Information About Shade Gardens

Gardening in shade can be a difficult endeavor without the right plants. Planning a shade garden begins with choosing suitable shade garden plants and an understanding of the various types of shade and soil within these areas. By learning more about these factors and plants for shade gardens, you can turn any shady spot into a beautiful garden. No more dealing with dark, dreary landscapes. So keep reading for all the shade garden ideas you need for planning a garden that fits your needs.

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Annuals And Perennials For Shade That Bloom All Summer

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Planning a flower garden in shaded beds can be difficult, but not impossible. Click here for shade flowers that bloom all summer long.

Rain Garden Ideas For Shady Yards

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Rain garden plants should be native species that tolerate moist soil. If the low area of your garden is shady, choose appropriate plants.

15 Best Flowering Shade Plants

By Amy Draiss

What are the best flowers to plant in the shade? Click here to learn about our top 15 flowering shade plants.

Edible Shade Plants: Herbs, Fruits And Vegetables That Grow In Shade

By Laura Miller

Not everyone is blessed with a bright, sunny spot for growing edible plants, but there are plenty of herbs, fruits and vegetables that grow in shade. Read on for more.

10 Annuals That Thrive In Shade: Shade-Loving Annuals For Full And Part Shade

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Just because a garden is shady doesn't mean it can't be filled with colorful blooms. Click for our favorite annuals for shade flower beds.

Colorful Shade Plants: Add A Splash Of Color To Your Shade Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Colorful shade plants can be a challenge since many flowering plants like sun, but there are still plenty of options. Read on for more.

Interesting Shade Plants: Unusual Alternatives For Shade Gardens

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Some garden locations can be downright challenging – like shade. Tired of the same old shade plants. Click here for some fun lesser known alternatives.

Shade Rock Garden – Growing A Rock Garden In Shade

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Building a rock garden in shade is a little more difficult but with the right soil and plants, it can be done. Find tips for shade rock gardens here.

Planting Texture Under Trees – Adding Texture In A Shade Garden

By Amy Grant

Layering and incorporating shade plants for texture in woodland gardens under trees is key to creating this woodland retreat. Learn how it’s done here.

Perennial Plants For Shade Gardens – What Are The Best Shade Perennials

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Got some shade but need plants that come back each year? Here are a few of the best shade perennials, along with their USDA growing zones.

Shady Perennial Vine Plants – Choosing Perennial Vines For Shade

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Add shade tolerant perennial vines for repeating color and texture in shady garden areas. Click here for some great perennial shade vine choices.

Annual Vines For Shade: Learn About Shade Tolerant Annual Vines

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Annual vines in the landscape allow for fast foliage and quick color, and in shady areas this is an added blessing. Learn about annual shade vines here.

Hummingbird Shade Garden: What Shade Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What shade plants attract hummingbirds? Click the following article to learn about some easy-to-grow shade flowers for hummers.

Shade Tolerant Wildflowers – Growing Wildflowers In Shade

By Mary Ellen Ellis

If you have a lot of shade, what wildflowers will thrive there? Look for woodland species like those found in this article.

Pest Repellent Shade Plants: Shade Plants Bugs Don’t Like

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Add shade plants bugs don’t like to alleviate the stress of insects in the yard and regain the enjoyment of dark outdoor spaces. Click here for suggestions.

Shade Plants For Wet Sites: Choosing Wet Tolerant Shade Plants

By Amy Grant

Do you have an excess of wet soil and lacking in the sun department? There are plenty of shade plants that like wet conditions. Find them here.

Shady Island Bed Plan – How To Grow An Island Bed In The Shade

By Laura Miller

Whatever your reason for planting a shady island bed, choosing the right plants makes all the difference. Select the best shade plants for an island bed here.

Shade Sand Plants – Growing Shade Plants In Shady Soil

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plants in sandy soil must be able to withstand periods of drought, as any moisture will seep away from roots. Another challenge to add to the mix is having shade. Shade sand plants have to be tough and adaptable to thrive. Click the following article for some great plants to try.

Shade Tolerant Clay Plants: Best Plants For Shady Clay Locations

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

If your flowerbeds haven’t yet been amended and you’re wondering if you can plant in clay soil, then this shade-tolerant clay plant article is for you.

Shade Plants For Acidic Soil – Growing Plants In Acidic Shade Gardens

By Amy Grant

Gardeners might feel hopeless when confronted with both shade and acidic soil conditions. However, don’t despair, as acid-loving shade plants do exist. What plants thrive in acidic shade conditions? Click here to find out!

