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Shade Gardens

Shade in a garden is an area where natural light is blocked for some reason or another and almost all gardens have an area that is shady, the sun could be blocked by buildings, walls, fences, trees or shrubs. There are different kinds of shade:

DRY SHADE is an area that is usually beside a fence or wall and is sheltered from both wind and rain. When planting in these area's incorporate plenty of organic material this is essential to improve the soil and then mulch the plants to retrain moisture.

DAMP SHADE is an area of the garden that is both moist and cool it usually occurs under trees. Incorporating plenty of organic material when planting will help improve the soil immensely these moist conditions are usually suited to lush foliage plants such as Fern, Hosta and Bergenia.

LIGHT SHADE is an area that is open but the sun is obstructed by either buildings, walls or trees. Try planting any plants during autumn so that they have time to become well established over winter when there is plenty of light available.

SEMI SHADED areas do have direct sun during the day and shade loving plants will thrive in these parts of the garden.

MODERATE SHADE has 2-3 hours of sunlight a day during summer and many shade loving plants can be grown there but as a rule of thumb mainly grow plants in these area's for their foliage rather than flower.

DEEP SHADE occurs under dense thick trees or shrubs such as Conifers. Limited plants survive these conditions.

DAPPLED SHADE is an open site but has a canopy of deciduous trees.

LARGE SHRUBS
Berberis
Buxus
Camellia
Cornus
Daphne
Eleagnus
Euonymus
Hydrangea
Ilex (Holly)
Laurocerasus
Mahonia
Phyllostachys
Rhododendron
Taxus
Viburnum


MEDIUM TO LOW GROWING SHRUBS
Azalea
Chaenomeles
Cotoneaster
Fatsia
Osmanthus
Pieris
Pittosporum
Pyracantha
Sarcococca
Skimmia
Vinca

PERENNIALS
Acanthus mollis
Aconitum
Ajuga
Alchemilla
Anemone japonica
Aquilegia
Aruncus
Astilbe
Astrainia
Bellis
Bergenia
Brunnera
Convallaria
Corydalis
Cyclamen
Dicentra
Digitalis
Dryopteris
Epimedium
Euphorbia
Filipendula
Geranium
Helebourus
Heuchera
Heucherella
Hosta
Iris Sibirica
Lamium
Liriope
Lysmachia
Meconopsis
Mytosis
Persicaria
Primula
Pulmonaria
Rodgersia
Tiraella
Tellima
Tradescantia
Trillium
Viola

GRASSES
Anemanthele
Carex
Deschampsia
Festuca
Ophiopogon

BULBS
Anemone Blanda
Chionodoxa
Galanthus (Snowdrop)
Scilla

ANNUALS
Begonia
Busy Lizzie
Mimulus
Polyanthus

ALPINE
Campanula
Phlox
Viola

CLIMBERS
Garrya
Hedera
Hydrangea
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Parthenocissuss (Virginia Creeper)

TREES
Acer
Chamaecypariss
Carpinus Betulus (Hornbeam)
Craaegus (Hawthorne)
Magnolia
Quercus (Oak)


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