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The Perfect Mix of Shade Garden Plants

shade garden can be a great place of relaxation and serenity. Sitting under the shade, you can do a lot of restful activities without sweating under the sun. Just sit under the shade and enjoy the beauty of the nature, read books, or have casual talks with family members. The uniqueness of the shade garden plants is that they flourish well in areas frequented by limited natural light. The decreased light may be of a morning sun, gloomy sun, or filtered sun. These plants require moist soil that is rich in organic matter to grow well. Ideal places to grow the shade-loving plants would be the areas where there is blocked light from tall buildings or in areas receiving diminished light due to tall trees in the surrounding area. When compared to the sun garden plants, the shade-loving plants bloom well even with little care and water. They are also easy to maintain.

There are certain varieties of shade garden plants that grow for more than three years under part or full-shaded areas. The good thing is, as these plants flourish in the shades of the neighboring trees, they are well protected from the damage or breakage during the extreme temperatures of summer and winter. A perfect shade garden would be the one that has a blend of bright colors, arousing fragrance, nice foliage, and pervasive combination of coleus.

 

Color

By planting a cluster of perennial shade-growing plants in your garden, you can witness a steady presence of colors in your shade garden. Azalea is a colorful shade-flourishing plant that bears brightly colored flowers during the spring. The astilbe bears flowers with varying colors- red, pink, purple and white. It blooms a variety of such colors predominantly in the June and July. Beebalm is an attractive shade garden plant that bears white and red fragrant flowers starting mid summer and lasting till the end of fall. This means, you can sit back and have an extended garden season on your landscape.

 

Fragrance

Two shade garden plants, the daylily and hydrangeas are well-known for their fragrances. The flowers of daylily live for only a day but produces magical fragrance. Hydrangeas possesses green foliage and naturally scented flowers in varied colors according to the variety.

 

Foliage

Though ferns and heucheras or coral bells grow in shaded landscapes, some of them also tend to blossom in sunny landscapes. Ferns appreciate moist soil rich in organic matter and will grow best in dark areas such as wooded areas. north side of the house, or under the canopy of large trees. Heucheras, or Coral Bells, are North American natives and are one of the more colorful plants that are shade loving. With the many native hybrids avaialable, there are so many colors of Coral Bells to choose from.

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