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FutureStarrA Mostly Shade Plants
My neighbor is an artist. He has his back porch and front porch totally covered in plants. For every thing he plants, I think of another less-successful plant that I can replace and make work.Daydreaming of next year's garden? Even if yours is mostly shady, you still can fill it with color. Many pretty plants will do fine under a large shade tree or in flower beds, hanging baskets, and containers throughout your garden. But before planting, pay attention to how much shade you have. Full shade means three hours or less of direct sun, while part shade is three to six hours. Some shade lovers, such as flowering shrubs, bloom best with some sun (preferably in the morning because the hot afternoon sun isn't a friend to shade lovers). And if you're planting shrubs or perennials, which come back every year, make sure they're suited to your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). There's no sense investing in plants that won't have a fighting chance in your garden!
For novice gardeners wondering what the definition of "shade plant" even entails, note that the term simply refers to a plant's tolerance of lower light levels. Perhaps there's an area of your garden surrounded by some leafy trees (this is often the case in lush English gardens), or maybe you're looking for low-growing plants that will be able to flourish beneath the shade of larger plants or privacy trees. Maybe you're just in need of a few hardy perennials to withstand the winter months (we've got a full guide on annuals vs. perennials if you're confused). Either way, it's very easy to choose a shade plant that's right for your region and yard, research how to best take care of it, and get started with our shady backyard ideas as soon as possible. Let's get to planting! Lungwort, Pulmonaria, is named after its mottled leaves, which are supposed to resemble lungs. Different varieties produce different leaf markings, which look their best in mid spring when putting on fresh growth after flowering. They make excellent groundcover plants, especially for shady borders. Funnel-shaped flowers are borne in shades of blue, violet, pink, purple, red and white.
If your garden or backyard is not drenched in sunlight from morning until dusk, you may want to consider yourself lucky — and not just for the cooling effect your shady oasis provides. Gardens with shade also offer magnificent opportunities to get a little more creative when it comes to plant selection. From textural ground covers to lush perennial borders to verdant beds at the base of trees, the best plants for shade boast a surprising range of floral and foliage color and texture.Get that elusive deep blue hue that gardeners crave with drifts of 'Blue Heron' corydalis (Corydalis curviflora var. rosthornii). Red stems contrast prettily with blooms and blue-green leaves. Plants grow 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide. For best results, give 'Blue Heron' a spot in part to full shade with consistently moist soil. Watch for blooms from late spring to midsummer. In cool regions, flowers can appear all summer, although plants may go dormant with hot, dry conditions. Other corydalis varieties offer yellow blooms or gold leaves. Hardy in Zones 6-8. (Source: www.hgtv.com)