There are some stunning vistas to be had right now at the Osborne Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Wisteria on the arbors and the azaleas bordering the central lawn are both in full bloom.
There's also a sizable yet nearly hidden area of shade gardens. Right now, these are dominated by the flash of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons in bloom.
But the long shady borders have their own attractions, and provide lots of ideas for sun-challenged urban gardeners. Granted, this is "ideal" shade: a high canopy of shade provided by widely spaced trees with little competition from roots. Still, I'm getting some ideas for the shady border on the north side of my house.
I really like this Saruma, in the Ginger family. I saw one on the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden Walk last year. I never imagined drifts of it as I saw yesterday evening.
This is Chrysogonum virginianum "Pierre". I've got the "Allen Bush" cultivar blooming in the native plant garden in my backyard right now.
Last night was the last session of my Botany class, the first of eight courses I need to complete to receive a Certificate in Horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I start Pest Management next week, and Woody Plant Identification after that. Expect more periodic, if irregular, updates of the garden as I get to witness and record its changes every week through the summer.