Having a garden in town is a bargain! Quite often, the number one enemy of this corner of potential paradise is the lack of sun. It is necessary to thwart the constraints of this shade garden to make it a pleasant space in all seasons. Because even in these conditions, it is quite possible to enjoy a small garden lush and welcoming. Indeed, thanks to well-chosen plants and some landscaping tips, the shadow garden reveals its charms!
The star plants of the shadow garden
In the first place, you should know that the shadow garden has many advantages. It usually gives off some mystery, which gives it a lot of charm. Its freshness is particularly pleasant in summer. In addition, in the shade, the greens are more intense and the whites brighter. As for the colors, they are more subtle and nuanced than under the rays of the sun. The goal is to exploit these assets and make the most of them!
First, to make the right choices about plants in a shade garden , it is important to determine the nature of this shade. Indeed, it is rather half shade when there is still a little sun in the morning or evening.
This is the case for example when the garden is wedged between buildings or is dominated by trees in the neighborhood. When there is no sun at all because of a building or a wall, it is a permanent shade . Similarly, when the garden is under a dense plant cover.
Although the lack of sunshine is problematic for 90% of plants, it is nevertheless easy to plant a shade garden. On the ground, the lawn is of course to proscribe in favor of ground cover plants . Ivy , cutthroat or periwinkle for example form pretty green carpet. If the soil is wet, helxin will also work wonders. As for foliage and flowering plants , well chosen, they can create a dream setting.
Thus, planted in mass, plants have a much stronger decorative impact. In this case, choosing 4 to 5 different varieties can play on colors and textures. For this exercise, the foliage of ferns , hostas or heucheras are unavoidable. The idea is to use the brightness of the foliage to brighten up the shade. In fresh soil, it is possible to associate certain grasses such as sedges .
To enliven a shade garden, light blooms are also essential. The lemon yellow of the mahonia or the acidic yellow of the euphorbia make a lot of effect for example. Similarly, purple and pink astilbes or fuchsias are effective colors to give shine to shaded areas.
As for the white flowers , they are essential! Among them, the huge immaculate balls of Annabelle hydrangea are certainly the most spectacular. Less exuberant but just as decorative, the white flowers of the arum , hellebores or Japanese anemones are also perfect for illuminating the shade.
Tips for showcasing a shadow garden
The main challenge for a shade garden is certainly to choose the best adapted plants. But it’s not the only one! Indeed, it is at least as important to use them well. Thus, climbing plants driven on a trellis or on ropes will hang the light while being decorative. Similarly, it is useful to integrate persistent shrubs , such as boxwood or charcoal , into the plant environment. This allows to structure and animate the garden throughout the year.
Nevertheless, plants are not everything! Some landscaping tips can also bring light in a garden in the shade. Among other things, the use of clear materials for the floor is effective to reflect natural light and thus bring more clarity.
It can be light gray or off-white tiles, limestone or white gravel. The latter is then to choose smooth because it will be less messy. This material can also find its place at the foot of plants to bring out.
In the same vein, a white wall literally illuminates a shadow garden. In addition, it is an excellent value for climbers and plants planted at its base. Incorporating bolder hues, such as a rose, an orange or an apple green is also interesting. The keys of white or colors can also easily be brought by pots or pans. This allows to give relief to the garden, with this type of exposure, tends to miss. From this perspective and where possible, the creation of different levels is also an effective way of infusing rhythm.
To give life to a small shaded space, another trick is to create reflective games . Thus, glass or stainless steel have the ability to capture the slightest line of light and to multiply it. In the same spirit, a mirror placed at the back of a massif for example, has no equal to illuminate while visually enlarging the space.
Finally, as for any garden, do not hesitate to integrate sources of decorative light . Whether it’s lamps, beacons, candles, garlands or bright objects, the lighting can create a different atmosphere at night!
Adapting to the constraints of a shady exhibition and playing it, here is the first secret of a successful shade garden . It is also certainly the safest way to not be disappointed!