Designing a Garden in Limited and Unusual Spaces
Fix.com has created this awesome infographic to teach you how to design a garden that works for any kind of space, whether it gets a lot of sun, a lot of shade, is bog-like, or a hillside. These kinds of spaces can be quite challenging but if you carefully create a plan and follow this guide you can easily design a beautiful garden in any kind of space.
Tips for Shady Gardens
Shady and low-light garden areas are often underutilized or completely ignored. It’s a shame because shade-lovers are perfectly lovely and often some of the easiest plants to grow.
- A common misconception with shade gardening is that the plant choices are severely limited. I wholeheartedly disagree. Whether you have dappled sunlight or all-day shade, there’s a plant that’ll dig that spot. Dappled light is the perfect scenario for a woodland- or tropical-style garden. Plus, the dog days of summer are cooler in a shade garden.
- Look for shade-loving plants that have variegated leaves (white or cream along the leaf edges) such as lungwort, nettle, and coleus. They will brighten dark areas by reflecting any light that comes their way.
- When it comes to shade plants, it’s often the leaves that steal the show. But did you know that you can have your leaves and flowers, too? Bleeding heart, impatiens, and cyclamen all blossom where the sun doesn’t shine.