Shade Garden / Shade Gardening
Lots of trees in you yard and little sunlight? Got a northern exposure that
doesn't seem to support any plant life? No need to despair that your yard
is a plant-less, barren wasteland. No need to cut down those beautiful shade
trees. Shade gardening is the perfect solution. Shade gardening focuses upon
selecting plants that require little sunlight, to brighten up the darkest
areas of your yard.
If you've ever traipsed around a woodland forest, you'll notice the thick,
overhead canopy created by the trees offers little, or no, direct sunlight.
Yet, Mother Nature has provided a lush variety plants that thrive on the
forest floor. Those, my gardening friends, are shade loving plants!
What's the key to a successful shade garden? Simple....don't try to grow
sun loving plants in shady areas. There is a wide variety of plants to choose
from. They include ferns, flowers, flowering bulbs, bushes, and even trees.
Just when you thought there was little to choose from, along comes a wealth
of choice and selection to brighten up those dark nooks and crannies of your
Varying Degrees of Shade
There are sometimes confusing terms that define the amount of shade. This
is very important, as you select the plants to grow in your shade garden.
See Types of Shade Definition
Types of Plants for Shade:
Most gardeners and homeowners aren't fully aware of the huge range of plants,
bushes, trees and shrubs that will grow well in partial to full shade. Here's
one you may not have thought of....houseplants. Few people think about
houseplants as a shade plant. After spending several months in your house
(from fall to spring), houseplants are well acclimated to low light levels.
And, if you plant them in a shady spot of your yard, they will suffer less
leaf drop when brought back indoors in the fall.
Ttypes of shade plants
Shade Garden Habitat:
That shady spot in your yard may or may not be in ideal condition for shade
loving plants to thrive. Like any plants, improving the environment of the
plants will help to promote a healthy, vibrant shade garden. The conditions
are different from those enjoyed by sun loving plants. The key elements are
lighting, soil condition, moisture, and air circulation.
More information on shade garden habitat
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