What's New at Made in the Shade
|Plants are coming
out of the greenhouses, everything is ready to
go.....Miniature Hosta looking wonderful, and
the cool weather has kept the bulbs in our
gardens fresh and long lasting......
you thought this was a Hosta but this is an
exciting new Hemerocallis (Daylily) named
Golden Zebra....spectacular variegated leaves
and gold daylily flowers similar to Stella
D'Oro. Limit one per customer.
White Feather....pale Hosta need more sun than
darker Hosta as they lack chlorophyll. Later in
the season the leaves will develop some green
doubles great for that marshy damp location
| And 5 days later......
Echinacea Butterfly Kisses
Peony Charles Burgess
|Feb 15, 2017
|All of the on-line
catalogues have been updated....
|Jan 27, 2017
|Brand new Peony Catalogue
now on line....more pictures to follow
|Jan 25, 2017
|New 2017 Clematis
Catalogue is on line.
|Jan 19, 2017
|New 2017 Hosta
catalogue is on line.. a new feature
New this Year showing new varieties we
have not stocked before.
|Nov 3, 2016
|The season is over and we are
putting away plants for winter, and also
ordering for next year. Look forward to lots of
new Hosta varieties, as well as new Echinacea.
Let us know if you are searching for something
and we will see if we can help.
|Sept 8, 2016
|The end of summer, but the
heat just won't quit. We have spent the whole
summer watering non stop, so our stock is
looking great ready for the fall planting
|June 27, 2016
finishing our yearly inventory count. 1400 Hosta
in 118 varieties. Over 500 Varieties of other
perennials and shrubs in stock.....for roughly
10,000 plants (we keep making more so it is hard
to keep track!).
|May 3, 2016
|Spring is here!! After a slow
start it seems spring might finally be here!!
Plants are coming out of the greenhouses.
|Sept 14, 2015
|Putting the gardens to bed for
the winter Workshop. Oct 3rd 2pm....more to
follow, see workshops
|July 25, 2015
time and living on the river is great for
thousand island cottagers.....
We delivered the Spruce to the dock....the
rest was up to them.
|June 23, 2015
|Still lots to see at Made in
the Shade. The
primula in the picture is Victoria Laced, and
going strong. Primulas like cool locations with
regular water. They winter well for us in our
The Hosta collection looks great, and selection
in most varieties is still good.
The rain has filled the ponds to overflowing.
This Sunday will be the final workshop, with
pond construction and maintenance on the agenda.
|June 3, 2015
|These two pictures of our
Ornamental Rhubarb were taken about 3 weeks apart,
May 10th and May 27th.
This giant perennial likes a part shade location,
and prefers to be kept moist. Ours is 7 years old.
|The late deep frost has not
been much of an issue for us. While a very few
tender plants show some browning, the nature of
perennials makes them less prone to damage than
tender annuals. If you have frost damage on a
few plants, the damage can be trimmed off, and
in many cases the plant will grow new leaves to
fill in gaps.....
|March 27, 2015
|About half way through the
planting...updated Hosta catalogue, we got all
but two varieties we ordered (The two missing
are varieties we have had before).
Wishing the cold weather would finish, look for
Heuchera pages soon....lots of new varieties
|March 13, 2015
about to get planting! The bulk of the spring
order has arrived and next week we start
planting. Working in the greenhouses is so fun
this time of year.
|Nov 9, 2014
Eastern Ontario Hosta Society (EOHS) had a photo
contest this fall. I have put together a page
showcasing some of the great photographs
entered in the contest.
For more information about the EOHS contact
them by email....
|Nov 6, 2014
|After our best year ever, with
great sales growth we are ready for whatever
winter brings us....All plants protected for
winter, orders placed for spring.....Time to
start planning for another great season. Thanks
to all our wonderful customers!!
|Aug 1, 2014
you thought Hemerocallis (Daylilies) only came
in ditch orange, think again. Daylilies come in
stunning colours, and flower for most of the
summer....still lots in stock.
|July 31, 2014
|The Alpine Scree
Garden we started last fall, is really rewarding
us with some terrific displays.
