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Posted on Thursday 12/23

How to Use Shade-Loving Perennials in your Landscape Design

Not everyone’s garden has ample sunshine, and this can sometimes be a limiting factor when selecting plants for your landscape design. However, there are many perennials that will grow quite well even in the shade.

Before you decide to plant, evaluate your landscape for sunshine. Some parts of the garden may receive the sun, but it may only be for a few hours. Thus, you need to choose your plants accordingly.

Areas of medium shade often only get sunshine in the early morning or late afternoon. However, medium shade is very common in most homes in the urban areas. Besides large buildings, the landscape may be blocked from the sun from large trees or fences.

How to Design a Landscape with Medium Shade Conditions

If you have medium shade, then the best plants are astilbe, corydalis lutea or a variety of aquilegia hybrids. These low growing perennials are easy to grow, need minimum maintenance and produce beautiful flowers.

What to Grow in Very Shady Landscape Designs

If your garden has even less sunshine and is dark, you can still grow some perennials like the Japanese spurge and the periwinkle. Both produce flowers with dense green foliage. Another option is the Lilly of the valley which produces pleasant fragrant flowers. You can even grow a variety of shrubs in medium light. These include the azaleas, rhododendron and the hydrangeas.

If you want ground covers to fill in large areas of your garden, then the choices are Sweet woodruff, pachysandra, evergreen candytuft and Vinca minor. Some of these will even grow under the trees. To brighten up your dull landscape, you may even want to go with annuals, foxglove, begonias, and pansies. Other flowering bulbs that also thrive in low sunlight are the surprise Lilly, Madonna, and calla.

If you are unsure what to grow, speak to a gardener or a landscaper first.