Shade gets a bad rap, but shade gardens are actually exquisite repositories of an amazing variety of colors, textures, and foliage. We "solve" your shade problems with beautiful flowers, helpful plans, and stylish containers. Start with an old standby: hostas. We give you ideas to help you choose the best varieties for your outdoor spaces. Hosta is one example of a perennial that rewards in shade spaces from year to year; we have other selections that offer color from the warm rays of spring to the cooling daylight in fall. Some annuals love shade and are easy to care for; try a combination of several of our top picks. Surprisingly, some wildflowers flourish in sun-shy spaces; we have photos that will wow you and plants that will love your shade garden. In the heat of summer, shade can be quite welcome. To create your own cool retreat, explore our ideas for a secluded getaway. Is the front or back of your house in shade? Has that prevented you from including window boxes? Use this year to embrace shade-loving window boxes with plant-by-number creations that will brighten your home's facade.
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A Gardener's Guide to Hostas
Hostas come in many sizes, shapes, and colors. From small to tall, this easy plant adds lushness and style.
Container-Garden Recipes for Shade
Brighten shaded patios and porches with these container gardens that are made in the shade.
Create a Shady Retreat
Cool down in your own backyard paradise. Here are 12 ideas that will help you beat the heat.
Easy Recipes for Window Boxes in Shade
Here are 17 plant-by-number ideas for window boxes in shaded spots. Get planting!
Garden Plans for Shady Spots
Add vibrant color to shaded areas in your yard with these easy garden plans.
The Best Perennials for Shade
Amp up the color in the shaded areas of your yard with these stellar shade-loving perennials.
Top Shade-Loving Annuals
Enjoy spring-to-fall color with this selection of colorful shade-loving annuals.
Wildflowers for Shade
Turn hard-to-plant shaded areas of your yard into wildflower gardens. Here are some great options.
Tough Perennials that Grow in Dry Shade
Dry, shaded areas of your yard can be a challenge. Here are tough customers that will flourish.