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Follow These 8 Steps to Start Your First Shade Gardening With Shade Loving Plants

Shade Gardening


Turn a dry, dark corner into a lush retreat

You love your neighbor's huge trees, that borrowed landscape you treasure as you would your own. But the downside is the trees' shade often means nothing seems to grow on your side of the fence - except opportunistic weeds. But there are plenty of plants that love dry shade, and you can create a mini - shade garden with shade loving plants and that will have your neighbor green with envy.

Gather your supplies

  1. Liquid wetting agent

  2. Organic matter

  3. Shade-loving plants

  4. Bush mulch

You also need

  1. Garden gloves

  2. Leaf rake

  3. Large Garden fork

  4. Watering-can

  5. Soil rake

  6. Shovel

  7. Spade

  8. Buckets

Here Is The 8 Steps To Shade Gardening With Shade Loving Plants.

Steps to shade gardening

STEP 1: Clear away garden litter and weeds. Turn soil with a fork to aerate it and improve soil structure.

STEP 2: Dilute concentrated liquid wetting agent with water in a watering-can and spray on soil.

STEP 3: Spread organic matter over soil.

STEP 4: Give soil a good soak.

STEP 5: Set out plants in an arrangement you like.

STEP 6: Dig holes for plants that are as deep as the pots and twice as wide.

STEP 7: Fill planting holes with water. Put pot plants in buckets of water. When water in holes has drained away, remove plants from pots and plant, placing displaced garden soil around plant growing media and gently but firmly pressing together.

STEP 8: Water, then spread mulch around bed, not getting it too close to plants.


When your garden corner is fully shaded, choose plants that are airy if tall and coloruful if small, and keep things spacious. If everything is dark and dense, you won't to go there.


1. Choose light, colored or variegated foliage to add light to a dark space.

2. Before planting, think about how fast, wide and high the plants will eventually grow.

3. This finished garden may look random, but note the curbed lines of the blechnum and the clusters of cyclamen. These will eventually give the garden a distinctive and sophisticated pattern.

Here is the list of Shade-Loving Plants

Blechnum 'Silver Lady'

1. Blechnum 'Silver Lady'

DESCRIPTION: Also known as dwarf tree fern, this fern is fast growing and features elegant arching fronds.
USE IN: Tropical garden settings as a border or for creating depth using layers in under planting. Suited to containers and indoor gardens.
PLANTING: Plant carefully ensuring the crown of the fern is above the soil line. Will tolerate wet feet. Remove old fronds to keep plants looking fresh and avoid disease. Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks.
CARE: Protect from frost and keep moist during dry periods. Water every second day during dry periods. Ferns thrive in humid conditions. Apply a slow release fertilizer during spring and a liquid based fertiliser every 4 weeks during the warmer months, take care to dilute your solution to half the recommended dose to avoid burn. Re-pot every 2 - 3 years to keep soil fresh and full of nutrients. The best time to pot is in the cooler months when the plant is dormant.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1.2m H x 1m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm including the pot height of 80mm high and 42 mm wide.

Helleborus 'Anna's Red'

2. Helleborus 'Anna's Red'

The Lenten Rose is an easy spring blooming perennial for the shady woodland garden. Plants produce bushy clumps of thick, leathery evergreen leaves. Flower stalks appear in early spring, bearing showy cup-shaped blooms. This strain features single blooms in deep burgundy-red on red stems. The leaves are marbled and have a pink tinge to the marbling as they emerge. Site these where they will stay for many years, since the plants resent being disturbed. Trim the old leaves to the ground in late winter before the buds emerge, to allow the flowers maximum impact. Bred by Rodney Davey and named after plantswoman Anna Pavord. It took twelve years to achieve the goal of breeding a red hellebore with marbled leaves.

Cyclamen spp

3. Cyclamen spp

Cyclamen persicumMill. (Primulaceae) is one of the most important ornamental crops sold worldwide as a pot flower for winter production. Although it is commercially propagatedviaseeds, tissue culture and somatic embryogenesis are important tools in breeding and mass propagation. This review provides an overview of the tissue culture techniques available for the micropropagation of cyclamen. Protocols for regenerationin vitrothrough callus culture and somatic embryogenesis are compared and optimized results are highlighted.

Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'

4. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'

'Mona Lavender' is a quick-growing, herbaceous, perennial shrub reaching up to 0.75 m in height, forming a lovely, rounded, dense bush. It has dark green, glossy leaves with intensely purple undersides and sprays oflavenderflowers dashed with purple markings.

Plectranthus 'Blue Spires'

5. Plectranthus 'Blue Spires'

Derived from the Australia native speciesPlectranthusparviflorus,Blue Spireshas rounded felty green leaves with a creamy white edge and producesspiresof paleblueto violet flowers from spring through autumn. It has a clumping habit growing to around 40cm high x 30cm wide.

Clivia miniata 'Yellow'

6. Clivia miniata 'Yellow'

A clump forming perennial plant with dark green, stroppy leaves. Bears clusters of lemon-yellow funnel form flowers, displayed in an umbel inflorescence which sits above the foliage on stout stems, during Winter/Spring. Suitable for massed under-story and border plantings in shade. Compatible with many garden styles but not suitable for coastal sites. Prefers moist soils enriched with organic matter and with good drainage but will tolerate some poorer soils. Water regularly during the growing season. Will tolerate short periods of drought. Not frost hardy but will endure some cold conditions. Likes morning sun and afternoon shade, or filtered shade beneath deciduous trees. Mulch well and remove old flower stems.

Liriope spp

7. Liriope spp

Liriope spicata is a species of low, herbaceous flowering plant from East Asia. Common names include creeping lily turf, creeping liriope, lily turf, and monkey grass. This perennial has grass-like evergreen foliage and is commonly used in landscaping in temperate climates as ground-cover. Creeping lily turf has white to lavender flowers which produce single-seeded berries on a spike in the fall. It is one of the most popular ground-covers in the southeastern United States and areas with a similar climate.

Acanthus mollis.

8. Acanthus mollis.

Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear's breeches, sea dock, bears foot[citation needed] or oyster plant,[citation needed] is a herbaceous perennial plant with an underground rhizome in the genus Acanthus. It is regarded as an invasive species in some jurisdictions. For centuries, stone or bronze stylized versions of acanthus leaves have appeared as decoration on certain styles of architecture and furniture.

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