Made in the Shade
August brings the heat in many parts of the world and wouldn’t it would be nice to have a place in your garden that is shady retreat, a place to relax and cool off. Shady areas can cause concern for gardeners as they ponder what plants will thrive without direct sunlight. Actually there are many plants and shrubs that love the shade and so will you once you have finished making a shady nook where you can beat the heat in your own garden.
There are many plants that love the shade and some have color and foliage that add incredible beauty to your shady spot and using plants of varying heights also adds interest. Hostas are the king of shade plants and with their many different varieties the choices are many, in fact you could make a Hosta garden and it would be absolutely gorgeous as they come in so many different sizes and foliage colors. Jack-in-the pulpit is a wildflower that grows very well in the shade and can be found in many woodland areas, its’ flowers bloom in the spring and its’ red berries last throughout most of the summer; it does best in moist soil.
Lungwort, or its more attractive botanical name is Pulmonaria, flowers early in the spring, lovely bright blue and pink blooms. Its’ leaves are lovely as well and they add some white and green life to a shady garden corner.
Bleeding heart is another great shade loving flower and its fern edged style of leaves add interest when the flowers have faded and Tiarella is as pretty as its name and worth planting as its rich, green leaves are just beautiful and so are its blossoms.
For groundcover bugleweed is a good candidate as it is extremely fast growing and will thrive in the shade beneath trees and shrubs. Speaking of shrubs, hydrangeas can do very well in partial shade and dogwood is another good ‘shade shrub’. Some varieties of Azaleas and Rhododendrons like partial shade as well and will add a splash of color to a cool, shady area.
Lastly, what would a shady spot be without some ferns, the king of the woodlands. These fast growing beauties thrive in moderate sunlight; in fact you need to take care that they do not take over as they multiply rapidly season after season.
Once you have planted your shade loving oasis don’t forget a bench to relax on when the sun is high and a little respite from the heat is in order, after all that hard work you will definitely have it made in the shade.