These 3 types of thread leaf Coreopsis
have been blooming for all of July and just don't
seem to be stopping. All 3 varieties wintered well
after being planted in late fall. The new hybrid
Coreopsis do not produce seeds the way the old
varieties did, and so they are welcome additions
Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' (Red)
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' (Burnt Orange)
Coreopsis 'Zagreb' (Yellow)
|June 24, 2014
collection is strong this year, with
some different colours to choose from. Other
plants in bloom now include;
Hemerocallis (Daylilies), Oriental Lilies,
Siberian and Ensata Iris, Salvia, Roses,
Campanula, Geraniums, Trollius, Aconitum,
Astrantia and so much more.
Echinacea p. Eccentric
|June 24, 2014
|How to plant a
Yucca......use cable ties or
string to collect up the leaves. This prevents
damage to the Yucca flower from handling (and
protects the planter from sharp leaf tips).
Before winter do the same thing to protect the
heart of the plant from winter snow damage. We
have some very nice Yucca available for sale.
|June 24, 2014
|Orchids at Purdon Conservation Area.
Last week we made a pilgrimage to see the
Well worth a visit every couple of years. To get
there travel to Perth then turn north off Hwy 7
onto Hwy #511; follow it through Lanark village.
Travel about 5 km north, turn left onto Watson's
Corners Rd.; follow it for 12 km watch for
signs. Turn right onto concession Rd 8 and
travel 3 km. There is a good boardwalk which
allows you to walk right into the wetlands to
see the 1,000's of Cypripedium regina (Showy
Orchids) along with other orchids, pitcher
plants and much more. Mosquito repellant might
be needed, although the breeze kept them off the
day we were there.
We will be bringing in a very limited number of
Showy Orchids in the fall. Please contact us if
you are interested in reserving one.
We also do windows!! Thanks to Lynn and
Tia who each produced works of art for our
|Lots of wonderful
plants still available. Some of the plants just
coming in to bloom now include; Prunella,
Salvia, Iris, Hemerocallis (Daylilies), Astilbe,
Tradescantia, Astrantia, Clematis, Van-Houtti
Spireas, all of the Roses including Climbing,
Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Explorers.
Tree Peony 'Shima Nishiki' in bloom.
|Catalogue pages are
mostly up to date. The nursery is
open for the season. The plants are growing
well, and are ready to be planted any time now.
The aptly named Iceland Poppies (Papaver
nudicaule 'Spring Fever Red') on the right are
in full bloom and so vibrant! Drop in for a
taste of what spring should be like!
We kind of went crazy ordering so there are
26 types of Echinacea this year, 13 are new
varieties. There are 24 varieties of
Hemerocallis, 18 are new varieties. 14 new Hosta
varieties and much much more to see.
greenhouses are full of plants now, the bad
weather caused a delay to the start of our
potting season, but everything is quickly
catching up, to be ready for the spring planting
Look for updates to the catalogue page in the next
Opening day is April 20th!!
|Where did the time go?
Lots has been going on, including the building
of Greenhouse4, as well as a large growing area
beside it. This will allow us to grow more
plants come spring. Current numbers look like we
will grow about 13,000 new perennials, grasses,
shrubs and roses in 2014.
|Greenhouse 4 can
be seen in the background. It will be a cool and
dry growing space during the summer, for certain
drought loving plants. In the spring we will use
it for the shrubs, roses and daylilies, none of
which need to be kept very warm. Production work
will also be moved to this area.
|We have sold out of so many
varieties this fall!! Room for lots more next
spring. Lots of new Echinacea, Hemerocallis and
of course Hosta.
|We are very
excited about the new pond at the back of the
property. It will be used for trials of pond
plants, over-wintering waterlilies, and also
just for the pure fun of having a pond! Lots of
wildlife have already been attracted, including
a visit from a local Heron and a large
population of frogs. (Less after the Heron
Ontario Hosta Society invited Laura to speak at
their September meeting, and gave her this
spectacular cutting board!
