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Growing A Flowering Shade Garden | Flowering Garden Guide

Growing A Flowering Shade Garden

By Felix on November 29th, 2008

The general idea that exposure to the sun is something that all plants need has made many gardeners hesitant to start a garden in places that are shady or partially hidden from the sun. Many think it is not worth the effort to start a flowering shade garden since the plants will only eventually die out from lack exposure to the sun.

However, this is not entirely true as plants can still live even though it is shaded partially or fully from the sun. In fact, certain plants grow best if they are planted in these areas. They bloom and flower all they can without the fear of drying up from the excessive heat. This produces a shady flowering garden that is not only beautiful but is also cool and refreshing to visit at any time of the day.

Starting a flowering shade garden is the same as starting any kind of garden. You need to possess the basic tools and equipment that you will use. Also you need to prepare the soil so that it will give the right amount of nourishments to your plants. However, the only difference with the kind of flower gardening is the type of plants that is needed and used. This is because some gardening plants are not used to living in the shade. Some are exactly the opposite. The gardener must be able to know some of the plants that grow best in this kind of garden environment.

Two of the most common plants that are recommended for use in a flowering shade garden are hydrangeas and rhododendrons. These bush type plants grow very well in shady areas but are also adaptive in sunlit areas. However, the coolness of the shades lessens the plants’ water consumption making them more susceptible to periods of lesser rainfall. Also, these make them sturdier as this means that they can survive for long periods without water. In addition to that, hydrangeas and rhododendrons produce beautiful and colorful flowers that make them a wonderful addition to any shady garden design and structure.

There are also other plants that make a great addition to any shade garden. These include many perennial flowers like Bugbane, Lady’s Mantle, Astilbe, Pigsqueak, Hellebore, crested Iris, Primrose and Violet. These plants can be spread on the ground and arranged according to their different colors and effects. Also, it is recommended that they are also grouped according to the amount of shade they really need and allow. Those that require the most shade should be clustered together as well as those that don’t require that much.

The final component that is necessary in starting a flowering shade garden is the trees or objects that will provide the shade. It’s good if there are already large trees that already exist in the intended location as the design can then be just worked around the structure of the trees. If there are not, gardeners can then choose from a wide variety of fruit, flowering and ornamental trees to plant strategically around the garden.

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