Shady places offer a surprising number of possibilities in terms of design. Nevertheless, they are often treated somewhat stepmotherly. We provide three bedding ideas that make shade bloom.
Shady spots in the garden are multi-faceted, pleasantly tempered, migrate with the course of the day, and add depth to the garden. However, not all shade is the same – there are subtle differences that not only affect how we feel but are also important when choosing appropriate plants.
Partial shade or scattered shade refers to areas that only enjoy direct sunlight for a few hours a day – no more than four to five. Plants such as daisy, starflower, or fern cope wonderfully with the ever-changing light and shade, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity. But many perennials that love the sun also thrive in partial shade, such as candle knotweed or China meadow rue.
Idea 1: Warm Tones In Partial Shade
The feathery leaves of native 1) Wood Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) frame 2) Wax Bell (Kirengeshoma palmata) with its maple-shaped foliage and delicate yellow flowers. A colorful addition is the 3) cup bell (Adenophora hybrid ‘Amethyst’) with violet-blue bellflowers. The 4) Lily vine (Liriope muscari) delights with its grass-like appearance. It blooms from August through October. With its distinctive, candle-like inflorescences, this evergreen perennial is a beautiful sight. It’s matched by orange-yellow 5) woodland false poppy (Meconopsis cambrica ‘Aurantiaca’), which really comes into its own in the cool shade.
On the other hand, full shade, as found on the north side of tall buildings and under dense evergreen woody plants, is extremely poor in sunlight. Only specialists such as evergreens (Vinca) or ivy still thrive here without any problems, and the species selection is much smaller.
From a design point of view, shade gardens can be clearly structured and straightforwardly laid out, but they can also appear mysterious and quaint. The style should depend on local conditions: Under large deciduous shrubs, forest-like underplanting suits, while areas in artificial building shade or courtyards argue for a formal, linear style. Light-breaking shade from deciduous trees is felt more pleasantly than cast shade. That’s why semi-shaded east-facing spots with morning sun, for example, are ideal for breakfast terraces.
Idea 2: Green-white elegance at the edge of the grove
In this proposal, high and low varieties are modeled on the tier principle of the forest. Tall and stately towers the:
- White Mountain Monkshood (Aconitum napellus), which blooms from July to August. The large foliage of the
- Chestnut-leaved show leaf (Rodgersia aesculifolia) is fascinating. Contrasting beautifully is
- Chinese meadow rue (Thalictrum delavayi ‘Album’), an elegant perennial with airy clouds of flowers that can also be used for bouquets. Even from a distance, the white flower balls of the
- Farmer’s Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) shine. Extremely robust is the
- worm fern (Dryopteris filix-mas). The border is brightened by the 6) white-edged funkie (Hosta hybrid ‘Patriot’) with broad-oval, white-patterned leaves.
Numerous shade artists such as ivy flower (Epimedium), show leaf (Rodgersia), hosta (Hosta), and showy spirea (Astilbe) originated in Asia and are also very comfortable in our latitudes. The spectrum of the shade bloomers is clearly smaller than that of the sun-loving splendor perennials, but they trump with varied leaf and growth forms, with which attractive garden pictures develop.
Idea 3: Strong colors in the shady raised bed
Tone-on-tone combinations for partial shade create a harmonious overall look. In midsummer, the pink flower candles of 1) Candle Knotweed (Polygonum amplexicaule ‘Anna’) appear. Equally delicate is 2) Sloping Sedge (Carex pendula), a wintergreen ornamental grass with attractive, arching overhanging culms. Dark purple flower heads adorn the 3) Red Starthistle (Astrantia major ‘Abbey Road’) in June and July. Adding color is the dark red-leaved 4) Purple Bellflower (Heuchera hybrid ‘Obsidian’). A reliable groundcover is 5) Cranesbill (Geranium hybrid ‘Sue Crug’), which boasts a long blooming period from July to September and delights with pinkish-purple flowers.
Tiered plantings provide natural flair. Interspersed flowering perennials such as starthistle (Astrantia) and silver primrose (Cimicifuga) break up wonderfully between compact leafy ornamental perennials such as shield leaf (Darmera) or leafy mallow (Rodgersia). Exciting contrasts are also created with ornamental grasses and ferns as delicate counterparts next to large foliage plants.
White foliage and flowers act as “brighteners” in shady corners. Pastel shades of light blue, pink and lilac also come out beautifully in the subdued light. Low-maintenance, overgrown shade beds are easy to care for anyway, as their dense growth prevents weeds from growing up and evaporates less water than plants in sunny locations.
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