Shady places in the garden: 3 ideas for replanting

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Shady places in the garden are multi-faceted, pleasantly tempered, walk with the course of the day and give the garden a depth effect. However, shadow is not the same shade - there are subtle differences that not only affect our senses, but are also important in selecting suitable plants.

Partial shade or diffusion shade refers to areas that enjoy direct sunlight for just a few hours a day - no more than four to five. With the ever-changing light and shadow plays, the cooler temperatures and the higher air humidity, plants such as pops, star thongs or ferns get along wonderfully. But many shrubs that love the sun, thrive in partial shade such as candle knotweed or China meadow rue.

Beet Idea 1: Warm tones in partial shade

Beet idea for partial shade

Plant idea for a bed in partial shade

The pinnate leaves of the native 1) Forest female ferns (Athyrium filix femina) frame the 2) Wax bell (Kirengeshoma palmata) with its maple-shaped foliage and delicate yellow flowers. A colorful addition is the 3) Cup bell (Adenophora hybrid 'Amethyst') with violet-blue bell blossoms. The 4) Lily grape (Liriope muscari) delights with its grassy appearance. It blooms from August until October. With its striking, candle-like inflorescences, the winter-green perennial is a beautiful sight. This fits orange yellow 5) Forest poppy (Meconopsis cambrica 'Aurantiaca'), which unfolds only in the cool shade.
On the other hand, the full shade, as found on the north side of tall buildings and under densely growing evergreen trees, is extremely sun-poor. Only specialists such as evergreen (Vinca) or ivy thrive here without problems and the species selection is much lower.

From a design point of view, shadow gardens can be clearly structured and laid out in a straight line, but may also seem mysterious and primeval. The style should be based on the local conditions: Under large deciduous trees fits a forest-like planting, while areas in the artificial building shadows or in courtyards for a formal, straightforward style speak. Broken shade of deciduous trees is more pleasant than drop shadow. That's why half shady places in east facing with morning sun, for example, ideal for the breakfast terrace.

Beet-Idee 2: Green-white elegance at the edge of the wood

Design idea for a bed on the edge of the wood

Design idea for a bed on the edge of the wood

In this proposal, high and low varieties are modeled on the floor principle of the forest. Big and handsome stands out 1) White Mountain Monkshood (Aconitum napellus) blooming from July to August. Fascinating is the big foliage of the 2) Chestnut-leaved leaves (Rodgersia aesculifolia). A nice contrast to this is the 3) China meadow rue (Thalictrum delavayi 'Album'), an elegant perennial with airy blossom clouds that can also be used for bouquets. Even from a distance, the white flower balls of the 4) Peasant Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla). Extremely robust is the 5) Worm fern (Dryopteris filix-mas). The Beetrand is by the 6) White-banded Funkie (Hosta hybrid 'Patriot') brightened with wide-oval, white-lined leaves.
Numerous shadow artists such as Elven flower (Epimedium), record sheet (Rodgersia), funkie (Hosta) and popsails (Astilbe) come from Asia and feel very well in our latitudes. The spectrum of shade blooms is indeed much smaller than that of the sun-loving magnificent perennials, but they come up trumps with varied leaf and growth habit, with which appealing garden pictures emerge.

Beet Idea 3: Powerful colors in the shady raised bed

Design idea for a raised bed in the shade

Design idea for a raised bed in the shade

Tone-in-tone combinations for the penumbra result in a harmonious overall picture. In midsummer, the pink flower candles of the 1) Candle Knotweed (Polygonum amplexicaule 'Anna'). Equally delicate is the 2) Hanging sedge (Carex pendula), a wintergreen ornamental grass with attractive, arched overhanging stalks. Dark purple flower heads adorn those 3) Red star thongs (Astrantia major 'Abbey Road') in June and July. Color brings into play the dark red leafy 4) Purple bells (Heuchera hybrids 'Obsidian'). A reliable ground cover is the 5) Cranesbill (Geranium hybrid 'Sue Crug'), which boasts a long flowering period from July to September and thrills with pink-violet flowers.
The natural flair is provided by tiered plantings. Scattered flowering perennials such as star thorns (Astrantia) and silver candles (Cimicifuga) loosen up wonderfully between compact foliage perennials such as Schildblatt (Darmera) or Schaublatt (Rodgersia). Exciting contrasts also arise with ornamental grasses and ferns as filigree opponents alongside large-scale leaf plants.White leaf drawings and flowers appear in shady corners like "brighteners". Even pastel shades in light blue, pink and lilac are very well presented in the dim light. Inhabited shade beds are easy to care anyway, because their dense vegetation prevents the emergence of weeds and evaporates less water than the plants in sunny locations.

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