If you enjoy collecting Hosta and want to meet
with other collectors, this is a very nice
As more information becomes available about this
new group we will keep you posted. Next meeting
will be in the spring of 2014.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
have planted another display garden, in the
shade section to highlight the many perennials
besides Hosta that grow in the shade. Look for
more new tables, better paths and some renewal
in the larger shade section in the spring!
|Aug 1, 2013
|Did you know we sell Ornamental
grasses? We have
large quantities of high quality ornamental
|June 27, 2013
plenty of selection for many varieties. Nice
Water Lilies, Clematis, Daylilies, Hosta of
course and this years favorite new plant,
Filipendula 'Red Umbrellas"!
|Things have been
busy at MITS, with all sorts of beautiful plants
needing care. The Pumila (short) Iris have been
particularly pretty and spectacular.
|March 20, 2013
The first round of planting was just finished
when we got yet more snow...Conditions were
perfect so we made a snow-lady, complete with
Made in the Shade pink dress.
The greenhouses are
full, with lots of new items, including a good
selection of Itoh Peonies, Tree Peonies, lots of
Hosta, Daylilies and so much more.
Opening day is
April 20th but visitors are welcome Mon to Fri
9-5 if you just need a dose of growing things.
Weekend visits should be arranged by email.
|Hard at work on the new on-line Hosta Catalogue.
Planting will start next month, so we are busily
figuring out where we will grow the 7,000 plants
we have ordered. Look for lots of Ornamental Grass
|Dec 7, 2012
|Thanks to all our great customers
for another terrific season. We are hard at work
preparing for the 2013 season, with plans for more
shrubs, of course new Hosta, some Itoh Peonies and
|June 8, 2012
|We carry a good
selection of flowering shrubs, including Spirea,
Potentilla, Barberry, Hydrangea, Weigela.
|May 15, 2012
|Lots of new
and different perennials, everything has
benefited from the warm weather....
(Jack-in-the-Pulpit) at right (at least 2'
Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern) at
(cowslip primrose) below...the nicest
|March 3, 2012
2012 Garden Show was held in late February. The
new location came with a few challenges, but all
the volunteers pitched in and brought it all
together. Lots of new faces and old friends
dropped by our booth. We have lots of summer bulbs
left over, so keep us in mind for Dahlias, Lilies
(including tree lilies), Gladiolas and Tuberous
Begonias. We will also have Caladiums, Callas,
Cannas and Taro bulbs.
|What's in Bloom;
In the Shade....Actea
Chelone (Turtlehead), Ligularia, Plumbago,
In the Part
Shade ... Japanese Anemone,
Summer Phlox, Black-Eyed-Susan
Sun.... Russian Sage, Sedum,
Joe-Pye Weed, Helenium, Heliopsis,
Buddleia, Roses, Chrysanthemums,
|June 20, 2011
bloom; In the shade...
Clematis, Perennial Geranniums, Goat's Beard
(Aruncus), Bowman's Root (Gillenia), Meadowsweet
(Fillipendula), Medowrue (Thalictrum
flavum...yellow!!), Coral-Bells (Heuchera),
Astilbe, Columbine, Rodgersia, Lamium, Primroses.
What's in Bloom: In
the sun.....Roses, Peonies, Seaholly
(Eryngium), Lemon Drops (Oenthera), Salvia,
Cinquefoil, Dianthus, Yellow Baptisia and more.
|June 20, 2011
|May 28, 2011
new pond at the front is working very
well and is now stocked with Water-Lilies,
Pickerel Lilies, Miniature Bullrushes, Marsh
Marigolds, Water Hyacinths and Water-Lettuce.
|May 28, 2011
Rain Rain.....and a visitor to the nursery. This
painted turtle came through right beside the
patio behind the house. Perhaps it was trying to
get to drier land? Certainly it was at least 500
ft from anything remotely resembling a pond.
