shade garden ideas

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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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    A Deer-Proof Garden Design for Dry Shade

    There aren’t many properties left that still have massive, native evergreen trees. Sometimes, however, you find a home built among the giants. These homes capture the essence of the forest…

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    Anatomy of a Dry-Shade Planting

    A. Understory trees and shrubs provide screening without blocking light The lovely, light green Japanese maples underneath a towering Douglas fir provide filtered screening to the house without obscuring it…

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    Brighten That Shady Spot in Your Southern Garden

    When designing in shade, many gardeners use too much green foliage without enough color. We recently faced a landscape challenge of designing a foundation planting for a shady spot in…

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    Ideas to Spruce Up Your Shade

    Two of the ways gardens often come together are by trial and error and by chance. If you ask Barbara Weissman about the garden she and her husband, Fred, have…