Shady Sanctuary: 50 Plants


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This garden design uses 50 native plants for a space around 120 square feet. It is designed for a full to partially shaded area of your garden. Taller plants are placed toward the back and shorter plants toward the front. It was designed with alternating blooms throughout the growing season. For more info or help with design, please contact Stellar Native Plant Nursery at

Shady Sanctuary - 50 Native Plants Package


Wild columbine (aquilegia canadensis) (1)A = Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). Flowers bloom April-June; 2’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).Jacobs Ladder (polemonium reptans)G = Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans). Flowers bloom May-June; 1’ tall, 24” spacing (3 plants).
Wild Blue Phlox (phlox divaricata)B = Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata). Flowers bloom April-June; 1.5’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).Long-beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii)H = Long-beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii). Flowers in May; 2’ tall; 18” spacing (3 plants).
Wild Geranium (geranium maculatum)C = Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). Flowers bloom April-June: 2’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).Virginia Bluebells (mertensia virginica)I = Virginia Bluebells (Martensia virginica). Flowers April-May; 2’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).
Hairy Beardtongue (penstemon hirsutus)D = Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus). Flowers bloom in July; 2’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).Common Wood Sedge (Carex blanda)J = Common Wood Sedge (Carex blanda). Flowers bloom in May; 1’ tall, 18” spacing (5 plants).
Zig Zag Goldenrod (solidago flexicaulis)E = Zig-Zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis). Flowers bloom July-September; 3’ tall, 18” spacing (3 plants).Curly-Styled Wood Sedge (Carex rosa)K = Curly-Styled Wood Sedge (Carex rosa). Flowers bloom in May; 1’ tall, 18” spacing (3 plants).
Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii)F = Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii). Flowers bloom August-October; 3’ tall, 18” spacing (3 plants).Big Leaved Aster (eurybia macrophylla)L= Large-leaf Aster (Eurybia macrophylla). Flowers bloom August-September; 3’ tall, 3′ spacing (5 plants).
Shady Sanctuary - 50 Native Plants Package
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Plant substitutions might be made if plants become unavailable from the grower. All plants are provided by Midwest Groundcovers as part of their Natural Garden Natives line, a selection of pesticide-free, local ecotype native plants. Plants come in one-pint containers.

All packages must be picked up at the Sag Moraine Native Plant Sale at Moraine Valley Community College (9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465) on June 1, 2024 between 9am and 2pm.

No refunds will be given.

Sag Moraine is an all-volunteer organization. All proceeds from the plant sale fund Sag Moraine educational programs and native plant initiatives. We thank you for your support!

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