How do I grow a shade garden?

Creating a garden in the cool shaded parts of your yard isn't as challenging as you might think. The key is to select plants that will thrive in the available light.

First, take note of the amount of sun the area receives throughout the day:

  • Lightly shaded - Shaded for four-six hours each day, but still receives bright, indirect light.
  • Partially shaded - Areas are blocked from the sun, except for short periods in the morning or late afternoon.
  • Full shade - Little sunlight reaches the area during the day.

When deciding on shade-tolerant plants that would work in your site, choose a variety of form, texture, height and color. Contrast broad-leafed plants such as hosta with tall plants with finer leaves, such as astilbes, ferns and coralbells. Also think low, with shade-loving groundcover such as ajuga, vinca, Solomon’s seal and foamflower.

Make sure your flowers will stand out in shady, low-light areas by choosing ornamentals with blooms in lighter colors such as whites, pinks, purples and blues, which appear more vivid than darker colors such as red or orange.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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