shade gardening

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    Design an Engaging, Naturalistic Garden in the Shade

    Twenty-five years ago when my wife Kathy and I started searching for a new home for our growing family, she focused on all the qualities one looks for in a…

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    Touring a Serene and Immersive Garden Oasis

    When you first arrive at the home of Curtis Steiner, you’re not exactly sure you’ve found the right address. His storybook home sits off the main street, and the entrance…

  • large hostas with pink and blue flowers leading to a brown house
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    Best of the GPOD: Stunning Shade Gardens

    This week we’re going to do something a little different on the GPOD: We’re going to be looking back over the years of gardens we have shared and pull out…

  • climbing hydrangea covering a covered patio
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    Tracy’s Shade Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Tracy Tallman in Southern Ontario. We live on a very shaded country lot. This limits our plant choices considerably. Our repeat favorites include Hosta (Zones 3–9), hellebores…

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    Shade-Loving Shrubs for California

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

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    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Northwest

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

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    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Southern Plains

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

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    Shade-Loving Shrubs for the Mountain West

    Finding interesting plants for shade can be a struggle, but when you add in the desire for that plant to be a woody shrub, the list narrows even more. But…

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    An Artist’s Garden

    Today's photos are from Dede Lifgren. Welcome to my garden in Brewster, New York (Zone 6a). I am an artist and garden lover. Much of my artwork centers around my…

  • 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…