Creating a beautiful garden where the whole area is not lit by the sun during the day can prove to be an enviable achievement that many flower lovers would be proud of. Such a garden with well combined flowers and plants would be really unusual, something different, but it is no less attractive than the bright, sunny garden. It is important that you select from the wide variety of shade-resistant plants those that will develop well in your specific soil and climatic conditions. Much here depends on the properties of the soil, and also on whether the shadow falls directly on the gate or the building (s). Last but not least, the taste of the garden owner is decisive, whether they prefer ground cover, would like to have compact or tall flowers, like annual or perennial plants or would actually like a lot of flowering and color in the garden.
Shade-loving flowers and plants – the ferns
The list of shadow lovers flowers and plants is really long, but today let’s turn our attention to the ferns first. They are sure to bring romance and elegance to your garden. In the nearby garden center you can find dozens of species of ferns that will fascinate any flower lover with their unique foliage. Your fern plants can be a great background for the beautiful hostas, also known as heart petals. These flowers are famous as the queen of the shady gardens. This wonderful plant is native to East Asia. The hosta produce many spirally arranged leaves with long petioles. In July and August between the leaves you can see beautiful white, blue to purple flowers that fill the air with their wonderful aroma.
Shade-loving flowers and plants in summer – the Japanese floor primrose
In midsummer a rare flower brings light and elegance to your shady garden, this is called Primula japonica or the Japanese floor primrose. It blooms later than the other spring flowers, but its leaves stay fresh and beautiful for a very long time, actually until they fall out.
Weeds or nice addition to the garden – the ground elder
There is a plant that is despised as an “annoying” weed, it actually thrives particularly well in the shade. This is known in herbalism as Aegopodium podagraria (ground elder). Giersch was still known as a medicinal plant in the Middle Ages. Its variegated leaves allow you to create an unexpected effect of colors and nuances in the garden.
The Caucasus forget-me-not blooms in April
Brunnera, or the Caucasus forget-me-not, blooms for about a month, in April or May, and if autumn is quite warm, it is possible that it will have new bloom time in October as well. During the other months, however, its beautiful leaves set a bright accent in the shade of your garden landscape.
The periwinkle, also known as Vinca, can briefly cover the ground under the trees with a thick green carpet of dense foliage that stays green even in winter. In May and June, small purple flowers come out and make the picture even more beautiful.
Columbines require partial shade
Here we don’t want to forget the impressive columbines (Aquilegia). However, they require partial shade, thrive really well in very shady places, otherwise they lose their decorative effect. The anemones (anemones) grow under the trees and add a lot of tenderness and grace to your garden. And of course we want to mention the enchanting lilies of the valley, which make every garden attractive. They also fill the air around with an irresistible aroma!
The green plants and flowers described here can by no means exhaust the long list of shade-loving plant species. They are just a few examples of how you can bring beauty and elegance to your garden with these types of green plants and flowers. The use of the shade-loving plant species also has an ecological aspect. Fallen leaves are usually not collected, they decompose naturally, which on the one hand contributes to the authentic look of the garden, but also ensures the maintenance of the biological balance. In this way, without our help and interference, the plants receive valuable nutrients and the soil moisture is stored longer.
Lawn in the shade
If you liked the ideas in today’s post and you want to use some of them in your own garden, we can give you one last little tip: When creating a shady garden, the right thing to do is inspiration of nature. That is why we advise you to go for walks in the forest more often, there are enough ideas on how to recreate the beauty of nature around your own house.
So, if your garden landscape isn’t getting a lot of sunlight, please don’t despair! There are many ways to create an extraordinary landscape using one of the ideas described above as inspiration. In your shady garden you will not have bright colors, the muted pastel tones prevail here. The eternal play of light and shadow on the green lawn is also interesting. The most important thing is that nature itself constantly surprises us and always fascinates us anew.
Design garden – stone wall
Create a garden in the shade