2020 Pollinator Garden in a Box: Shady Garden


A pollinator garden kit designed to thrive in a shady garden. Kit includes (see picture, in order by column):

(3) Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)

(3) Tiarella cordifolia (Creeping Foamflower)

(1) Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

(5) Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

(3) Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart)

See below for a detailed description of plants.

Order deadline is April 1st.

Pick up your plants on Wednesday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 23rd from 10am to 4pm in the Horticulture building.

Important: Plants not picked up during this time will be considered donations and will be sold at May Gardeners Market.


This box includes:

Column 1
Top: Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)

When the cheerful, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom, you know spring has arrived. These beauties start off pink, then slowly turn a soft blue as flowers develop. Plants grow from 1 to 2 feet high and happily seed themselves in the garden forming communities of large drifts. They go completely dormant in the summer and may not bloom the first year – be sure to look for them the following spring. They are nectar plants for the early season bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Native, deer and rabbit resistant.


Tiarella cordifolia (Creeping Foamflower)

Small, white, starry florets create a woodland carpet emerging from foot tall clumps of foliage in spring. Flowers emerge from pinkish buds and float above foliage that is glossy and nearly evergreen. Leaves can take on a reddish or bronze tint in fall and winter. Early season bees, pollinating flies, moths and butterflies visit the flowers. Native, deer resistant.



Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)

Indian Pink is an erect clump-forming 1-2 ft plant with interesting tubular, starry little flowers that are bright red outside with a neon greenish-yellow throat.Flowers appear from the bottom upward along the stems from late spring to early summer. Removing flowers as they wither may prolong the blooms. Ruby throated hummingbirds pollinate the flowers. This species is pest resistant and usually not palatable to deer. Native, deer and rabbit resistant.

Column 3:

Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)

This native perennial heralds the end of summer. Its showy, blue flowers, borne on a 1-3’ tall stems, are a must for the naturalized pollinator garden. Lobelia attracts birds and hummingbirds as well as large numbers of native bees and predatory insects that prey non-native pests. Native, deer and rabbit resistant.

Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart)

Our native Dicentra is a tremendous performer. The fern like leaves and heart shaped pink flowers appear in early spring and continue sporadically throughout the growing season, unlike its non-native cousins that go dormant in summer. It is a mound shaped plant that grows to about 18”. With its long blooming period, it attracts a myriad of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Native, deer and rabbit resistant.


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