Potted Shade Flowers – Shade Tolerant Flowers For Containers

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

There are a surprising number of shade tolerant flowers for containers. Although most need at least a few hours of sun per day, a few potted shade flowers will bloom in partial or full shade. Click below for information on shade loving flowers for pots.

Shade Plant Light Requirements: Maximum Hours Of Sun For Shade Plants

By Laura Miller

Matching a plant's light requirements to shady areas of the garden may seem like a straightforward task. However, shaded garden areas may not fall neatly into the definitions for partial sun, partial shade, and full shade. To find guidelines to help, click here.

Fragrant Shade Flowers: Growing Scented Flowers For Shady Spots

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Though not apparent from afar, fragrance can play a major part in how visitors experience the landscape. While sun locations are ideal and endless in choices, growers with more challenging conditions, like shade, are often left in need of options. Find some here.

Growing Woodland Wildflowers – Popular Plants For Woodland Gardens

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Some gardeners consider shade the enemy, but if you have a wooded yard, you should embrace the shade. This is a perfect opportunity for a woodland garden. Click here for tips and ideas on the best plants to choose for a woodland area in your landscape.

Small Ornamental Shade Trees: Learn About Ornamental Trees That Grow In Shade

By Teo Spengler

You don't need a garden that bakes in the sun all day to grow ornamental trees. Choosing small ornamental trees for shade area is a great option. Click here to learn more.

Tropical Shade Gardening Ideas – How To Create A Tropical Shade Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If your dream is to create a lush, jungle-like garden filled with exotic, shade-loving tropical plants, don't give up on the idea. Even if your shady garden is many miles away from the tropics, you can still create the feeling of a tropical garden. Learn more here.

Plants For Woodland Gardens: Ideas And Tips For Creating A Woodland Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Do you have large trees or unused wooded areas in your yard? Put them to use by creating a woodland garden. Learning how to plant a woodland garden is easy and this article will help.

Choosing Shade Evergreens: Learn More About Evergreens For Shade

By Heather Rhoades

Evergreen shrubs for shade may seem like an impossibility, but the fact is that there are many shade loving evergreen shrubs for the garden. Read here to learn more about shade evergreens for your yard.

Learn More About Ground Covers For Shade

By Kathee Mierzejewski

There are many different ground covers for shade areas in your yard. You just have to put your imagination cap on and decide exactly what you want to do with those areas. This article will help too.

Learn Which Flowers Grow Well In Shade

By Heather Rhoades

A shady yard doesn't have to mean a foliage-only garden Which flowers grow well in shade? Read this article to find out.

Shade Container Garden: Plants For Creating Shade Containers

By Heather Rhoades

Container gardens are a fantastic way to add color and beauty to tough spots. If you are trying to think of ideas for a shade container garden, this article will help, so click here to get more information.

Gardening With Foliage Plants: How To Create An All Green Foliage Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

When it comes to the garden color, green is often overlooked. But this shouldn't be the case. Foliage plays an important role, providing year-round interest, depth, and personality. Read here to learn more.

Shade Loving Border Plants: Choosing Plants For Shady Borders

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Gardening in the shade is no different than gardening in sunny areas of the landscape. It only requires more care in choosing plants and more imagination in placing them. Learn more here.

Gardening In The Shady Garden

By Arista Hageman

Gardening where the sun doesn't shine is not the easiest of tasks, but it can be one of the most rewarding. With the tips in this article, you'll learn how to overcome shady challenges.

Plants For Shade: Finding A Shade-Loving Plant

By Neal Christal

Many homeowners are faced with the frustration of trying to grow plants in the shade. But instead of seeing your dimly lit spot as a problem, use this article to help find a suitable plant.

Discovering The Benefits Of Shade Gardening

By Tanya Hein

Despite challenges from a lack of sunlight, you can create an attractive, useful, and relaxing garden in the shade. This article will help get you started.

Decorating Your Shade Garden

By Tanya Hein

Less flashy than sunnier neighbors, shade gardens can seem dull at first glance. A closer inspection, however, reveals the opposite is true. Read here for more information and how to use shade plants to your advantage.

Adding Perennials To Your Shade Garden

By Tanya Hein

A shade garden is the perfect place to plant today's popular perennials. Learn more about adding these plants to shady areas in the following article and make the most of your garden's dark areas.

Planning Shade Gardens: Determining Shade Density For Planting A Shade Garden

By Tanya Hein

Planting a shade garden sounds easy, right? But how long is that space actually shaded? Find tips in this article and get started today.

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