Every garden has its trouble spot(s) – that place where nothing really seems to work. In my Connecticut garden, one of those trouble spots is a low-lying partially shaded area that periodically gets flooded.
After a heavy rainstorm, there’s usually a puddle there for several hours. And after each of the recent ’100-year storms’ – haven’t there been 2 or 3 in the past decade?? – the water collects there for days on end.
What I needed was a plant that could tolerate that periodic flooding but also survive without any supplemental irrigation.
A plant that would grow in the shade but also add some color to my garden. And one that would be attractive to an array of winged wildlife.
I stumbled upon what might be the ideal solution for this shady trouble area the other day – Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink).
Getting to Know Indian Pink
◊ Indian Pink is native to the southeastern US.
◊ Blooming in June, the red flowers, with their yellow crowns, are a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds.
◊ Spigelia marilandica grows to about 1.5′ tall and wide, making it the ideal front or middle of the border plant.
◊ Indian pink tolerates partial to full shade and grows in lots of different soil conditions, including moist to dry soil.
◊ It is considered pest and disease free although I’ve read differing reports on its deer-resistance. Like any newly introduced plant in my garden, I’ll be spraying it with deer repellent for the first season, just in case.
◊ Hardy in zones 5 – 9.
Do you have a favorite plant for shady trouble spots in your garden?