A garden in your front yard is a wonderful way to make your property look more attractive. A well maintained garden can increase the curb appeal of your home and set it apart from the rest of the neighborhood. But what do you do if you have a garden that does not receive adequate sunlight and it is lined with big trees.
Before we discuss garden plan for partial shade, it is important to understand what partial shade is. When an area of the garden receives 3-4 hours of the sun in the morning or late afternoon, it is referred to as an area that receives partial shade.
The best plan of action in designing a garden that receives partial shade is to opt for annuals or hardy perennial plants that can thrive in partial shade. These type of plants are found in most nurseries, although you need to be knowledgeable about the kind of partial shade plants that you would prefer to plant.
Planning a Partial Shade Garden
To plan a partial shade garden, first you need to prepare a layout. Once you have a layout ready, you need to ensure if this will work for your garden. Sometimes we make ambitious plans for landscaping a garden but it does not translate into what we envisioned due to lack of space. Given are some important aspects of planning a partial shade garden.
Decide on a Layout
One of the most important aspect in planning a partial shade garden is the layout of the garden. Avoid over formal layout for the garden as a natural meandering appearance looks more attractive in case of a shade garden.
Partial shade garden layouts that also incorporate the big trees that grows in the area, works well too. While designing a shade garden layout, it is best that you work with the natural slope of your property.
A 10 by 12 feet garden layout is big enough to allow you to come up with a great design but small enough for you to take care of the plants and flowers. The garden plan size for partial shade should be such that it appears proportional to the height and scale of the house.
Some best shade loving plants are red twig dogwood, impatiens, hydrangea and periwinkle. You can also choose Japanese pieris, fuchsia and ligularia. Another no-fail shade loving plant is hostas that comes in many colors and textures which makes it ideal to grow in a garden that gets partial sunlight.
A bird bath or a water fountain makes a wonderful addition to the garden. Plant a lovely flower bed or mid height bushes around the water feature to give the garden more pizazz. A small wooden bench and split rail fence can also be incorporated into the garden to add accent to the partial shade garden.