I am getting married this summer, and I was hoping that you could give me the names of some plants that would work for my purposes (hopefully they exist!). The first type will be growing in a forest, so it will be highly shaded. It would flower in early August and would spread a lot to give a lot of flowers all around the forest floor area. The second will also be growing in full shade and flower in early August but is a climbing plant to cover an arched pathway. Finally, what would you recommend we grow for our flower arrangements? Something easy to grow/work with would be ideal. This plant we could grow according to whatever instructions. We live in the Ottawa area (Ontario, Canada) so plants appropriate to this zone is also a factor. Thank you so much, Michael
Shade Thriving Plants
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Congratulations on your wedding.
It is very difficult to time plants and flowers to an exact date.
New plantings would be quite unpredictable, as they are not established.
I would visit your local garden centers and see what stock they are growing.
Plant the largest plants that you can purchase to help give you the most impact yet this year.
Proper care once your plants are in the ground is very important for plant health.
Here are several articles that will help you get started.