If you’re like most homeowners, your property likely has a mix of sun and shade, allowing you a breadth of options for plantings. But what about those spots that never see the sun? They might be in tight corners where sunlight is blocked by your log or timber home itself, or if your house is in the forest, they could be beneath the trees, if there’s a significant canopy.
Happily, you don’t need to fill those areas with mulch and move on. We offer a selection of tried-and-true plants that thrive in cool, shady areas and will enliven even the darkest nooks and crannies.
A common misconception about shaded areas is that flowered plants will wither away, but lungwort proves that’s not true. These delicate blossoms with the off-putting name erupt into a range of colors — sometimes with different hues on the same plant — and its silvery leaves are eye-catching in their own right. Other flowering varieties that do well with guarded sunlight are impatiens, hydrangeas and calendula.
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Like other parts of a home’s landscape, hardscape features like a small walkway; a birdbath; benches and hammocks; and trellises with shade-loving ivy will transform a seldom-used spot into a sought-after destination. Also, since it’s always darker in the shade no matter the time of day, adding strategic lighting
in the form of small lanterns along a walkway or path can be especially striking and extend its use from day into night.
Take these tips to heart and you just might find yourself cultivating the perfect little out-of-the-sun retreat.