Ken Druse puts together "recipes" for your garden—whether you are looking for a Midwest prairie, a collage of trailing vines, a woodland nook, or a night-blooming palette—showing what to plant for each theme. Each garden "recipe" is captured in these beautiful images by Ellen Hoverkamp. The images are not only stunning, but practical—Druse and Hoverkamp put ground covers at the bottom, shrubs in the middle, and trees at the top.
A fantasy of foliage and flora, this combination of woodland creatures includes many of the native favorites that define the deeply shaded understory of Northeastern forests. In the wild, these verdant ephemerals—ferns, anemone, lilies, foamflowers, and jack-in-the-pulpits among them—do best with plenty of moisture. They all thrive in spring’s rainy weather, but most disappear come summertime, when the humus in which they grow dries up.
Top, left to right: 1.The fluffy flowers of Tiarella cordifolia, a Northeast native, inspire its common name, foamflower. 2.Jack-in-the-pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) blossom with dramatically hooded blooms. 3.The yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum) produces large colonies of plants. 4. Bottom:Tiarella leaves are as pretty as their blooms, making them great ground cover.