Planting A Shade Garden
Shade gardens are gardens that are planted in areas that receive very little or no direct sunlight during the daytime. Such areas include the shady sides of a house or building, or under trees. As with various types of sunlight, there are also various types of shade areas; these types include filtered, full, partial or dense. In planning a shade garden, keep in mind that there are several different types of shade plants for different types of shade.
One of the easiest shade gardens to plant and to care for are filtered shade gardens. To allow additional light to your shade garden, just prune your trees by taking off the lower branches. Filtered shade gardens allow additional light in the garden as well as providing the shade. Thinning out the bottom saplings them from growing into your garden. Also called dappled sunlight, filtered shade is also suitable for growing many types of plants. You should also dig out any underbrush and thorny bushes before you start your garden.
After you prune your trees and dig out the underbrush, you need to concentrate on the soil. To make a fine garden bed that will hold your shade plants, you want to add more soil as well as compost, organic materials, manure as well as other types of nutrients. It is also important not to disturb the roots of the trees that you will plant under because disturbed roots will cause damage or death to the tree. The best situation for your plants in a shade garden would be to work with the soil and add needed materials so it will measure 6 inches deep.
When planting your shade garden, be sure that you mulch around your plants so that they will be able to hold the water in the soil. It is also a good time to plant your shade garden in the springtime or the fall. When planted in the springtime when the weather is cooler and the rainfall has increased, the roots of the plants will have will have a chance to establish themselves; thus preparing the plants for the summertime. If planted in the fall, your soil will remain warm and will promote rapid root growth and prepare the plants for the winter ahead. After you plant your first shade plants, be sure to water them every few days to the roots will take hold. To bring color and texture to your garden, use a combination of bulbs, perennials and annuals.
With the right plants and the proper care, your shade garden will provide you with a lovely cool patch and a place to escape the heat on a hot summer day.