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5 Tips on Making a Shade Garden

By Aprille

Shade gardens are a lot of fun to create, due to the very different plants used in them. Plants that love the shade are plentiful. There are a lot that produce tons of colorful blooms and remain dark green well into the fall. Here are 5 tips on making a shade garden. I hope you can use them for your gardening needs.

5 Locate a Nice Shady Spot for Your Garden

If you aren’t positive about where the shadiest parts of your yard actually are, then you might want to spend some time checking out different places for the garden. Go outside at different parts of the day to see where the shadiest parts are located. Not all shade gardens have to be planted under the shade of large trees.

4 Get the Ground Ready before Buying Your Plants

Since the garden is going to be in a shady area, it’s important to have enough time to get everything planted. If you are working on your shade garden in the spring, then you’ll want to make sure to get all the plants in the ground and watered well before the sun goes down. It’s best to plant your new flowers and shade plants as soon as you bring them home.

3 Make Sure the Plants You Purchase Will Thrive in the Shade

Buying a bunch of plants that say ‘full sun or partial shade’ might not work as well as if you purchase plants that say ‘partial or full shade’. Pay attention to the instruction tag that comes with your plants. This will help you determine the best plants for your shade garden.

2 Add Some Garden Lights

Solar powered lights won’t work in a shade garden, since there won’t be enough sunlight to charge the batteries on them. However, there are plenty of garden lights to choose from that have dusk to dawn sensors. These might not work if your garden is in an extremely shady location, but you can add lighting that is controlled by a switch instead.

1 Mulch around Plants to Maintain Moisture and Avoid Weeding

Weeds will still grow in the shade, so why not make things easier on you and add a bit of mulch around your plants. Cypress mulch, sawdust, and even shredded newspaper all work well as mulch.

Out of these 5 tips, do you find one to be more helpful than the others?

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