Woodland Garden

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True woodland gardens are magical with their spring ephemerals and large sweeps of flowering groundcovers.  Woodland gardens support a wide range of special plants such as Blue Cohosh, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Twinleaf, Striped Cream Violet, Dwarf Larkspur, Goldenseal, Running Serviceberry, and Eastern Hemlock.

Typical design elements are sweeps of ferns, sedges and grasses accented with woodland flowers and shrubs or small trees.  Rare native plants can be considered if your site conditions permit.

Natural woodland gardens are the result of decades of undisturbed growth and regeneration.  The woodland floor has a thick layer of leaf mould, not bark-based mulch, with decomposing conifers needles to provide a light, moist, acidic growing environment.  These conditions can be created to some extent with minimal cost and thoughtful placement.

American Native Nursery can help evaluate the potential of your site.  If you own a natural woodland, we can show you which native plants will thrive.


Recommended Plants

Herbaceous Shrubs Trees
Actea pachypoda Amelanchier stolonifera Amelanchier canadensis
Adiantum pedatum Calicarpa americana Asimina triloba
Allium tricoccum Gaylussacia brachycera Betula alleghaniensis
Anemone virginiana Rhododendron maximum Chionanthus virginicus
Aruncus dioicus Rubus odoratus Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Asarum canadense Viburnum acerifolium Juglans nigra
Carex platyphylla
Caulophyllum thalictroides
Chelone glabra
Cimicifuga racemosa
Claytonia caroliniana
Clintonia umbellulata
Delphinium tricorne
Dentaria diphylla
Dicentra canadense
Dodecatheon meadia
Geranium maculatum
Hepatica acutiloba
Hepatica americana
Hexastylis virginica
Iris cristata
Jeffersonia diphylla
Medeola virginiana
Mitchella ripens
Pachysandra procumbens
Phlox stolonifera
Sanguinaria canadensis
Viola striata