Your Daily Dose of Natural Beauty, courtesy Advertiser Zenith Holland Nursery – Two easy care shade lovers:
Today’s image includes a background of two stand-out shade lovers: Lady’s Mantle and Paul’s Glory Hosta. Lady’s Mantle is the chartreuse-y plant with frothy small blossoms toward the front. Paul’s Glory Hosta is the variegated broad leaf plant in the back. Both are easy care, easy-to-grow perennials that flourish in the northwest.
As an herbaceous perennial, Lady’s Mantle is low growing and can be expected to spread because it produces many seeds. It is great planted toward the front of borders where its semi-evergreen foliage will provide a verdant display for most of the year. Watch out though – due to their prolific quality, they can become invasive.
Paul’s Glory Hosta, is an award winner. It was named Hosta of the Year in 1999, as selected by the American Hosta Growers Association. It loves shade but can tolerate some partial sun. It prefers a moist soil and can be relied upon to return each year as an excellent filler at the bottom of rhododendrons, Hydrangeas or other ornamental shrubs. It’s golden variegation in the center of its leaves changes with exposure to sun. In many case, you will find the leaves transform to almost white in the center after a summer of sun. Simply remove the leaves as they make a final die-back in fall, then watch for tender shoots to return in mid-to-late spring.
If you have a shady spot on the garden where you have struggled to find a winning occupant, give these a try. Many deem them a fool-proof choice!
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR
This “Daily Dose of Natural Beauty” is brought to you by Zenith Holland Nursery, thanking you and the South King County community for your continuing support.
As a designated “Essential Business” member of the Food and Agriculture sector, Zenith Holland Nursery is operating daily offering a broad selection of edibles including fruits and cool season vegetable starts that can be planted now. Owner/Operator Lyn Robinson and her husband are on site daily to assist customers with their horticultural needs, while other staff remain safely at home.
If you are one of the many folks who would like to seize your stay-at-home time to plant a Victory garden, Zenith Holland can help. They are a local resource for seeds, soil and fertilizer. While practicing social distancing measures on site, they can also answer questions or orders by phone.
Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Nursery is proud to be the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. They specialize in growing and providing quality plants ranging from hardy perennials to culinary herbs, colorful annuals, sedums, ground covers and hanging baskets. The nursery sits on just over an acre of land with eleven greenhouses.
Zenith Holland is located just south of downtown Des Moines at 23260 Marine View Drive South (map below).
Their current hours are:
- Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. so you can shop small, shop local, shop essential.
Zenith Holland Nursery
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-7002
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