Create a Colorful Flower Bed Around a Tree with This Small-Space Shade Garden Plan

Compact, shade-loving plants such as astilbe, hosta, and begonias will provide three seasons of blooms.

Tired of looking at a bare spot beneath a tree's canopy and wishing you could give it a makeover? Or maybe you'd like to maximize the color in every square-inch of your yard, even that boring shady nook you don't know what to do with. Then give this small-space shade garden plan a try. The design features reliable shade perennials such as hosta, astilbe, and foamflower that offer both colorful flowers and lush foliage. Add in a few landscaping stones to give the bed a naturalistic look, and fill in around them with low-growing wax begonias and a few autumn crocus to ensure continuous blooms from spring until frost.

Small-Space Shade Garden Plan illustration
Illustration by Mavis Augustine Torke

Plants for Creating the Small-Space Shade Garden Plan

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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The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated version of the planted garden, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all garden plans, available as printable PDFs.

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