It's smack dab middle of winter right now and despite the joy that the conservatory brings, there is that longing to be out in the garden, inhaling the fresh earthy smells of the soil. So we in the frozen tundra that is the north, are doing armchair gardening of all sorts, dreaming about and planning our gardens for the coming year.
There are two ways I can go with this, or rather, two ways I want to go - either hostas or ferns. I adore hostas and I have many of them. Come spring, I may just have enough of them that I could divide and transplant several of them to this mostly shady area and let them fill in. Hostas would also be fairly resistant to the slight abuse whatever is planted there would have to take until they get filled in. (Kitties throw and pile soil like nobody's business in their effort to cover up their messes.)
But the location is also a good one for growing ferns, which I also love. I've got some Ostrich Ferns in another part of the garden where they're constantly crying for moisture and I have to make a real effort to keep them watered so they don't go dormant. They would definitely do better here. The hard part would be keeping the cats out until they were more established, unless I purchased more of them to begin with.
Here's the spot:
I realize it's hard to see much with it covered with snow, but I guess that doesn't really matter. You see the general area. In the left corner, there is a black fountain in summer:
What would YOU do? And if ferns are the answer, what is a good place for ordering them online, should I choose to go that route? I'll look locally first, but these can sometimes be hard to find here. Or maybe you have something totally different in mind?