellebores, extremely rare spring snowflake, winter-flowering pale blue squill, summer snowflake, and bright blue or white Siberian squill.
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The plants that you order now will be ready for pick up (sorry, no mail order) at the nursery sometime in March, depending on the weather.  They will be growing plants, and they will be blooming so you can enjoy them immediately, although you can leave them in the pots and plant them at your convenience.
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To Order (sorry, no mail order): Please send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com (click the link or paste it into an email) with the plant names, quantities, your name, and cell number. Supplies are limited so order early. Within 24 to 48 hours, you will receive an email confirming your order and amount owed, which you can pay when you pick the plants up.  If you do not get an acknowledgment, we did not receive your order. 

Before you email your order, please re-check the on line catalogue to make sure your selection has not sold out.

The hellebore prices reflect a 10% early order discount.

Photos appear above the descriptions.

arum-italicum-11-21-2016-3-44-16-pmArum italicum ‘Pictum’ (Italian Arum): Italian arum has very distinct and extensive silver markings covering the narrow, arrow-shaped bright green leaves from early fall through late spring–yes, it’s gorgeous all winter (left photo in November, right photo with snowdrops in March); although the leaves disappear in the summer, it produces a cream colored spathe like a jack-in-the-pulpit followed by an attractive cluster of red berries.   $15  (large clump in gallon pot)   Sold Out

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Crocus tommasinianus 12-31-2017 4-36-32 PMCrocus tommasinianus (Snow Crocus): late winter-blooming companion for snowdrops and hellebores, striking purple flowers with orange anthers; unusual, vigorous, and rodent resistant; these plants are the straight species, which multiplies much faster in our garden than the cultivars of snow crocus    $12 (blooming, 10 plants per pot)

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Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite): very early blooming member of the buttercup family whose bright yellow flowers light up the winter landscape, very cold tolerant and excellent companion for snowdrops (see photo below), difficult to start from dried bulbs but easy from plants in the green, once established it naturalized easily in our woodland, rarely sold as a growing plant.    $15 (blooming clump in 4″ pot)

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Galanthus nivalis ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (Common Snowdrop):  white flowers with green-tipped inner petals and narrow leaves with a gray center stripe; the easiest snowdrop to grow, it multiplies rapidly and produces the most blooms, stock is progeny of the vigorous strain that has thrived on our property for over 100 years; cultivated as an ornamental plant since the 16th century.   $15 (blooming, 5 plants per pot)

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leaves of ‘Glenda’s Gloss’

.Helleborus x ‘Glenda’s Gloss’ (FrostKiss® Hellebore): new for us in 2019 and an immediate best seller; outward-facing, striking white flowers dipped in rosy purple set off by bright green leaves with silver marbling (see leaf photo above) and deep red stems, produces an abundance of flowers in late winter; upright habit, 18-24″ tall and 18-24″ wide, evergreen, deer resistant.   $27 (large, mature blooming plants in gallon pots, price includes 10% early order discount)

.Helleborus x ‘Reanna’s Ruby’ (FrostKiss® Hellebore): new for 2020; outward-facing, vibrant ruby-red flowers set off by bright green leaves with deep pink marbling (leaves in photo above), produces an abundance of flowers in late winter; more compact habit, 12-15″ tall and 12-15″ wide, evergreen, deer resistant.   $27 (large, mature blooming plants in gallon pots, price includes 10% early order discount)

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Helleborus niger ‘Jacob’ (Christmas Rose): outward-facing pure white flowers set off by very dark evergreen leaves and stems, extremely hardy cultivar that blooms profusely in late winter; 9-12″ tall and 13″ wide, evergreen, deer resistant.   $27 (large, mature blooming plants in gallon pots, price includes 10% early order discount)  

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Helleborus niger ‘Snowbells’ (Semi-double Christmas Rose): we are very excited to offer this rare pure white, semi-double Christmas rose with a gorgeous white ruffle around the yellow center; like all Christmas roses it is outward-facing with dark evergreen leaves and blooms about a month earlier than Lenten roses;  our semi-double Christmas roses thrive in our garden, but have not been available for sale at the nursery for years; extremely hardy cultivar that blooms profusely in late winter; compact 10-12″ tall and 12-14″ wide, evergreen, deer resistant.   $27 (large, mature blooming plants in gallon pots, price includes 10% early order discount)  Sold Out

.Leucojum aestivum, Stylophorum diphyllum 4-26-2015 6-43-58 PMLeucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake): in April, “summer” snowflake produces upright, 18 to 24″ flower stalks, sporting many nodding white flowers with green tips like snowdrops on steroids; great cut flower alternative to daffodils, tolerates wet sites.   $12 (3 plants per pot)

.Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake): The only way to introduce the very rare spring snowflake into your garden successfully is as a growing plant—all our attempts with dried bulbs have failed.  Spring snowflake’s six petals form a nodding white bell that is quite beautiful set off by the bright green strap-like leaves. It blooms in late winter and grows to 10 to 12″ tall in the shade in average to moist soil, even thriving in clay. It naturalizes readily in shady woodland conditions and on the March bank at Winterthur.   $30 (blooming, 1 plant per pot)   Sold Out

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Scilla mischtschenkoana (Tubergen Squill): 6-8″, starry pale blue flowers with an elegant, darker blue center stripe in late winter, beautifully backed by shiny bright green leaves; multiplies rapidly to form a large clump; great companion for snowdrops and hellebores.    $12 (5 plants per pot)
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scilla-sibericaScilla siberica (Siberian Squill): 4-8”, nodding, startlingly intense blue flowers in very early spring; great companion for hellebores; spreads easily to form large patches in part to full deciduous shade.    $12 (blooming, 10 plants per pot)

Scilla siberica ‘Alba’ (White Siberian Squill): same as above with white flowers$12 (blooming, 10 plants per pot)

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Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

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