Add Lushness to Your Landscape with This Bold Shade Garden Plan
Enjoy beautiful color from spring into fall, thanks to foliage and flowers that don't need a lot of sun.
Contrasting colors and textures come together in this bold shade garden plan to create an eye-catching display that will look lush for most of the year. The design features a graceful river birch as a centerpiece, surrounded by concentric rings of easy-care shade plants in mostly cool tones of blue, green, and purple. Azaleas with warm red spring blooms fill the innermost circle. The fronds of Japanese painted ferns and sensitive ferns add delicate texture and help to vary the height of the bed's layers. The birch's canopy will provide just the right amount of shelter for the plants below.
Plants for Creating the Bold Shade Garden Plan
- 1 Heritage river birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’): Zones 4-9
- 5 Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Mandarin Lights’): Zones 4-8
- 4 Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis): Zones 4-9
- 20 Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’): Zones 5-8
- 36 Woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata): Zones 4-8
- 70 Siberian squill (Scilla siberica): Zones 3-8
If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.
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