shade gardening

  • With proper plant choice, natives and nonnatives can mix seamlessly. Sedges, hardy begonia, and conifers along the side of the house mingle with native evergreens to create a tapestry of color and texture.
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    Key Concepts for Designing a Garden Within the Woods

    The garden pockets in this landscape were carved out from the surrounding woods and built to bridge the gap between the cultivated spaces and the wild area. Your native surroundings…

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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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    Easy-to-Grow Ferns for Northern California

    Ferns are among the most beautiful foliage plants you can grow. With lush, handsome, beautifully textured foliage, and fabulous forms and colors, ferns are useful in the shaded landscape in…

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    Learning to Embrace Shade in the Garden

    When you have lived at a property for nearly 50 years, you are bound to see your landscape go through some changes. Linda Skyler is no stranger to this reality,…

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    Gardening Up North

    Today we're visiting Chris Cloutier's garden in northern Michigan. I have been gardening for almost 50 years. I started with indoor plants—lots and lots of them in a very small…

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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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    Beat the Heat with Shade-Tolerant Herbs and Veggies in the Southern Plains

    Growing cool-season crops in the Southern Plains can be tricky. Spring plantings often bolt (go to flower) from the heat before crops mature, while fall plantings are difficult to establish…

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    Low-Growing, Evergreen Shrubs for Dry Shade in the Mountain West

    One of the most challenging areas to landscape is dry shade. Whether under the canopy of trees or the north side of your home, the number of plants that will…

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    A Deer-Proof Garden Design for Dry Shade – Plant IDs

    I live in a modern house perched on a coastal bluff and surrounded by Douglas firs and western red cedars (Thuja plicata, Zones 5–7) that are over one hundred years…

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    Native Spring Ephemerals for the Mid-Atlantic

    As the ground thaws in the Mid-Atlantic, a group of native flowering plants has a short but sweet time to shine. Spring ephemerals welcome the warmer weather and longer days…