plants for shade

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    Designing a Garden in the Woods

    Creating a garden in shade can be tough enough, but when you’re attempting to carve a garden out of a densely wooded lot, the challenges are multiplied. Most gardeners want…

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    6 Great Plants That Tolerate Both Full-Sun and Shade Conditions

    When designing a garden, I am often looking for plant material that tolerates both full-sun and shade conditions. Perhaps the garden bed includes a young tree that currently provides very…

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    Return to the Fern Fairway

    GPOD regular Cherry Ong (Cherry's Containers Day 1 and A Clean Slate Transformed) is inviting us back to her garden in Richmond, British Columbia. It is a bit cold here…

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    Regional Picks: Bold Plants for Shade

    Finding plants that flourish in the shade isn't the challenge. Anyone can find a flock of ferns or a herd of hostas to turn their shade garden into a green…

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    How to Design a Colorful Shade Garden – Plant IDs

    The plants teach me what they can do, and I try my best to help them reach their full potential. I have grown to love the shade, and I can’t…

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    3 Ways To Use Silver to Brighten Your Shade Garden

    In the shade, where foliage often trumps blossoms, it is important to take into account the size, shape, color, and texture of leaves and how they relate to each other.…

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    Drought-Tolerant Shade Perennials for Northern California

    Dry-shade gardening might sound like a challenging proposition, but there's an outstanding array of choices available to water-wise gardeners looking to add perennial color and textural diversity to shadier spots…

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    A True Blue Beauty for Shade

    It’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but this little charmer will soon have you calling it “Wulfy, my little Liebchen.” The genus Wulfenia is in the Plantaginaceae family,…

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    Stephanie’s Moss Garden

    My name is Stephanie Weisser. I live in Buckingham, Pennsylvania, Zone 6b. My husband, Michael, and I have been gardening for almost 40 years. The plants are my purview, and…

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    Plants That Shine in the Shade

    Throughout my horticultural life, I have gardened almost exclusively in the shade. While the cool, shady areas have provided me with the opportunity to grow some of my favorite genera,…