Tuesday, February 20, 2018

12 Aug

5 Steps to a Stunning Shady Garden…

Co-ordinate golden highlights with cream foliage. This will bring a sophisticated shimmer to your shady space.

Our usual reaction when tackling a shady area in our gardens is to carry on as we always have and create a display of sun-loving plants with our fingers crossed in hope that they will bloom. Planting in a shady area may be daunting but it’s better to persevere and make the most of it.

There are benefits to planting in a shady space. Just think about all the plants that you can grow in your shady garden that others with sunny gardens cannot.

Shady areas need to be carefully thought out, but if you get the landscaping right, the garden will be a brilliant success. Follow our simple 5 step guide to make the most of your shady space…

1. Brighter is better, but this doesn’t mean you should go for a garish rainbow of colours. Co-ordinate golden highlights with cream foliage. This will bring a sophisticated shimmer to your shady space.

2. Use texture to add architectual elegance to your garden. The more contrasting textures you incorporate, the more full and lucious your garden will look. Cordylines, Hostas and Ferns are all structural plants with a range of textures, watch them flourish in your shady space.

For maximum impact add pale pebbles to the bottom of your water feature

3. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect! Use water to add light and movement to your shady garden. During the day your water feature will reflect the blue sky, add lights so it can shine even at night. For maximum impact add pale pebbles to the bottom of your water feature.

4. Shade may be caused by an overgrown tree or hedge. This is easily rectified,  raise the canopy of your tree or prune your hedges to let the light flow through.

5. Don’t be scared to add a dash of colour. Paint the surrounding walls, fences and sheds with a pale pastel colour that will bring out the best in your plants. Or, alternatively create a ‘feature wall’ in your garden by painting it with a bright colour, like purple or terrocotta. This will be an interesting, eye catching back drop.

Have you got a brilliant shady display you want to share with us? Post your garden photographs on our Facebook wall here!


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