Woodland Shade Gardens
Before and After Images
Most of this property was full sun and being a shade loving gardener I had to find a place for a woodland shade garden. There was a thick patch of woods with trees being strangled by poison ivy vines, bittersweet vines and grape vines. The ground was covered with weeds and small trees that were removed along with the vines. I am not a fan of Pachysandra so I removed it as well.
Deep shade can be a problem so I took out unnecessary white pine trees and trimmed lower branches of the maple and oak trees. This allowed some brightness to come through and help the plants thrive.
I added a wide variety of shade perennials, annuals, and bulbs Next year as these grow and fill out I will and some flowering shrubs to add to the understory of trees.
I have included before and after photos for your enjoyment however, I had already cleared the area so you will not be able to see the tangled mess of vines when I began.
Next year I will add plants and mulch. Enjoy!
Shade Plant List
Plants for Dry Soil
Euphorbia amygdaloides var.
Lily Turg (Liriope spicata)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis)
Spotted Dead Nettle
Foam Flower - Coral Bells
Lental Rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Plants for Wet Soil
Eastern Hemlock Strawberry-bush
False Soloman Seal
Bill Gassett has great advice on how to stop deer from eating your plants. There is nothing worse when trying to sell your home only to find deer have destroyed your curb appeal!
Paul Sian has some great tips on how to create a better landscape for your new home. Staging your home is just as important as staging your landscape when selling. Learn about different soil types and how trees and shrubs can damage your home.
Sharon Paxson has some great ideas for landscaping a small property. This can be challenging to many but Sharon has some great ideas on going upwards with vines to help create a beautiful outdoor living space,
Kevin Vitali has written a great article on How to Stage your Outdoor Living Areas. Don’t ignore your decks and patios. These areas expand your living space and can really help in the sale of your home.
For more ideas on shade gardening visit Shade Gardens that Inspire!
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