- Tuesday, April 05, 2011
The following information on shade gardening is provided to us by Master Gardener Judy Fender.
1. In looking at the area you want to change what do you see?
Straight lines? Over grown hedges? No grass because of too much shade?
2. What interests you when you consider what to plant?
Perennials, native plants. Remember many perennials die to the ground. Mix evergreen shrubs in with flowering plants.
3. Determine what type of exposure the area has.
Shade in the morning and sun in the afternoon is not a shade garden. Take note of how the seasons change in your landscape.
What may get sun in summer may be totally shady in winter.
4. Try to reduce the size of the lawn.
Berms help to accentuate large lawns. Enlarge garden perimeters to have less lawn to cut and water.