Shade gardening

Plan this summer to turn the shady part of your lawn into a favorite garden retreat. 

Shade that comes from deciduous trees means sunlight in the spring--include spring bulbs that blossom in the early season sun.

A gazebo provides a shady retreat

On a hot day in July it will provide you with a pleasant place out of the sun to tend to the garden or just relax with family and friends.

Plants for shade
Andrew Mikolajski.
New York : DK Publishing, c2007.
Includes index.
Shade : ideas and inspirtion for shady gardens
Keith Wiley.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2007.
Every garden has some shade #8212; some gardens are even completely shaded #8212; and gardeners tend to see shade as a problem. Questions about what to plant in shady parts of the garden are among the most frequest posed in gardening magazines, radio phone-ins, and online discussions. In this innovative book, award-winning gardening expert Keith Wiley turns all the familiar preconceptions on their heads by presenting garden shade in a positive light. Wiley first discusses shade #8212; from dappled and partial to full and dense #8212; in different situations and in every size and type of garden. He then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, showing how to use them with companions to create striking designs. He also looks at the practicalities of preparing, planting, and maintaining a shade garden. Complete with a directory of shade-loving plants, "Shade" shows you how to turn shady areas into highlights in your garden.
Success with shade-loving plants
Graham Clarke.
Lewes : Guild of Master Craftsman, 2007.
Many gardeners are cautious of the darker areas of their gardens, either choosing to ignore them or attempting to grow unsuitable plants there with vague hopes of success. This helpful and attractive new title encourages us to make the most of and celebrate our low-light patches, filling them with shade-tolerant plants that will thrive and look fantastic. Whether your shade is dry or damp, partial or full, this practical advice will ensure you plant wisely.

Spend time now planning for the garden.

  • Consider the types of soil in the garden area.  Soil preparation is one key to a successful shade garden.
  • Look at the types of shade in your yard.  Does it come from your home, other buildings, or surrounding trees?
  • Get plans to construct unique pathways, fences, gazebos, and furniture in styles ranging from natural to formal.
  • Browse through local and online garden centers and catalogs to help select plants with various colors and textures.
  • Design a garden using your favorite colors a serene garden of green and white, a vibrant one with amber and purple foliage or one that reflects the sky with blue and white.

Begin today to create a plant-filled wonderland in that shady part of your yard.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff