Landscaping shaded areas of the yard challenges many folks. East Texas is blessed with high rainfall and soils that allows trees to grow rapidly and tall, casting cooling shade for the yard. Too often we want the same bright colors that light up the landscape in sunnier spots for the shady, darker areas around the home. Success in gardening in the shade depends on understanding what kind of shade falls on any particular area of the yard, and using a whole new set of plants, focusing on form and texture more than color. Color often comes from foliage rather than flowers.
Hopefully, this section on East Texas Pineywoods Gardening will give you some ideas that you can use in your yard. Be ready to give up the grass!