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The Perfect Mix of Shade Garden Plants for Your Landscape

February 8th, 2014

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.



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.



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.



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.


Shop for Shade Loving Plants at Greenwood Nursery.

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An Actionable Garden To-Do List for Spring That Works for Your Schedule

February 6th, 2014

We’ve broken down these spring chores into your own actionable Garden To-Do List for spring that will work for your schedule. You will also find Time Saver tips to keep your work in the yard to a minimum.


Week 1:

  • Prune trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses (Time Saver: lay a tarp underneath the plant your working on and drag it with you as you move from plant to plant – prevents having to rake up branches and twigs)


Week 2:

  • Pull out all dead plants, old bedding plants and weeds (Time Saver: pull along a large trash can to toss in all these dead plants and weeds – dump in compost, burn or throw away)


Week 3:

  • Rake garden and landscaped areas to gather up remaining parts of non-decayed leaves trapped around plants, break up the top soil, and pull up any missed dead plants (Time Saver: use a leaf rake with the long bendable tines and tarp for tidy collections)


Week 4:

  • Put a new layer of mulch down around plants and empty areas in your garden and landscape (Time Saver: the tarp will hold more mulch than a wheelbarrow and easy to drag along allowing you to transfer to the garden – if you don’t have a shovel scoop to transfer, use a small garbage can without a rimmed top to scoop up the mulch)


Week 5:


Week 6:

  • You’re ready to begin enjoying your outdoor areas and appreciate a job well done!
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