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33 Easy Ideas for Shade Gardens


TN Nurseries best selling shade trees

1. Autumn blaze red maple

2. Sugar maple

3. Beech tree

4. Mulberry tree

5. Weeping willow

Types of Shade Garden Designs

It is this time of the year when we mortals begin seeking a shady spot in our garden for a little reprise from the full blast of the sun. First and foremost, we must all remember that all shade is not created equal. In our garden, we'll find areas of partial shade, deep shade, and light shade - each of these shade garden options is determined by your landscape design.

Deep Shade Garden Design

In a partial shade area, we have a broad range of exciting and colorful plants; yet, these same plants under the heavy shade of an oak or pine will experience difficulty in growing or even surviving. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the type of shade you have and choosing plants for those particular light requirements is the most critical element of a successful shade garden.

Dappled Shade Garden Design

A light canopy of tree foliage produces what is referred to as 'Dappled Shade.' It is a moving pattern of direct sunlight and shade across the ground for 1 or 2 hours a day while receiving bright indirect light all day. Not all trees produce dappled shade; evergreens and trees with dense foliage induce deep shade.

Light Shade Garden Design

From Dappled Shade, we move to Light Shade, also known as open shade, because the area is open to the sky, but walls, hedges, or other structures block direct sunlight. Although there is no direct sun, the affected area still receives plenty of reflected bright light. Many plants thrive in Light Shade, such as vines and climbers to cover stark unattractive walls or privacy fences. It must be noted that the soil tends to be dry in these areas because much of the rainfall is blocked by the structures.

Partial Shade Garden Design

We have covered Deep shade, Dappled shade, and Light shade; where does Partial shade fit in? Partial shade is an area that receives 2 to 6 hours of sun each day. Many of our plants that prefer full sunlight will perform admirably in Partial shade.

Moist Shade Garden Design

Thought we covered all of the shade conditions? Wrong. There is a Moist shade area along streams, ponds, or well-watered flowerbeds. Maidenhair and cinnamon ferns, trillium, bluebells, and forget-me-nots, will thrive in this particular shade condition.

Using Shade in your Landscape Design

Can we control shade? Yes, it is possible to reduce deep shade to dappled shade under trees and large shrubs by pruning. Thinning out branches opens the canopy, permitting more light to reach the ground and increasing the airflow.

First, remove the dead or diseased branches, then prune those that grow toward the center of the tree or shrub rather than outward. Continue selective pruning until you achieve the desired amount of shade. Remember, never prune more than one-third of the branches annually. It is better to remove small branches rather than significant limbs. Removal of the lowest branches will raise the tree's canopy and allow the more direct sun to reach the ground.

The last resort drastic option would be the complete removal of large shrubs and trees, mainly if they are planted too closely together. It may be the only option for trees or shrubs that drop leaves that are toxic to most plants, such as the eucalyptus or black walnut.

Talk to one of our online nursery experts to find out more about how to develop your shade garden design.

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Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow is a towering and graceful deciduous tree known for its long branches that sweep downward, creating a weeping and elegant appearance commonly found near water bodies. It is a stunning deciduous tree renowned for its graceful, drooping branches that create a cascading effect, making it an excellent addition to any landscape. The weeping willow is a stately tree that needs no introduction. This type of willow features cascading branches that give it its unique moniker. But despite this, there are plenty of reasons why you'd likely be quite content to plant one of these gorgeous trees in your own yard. Let's take a look at some of the top benefits of these trees and why they are so prpular.   Weeping Willow Appreciate Excessive Moisture While it's always possible to overwater any plant, these trees actually thrive in moister areas, making them the perfect plant to incorporate into swampier areas where you're having trouble growing some of your other favorite flowers. Better yet, they look stunning over a pond or small body of water, captivating passerby with their delicate yet powerful presence. The Tree Offers Sustenance to Local Wildlife The branches and leaves of these trees fall often, and it's a good thing as they offer food for local wildlife. It's a major bonus for anyone looking to create a natural space that benefits the environment. They get the free cleanup offered by small rodents and animals like deer, as well as a show when they stop by to feed, and the animals get a quick meal whenever they need it. The biggest benefit of these trees is the sheer amount of shaded space underneath them. If you have some plants that thrive better in darker areas, this tree might be the perfect spot to position them. Of course, you could always enjoy the tree yourself, sitting under it to read a book and enjoy a reprieve away from the summer sun. TN Nursery Can Enhance The Look of Your Surroundings These trees are among the few that need no explanation as to why they enter. They have an almost dream-like appearance that quickly pulls you in, something further enhanced by the yellow flowers that start to appear towards the end of winter and the beginning of spring. If you're looking for a tree that immediately pulls you in and enhances the look of your surroundings, this is the one.

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