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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Brighten a Shady Nook
by Debbie Teashon
When the Ajuga flowers faded, and the Saxifragas diminished into the background, this shaded rock wall became a quiet, non-descript area that one spot of color helped bring back to life. A shell container filled with bright hues of a Proven Winners introduction—On Top® Sunset Shades of Begonia x tuberhybrida—was nestled down into the dark leaved Ajuga 'Black Scallop'. That was all it needed; the cheery yellow blossoms edged in orange brought a pleasing look to a dim space. My dog Kono even took time out of his busy chasing-the-ball-schedule to stop and admire the flowers.
This plant does not require deadheading to keep it looking great, and the fallen flowers added to the charm. One small pot and one small begonia tuber was all it took to bring this shadowy place back to light.
Photographed in author's garden.