Made in the Shade Garden Kit

32 plants

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For Medium soils and Full Shade. Shorter stature, 6 forb species. Projected starting ship week is April 21. These are overwintered plants that will be coming out of dormancy.
A 32-pot tray loaded with spring favorites, the Made in the Shade Garden Kit is the perfect way to jumpstart your shade garden. Our selection of live plants consists primarily of low-lying species, with the 4-foot-tall Spikenard adding height and structure. This varied assortment of six different species blooms from April through August, adding bursts of color to any shady understory across the season. This kit boasts blooms of all colors, from the delicate pink of Spring Beauty to the white and red of Wild Strawberry to the blues and purples of Virginia Bluebells and Virginia Waterleaf. The succulent green leaves of Wild Stonecrop provide a solid ground cover or even textural interest to an old rock wall, where Sedum species often thrive. The sturdy Spikenard extends the color of this primarily spring garden into summer and fall with its broad leaves, attractive red berries, and shrubby stature. Filter species in the kit here

Included with each order, full-color Planting and Care Instructions and Layout Suggestions for Planting (see COMPONENTS tab). 

Tray Details: 
• Each of the 32 plant cells are 3.5” deep x 2.5” wide at top
• 1 tag per plant will be provided
• Recommended spacing is one plant / 1-2 sq. ft.; Kit covers approx. 40-60 sq. ft.

*Please note: We may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to unforeseen greenhouse failures or shortages.

1 Question asked on Made in the Shade Garden Kit

Is this Made In The Shade kit appropriate to plant under many pine trees?
Hi Melissa. The majority of these plants will like moister soils, typical of a decidious woodland floor. Sometimes, thicker stands of pines have very dry soils. If you think your soil here is quite dry, this Kit may not thrive.


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

For the Garden Kit trays, we may need to substitute appropriate species without notice due to shortages later in the season or unforeseen greenhouse failures.
Shipping & Handling Charges:
For Potted Plant orders $50.00 and under: $9.00
For Potted Plant orders over $50.00: add 18% of the total plant cost.

We ship potted trays with UPS, and SpeeDee in the Midwest, so we must have a street address. Long-distance shipments (to the East Coast and West) taking 3 or more days are only shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays to prevent plants from drying out over the weekend.

Potted plants in this kit are either overwintered plants coming out of dormancy or 1st year plants started this past winter; growth for both types are weather-dependant.  Plants must be large and well-rooted to stay in their cells during shipment. Our greenhouses are located in the Upper Midwest, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship earlier than advertised.

*We are unable to ship potted or bare root plants outside the contiguous US or to California due to government regulations.