You’ll have it made in the shade with these garden collections below! No need to shy away from those areas under trees or next to walls – with these simple shade garden ideas you can easily transform dappled shade into a gardening asset rather than a liability. Imaginecool green foliage dotted with calming white or lavender flowers, restful benches in dappled shade, a weathered birdbath, and moss-covered stones….
Our shade garden ideas take full advantage of foliage to create color and contrast for a cool retreat when the summer heats up. We’ve combined large full leaves with feathery ferns and ruffled or variegated foliage to create a setting that invites you to pause and take in the scenery. The various sizes, shapes, and textures of these shade garden favorites offer a restful counterpoint to a sunny summer garden.
We couldn’t resist mixing a few flowers for shade gardens into the collections. Despite common wisdom, there are lots of choices for colorful flowers that thrive in the shade. Pink or orange impatiens, begonias, and fuchsia really pop against cool green foliage, while the blue and purple tones of Jacob’s Ladder, Torenia, and hydrangea evoke a more meditative mood.
Remember, a shady spot in summer might have full sun in spring, giving you the opportunity to transition your garden through the seasons. Spring bulbs make great flowers for shade gardens, emerging before the trees get their leaves. Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth create a bright spring display before the shade sets in. As their blooms fade, hosta, ferns, and coral bells will fill-in to cover any bare spots.
Shade is one of nature’s cycles so use our shade garden ideas to make the most of what you have. Think of these collections as a starting point and feel free to substitute with plants and flowers for shade gardens that fit your style and your setting. As long as the combination you choose has similar light and water requirements your shade garden should be a complete success!
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