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   Jul 10

Shade Garden: Gardening in the Dark

gardeningShade gardening can be a new experience especially if you are new to gardening. But today, some gardeners prefer this type of gardening and there are numerous plants and flowers that love the shade than full sunlight.

Shade areas include under the trees or an open area that is covered from the heat of the sun. Although it might be challenging, some gardeners want to grow plants that naturally grow in shady areas.

Right Selection of Plants and Flowers

Plants that love the shade commonly bring out deep colors so you must choose bright-colored flowers so they stand out in the dark. However, if you persist with the dark-colored ones, then you can be creative and mix them with light-colored. This will make your shade garden attractive.

Shade perennials such as Lenten roses, astilbe, daylilies or phlox can bring bright effect to your garden. You can add clump bamboo, ferns or hostas in order to add texture.

You can also have shade annuals such as impatiens, elephant ears, wax begonia, calla lilies and coleus in your garden. Just keep in mind that they don’t do well in the shade, but they still need sunlight from time to time.

Popular choices for shade plants are English ivy and vinca.  Make sure to research on your shade plants very well to attend to their needs.

Prepare your Garden

If you plan to have your shade plants beneath a large tree, it might be difficult as this type of tree will need more water and nutrients from the soil, leaving nothing for your plants. So make sure to tend the soil before placing your plants. Add organic material and fertilizer in order to sustain another plant life.

It would be ideal to plant your shade garden during spring so the roots have time to grow and expand before summer arrives. Make sure to water it regularly and put mulch to your plants to hold the moisture. You can shred the fallen leaves of the tree as mulch for your shade garden to prevent weeds and plant diseases.

Another solution so your greeneries will not compete with the nutrients is you can use garden container. Your plants can have their own supply of necessities but still benefit from the shade of tree. Also you can place it anywhere you like as long as there is shade.garden

You can also incorporate some landscaping materials such as rocks and water features that can complete the natural environment of your garden. You can attract butterflies and bees with your wildlife garden.

Make sure to choose your shade plants and location well so you can consider your shade garden a success. Although, some gardeners prefer plants that love the sunshine, it is still great to think outside of the box and challenge yourself with another type of gardening.

Beautiful garden can still be achieved even if your garden receives little sunlight. With good garden planning and creativity, you can have a shade garden that brings color and beauty to your yard.

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