Blessed with big, old trees that provide ample shade six months of the year? Lucky you. Just because your property is shady doesn’t mean you can’t plant a colorful, productive pollinator garden that attracts butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. This kit features several New Jersey native plant species that thrive in part to full shade and attract a wide range of pollinators. Stop complaining about your shady backyard, and create something awesome with what you’ve got!
The 25-plant kits will cover about a 25 square-foot bed (5’x5’), and the 50-plant kits will cover 50 square feet. Each plant comes as a landscape plug, about 2 inches across and 5 deep. These starter plants are an economical way to establish a garden from scratch at a fraction of the cost of buying full-sized plants. The small kits include 5 of each species, the large kits have 10. All kits will include a sample plan for your garden.
The plants in this kit all spread either vegetatively or by seed (non-aggressively, of course) and act as great groundcovers in the shady parts of your lawn, keeping weeds down and supporting beneficial wildlife.
Just one shade kit left! They will be available for in-person pickup between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday, May 12th (Mother’s Day Weekend) in Collingswood, NJ (pickup location TBA).
Native Pollinator Shade Garden Kit includes:
Height: 12 inches
This shade-loving phlox forms a tight mat of foliage that keeps weeds down and pairs well with some of the other groundcovers in this kit. Attractive purple flowers provide an early burst of color to your yard.
Height: 6-12 inches
A clump-forming plant with airy, pinkish-white spikes of flowers in the spring. Its attractive leaves stick around and make a great groundcover through the fall in a shady or woodland garden.
Height: 2-3 feet
Featuring striking red and yellow flowers in late spring, this plant is a wildlife magnet, attracting everything from hummingbirds to hawkmoths to native bees to small birds who eat the seeds. After bloom, the foliage remains attractive until the first frost as long as the soil has a little moisture. It’s relatively short-lived, but it reseeds easily and can spread (non-aggressively) around your garden.
Height: 1-2 feet
An evergreen woodland groundcover. Leaves of variable color form clumps, with delicate greenish-white flower stalks spikes emerging in late spring/early summer.
Height: 1-3 feet
A versatile wildflower whose heart-shaped leaves form a nice spring groundcover. Sprays of purplish blue daisy-like flowers appear in the fall, attracting native bees and butterflies. Plants will form small colonies, and are capable of self-seeding as well.