Shade patterns change throughout the year. Keep a log for successful planting.
Maybe you’ve got it on you resolution list to finally do something with the yard. You’ve got some ideas, but aren’t sure exactly which plants will work well for each garden.
The first thing you need to do is know the lay of your land. Which way is north, south, east, and west? How does the house line up with these directions? Where are large trees or shrubs located [...]
Clown Flower, my favorite shade annual. Grew these from seed myself.
For most people, when they think of shade, they get a picture of ivy, vinca major, or pachysanra as their only options. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Shade can be as alluring as sun, if you use the right combination of plants.
Earlier I wrote about knowing your shade. Is it dense, spotted, or partial? All of this will have a bearing on which plants will do well [...]
Foamflower, great in the shade
In many old, established neighborhoods finding sun is the main concern of gardeners. Shade is in abundance. Knowing how to use that shade can lead to replacing barren dark patches with lovely foliage and flowers. So, get to know what kind of shade you’re looking at, so that you pick the correct plants for the location.
Deep Shade – All day shade, with no direct sunlight reaching the ground. The sites can be dry to moist, [...]
Well, actually not total darkness, but as far as many plants are concerned shade is almost as bad. How can you have an attractive yard with colorful flowers if your yard is mostly shade?
It’s easy. There are dozens of shade plants to choose from and some of the spring blooming perennials can be grown in most shade during the summer months and do just fine. Also, many shade plants have beautiful, colorful foliage, as well.
From trees and shrubs, to perennials [...]