All the rain we
have had this spring has made for lots of lush
growth on our plants...and very little watering
|May 19, 2011
in Bloom. Brunnera are still going
strong, as are the primula's. The Aubrieta's and
Arabis (Rockcress) are pretty and the Moss Phlox
is starting. The Anemone blanda we potted up has
been blooming for over a month now, and the
Cammasia are about to bloom. The late tulips we
planted in the front garden are spectacular and
loving the cool weather. There are lots more
varieties in bloom to see when you visit.
|May 19, 2011
|So many new
plants!! So much rain!! Among the
plants which have not made it in to our on-line
catalogue are; All sorts of new varieties of
Primula (candelabra, cortusoides, denticulata, x
polyanthus 'Wanda', pubescens, veris and vialii),
May-apples, Waterlilies, Water-Hyacinthes,
Fruit Trees (including some nice 4 in ones) ,
Grapes, Currents, Blueberries and many more.
|April 29, 2011
the season. Greenhouses are
stuffed, with lots of new varieties to choose from
as well as old favorites. In blom now are
Hepaticas, Brunnera, English Bluebells and
Trilliums as well as many more just about ready to
In the gardens the daffodils are just starting
their display, and the scilla, chinodoxa crocus
and other small lawn bulbs are putting on a
The four year old in the picture was enjoying
herslf in a sea of Scilla in her backyard this
|April 1, 2011
days till opening! New
plants are growing in all 3 greenhouses, with lots
of exciting new woodland plants as well as new
varieties of Hosta, Clematis and shrubs.
Last fall we doubled our greenhouse space, so the
perennials have lots more space to grow. The
garden show at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was a
great success, with lots of familiar faces
visiting the booth over the three days.
|Feb 1, 2011
|This Redbellied Woodpecker is
one of the regular visitors to our winter
birdfeeders. We also get Hairy and Downy
Woodpeckers on a daily basis. Last winter a
Pileated came to visit, but the photo did not
The Red-Poll's are also visiting this winter,
along with the usual Chickadee's, Nuthatches,
Gold-Finches and of course a mob of Blue-Jays.
|July 19, 2010
Photo Catalogue now on-line. Look
for Echinacea and Hosta Catalogues coming soon.
|July 15, 2010
All Hemerocallis (Daylilies) are buy 2 get one
free from July 15-30. All Heuchera are now half
price (yes $6 tax in) when you buy 3 or more.
There are also still lots of Hosta at 1/3 off in
the "One is the lonliest number" section.
Daylily Cool It (at right)
Daylily You Angel You
|May 26, 2010
Tree Peony in bloom in the garden.
This is a Paeonia suffruticosa 'Shimadaijin'
(Island Minister) blooming in my garden today. It
was planted two years ago. The flower is about the
size of a cereal bowl. The tree peonies prefer a
location with good light but some protection from
the hot mid day sun. They will slowly grow to
waist high. A beautiful specimen for your
partially shaded border.
There are still 4 left for sale, hurry though,
they won't last long!
|May 22, 2010
traditionally the weekend your frost worries are
over and a great time to get out in the garden.
Most of our new stock is out of the greenhouses
and ready to plant. The irises are blooming like
mad, and it's all much more stunning in person.
We're open 10 to 6 all weekend.
|April 20, 2010
2 is full of plants for the sun, as well as some
spillover shade loving plants. Hosta First Frost
on the right is this years Hosta of the Year, and
this photo taken on the 18th shows how big and
full the plants are already.
|January 24, 2010
|Getting Ready for Planting.
During the winter we prepare for spring planting.
On of the chores is getting pro-mix down into
greenhouse #3. As you can see, we like to combine
work with play, using our wheel-barrow sled. This
is also the time of year we make the new catalogue
and do our planning for the coming season. Plans
are in the works for a booth at the up-coming
Garden Show in Kingston, March 5-7.
|October 3, 2009
|October is great
month for Ornamental Grasses. They
provide interest through the fall and all winter
long with their tall stalks and plumes.
Many perennials are still going strong in October
with vibrant blooms to brighten your garden. Come
in and see the display stock blooming now -- we're
open 6 days a week until the end of the month
(except Thanksgiving Weekend).
The foliage on many plants like this Brunnera
lasts well into the fall with sharper contrasts
under the greyer fall skies.
|May 17, 2009
|The new Made in the
Shade Perennials Inc. web site went on-line today,
so watch this space for news about what's
happening at the nursery, which plants are
blooming this week, and what's on special.