By Jen Byiers
Is your garden very shady and has this fact stopped you from taking the time to personalise the space with great landscaping? You can still enjoy your space in the shade. There are some great shade plants and other ideas that can help you enjoy your outdoor garden without clearing the area of mature trees.
Some plants that are famous for being hardy in the shade include: hostas, ferns, purple coneflowers (which often attract beautiful butterflies, too), bleeding hearts, perennial geraniums, periwinkle, English ivy, pretty impatiens, and many more. There are dozens of shade friendly flowers that will fit nicely in planters or as border gardens around your trees.
Some plants do quite well in the shade and brighten up an otherwise gloomy looking area with a splash of color. Quite a few of these are perennial plants so you won’t have to invest in replacing them each and every year. Read up on plants and consider your garden. Some areas will have partial shade whereas others are in full shade. Some shady areas are dry and others are more moist. Before investing in a lot of plants for your garden, consider placing plants in their pots throughout the garden and watching them for a few weeks to see how they do. By keeping them in their pots you can move them without transplanting if they seem to be doing poorly in a certain area.
Worrying About Insects?
Do you avoid sitting outside much because you’re concerned that the density of the property will mean a lot of biting insects? This isn’t necessarily the case. And if you want to combat this problem, there are some things you can do to help. Some plants, such as mint, can deter bugs and grow well in the shade. Many mosquito repelling plants prefer full sunlight but many people experiment with plants such a lemongrass, catnip, and citronella in the brightest parts of their garden. Make sure to eliminate standing water to help keep the insect population down, too. Certain hedges and bushes can harbor a lot of bugs so you may want to consider relocating some of your shrubbery that sits near patios and doorways.
Thin Things Out
one wants to advocate cutting down healthy and mature trees but there can be a bit of thinning out done so that you have an opportunity to get more light on your property. Be careful as some towns and cities have laws about tree removal. There may be a good argument for removing or relocating a tree or two to increase your sun exposure.
refully consider where you set up your patio for maximum sun exposure and consider brighter colors for patio stone and furnishings that can brighten up the feel of your garden as well. And don’t dismay too much about the lack of sun beating down on your home as you’re probably saving money on the cooling of your home in the warm weather, too.
About the author:
Jen Byiers writes for Gardens Galore, a company specializing in landscape gardening Edinburgh projects.