Category: Shade Gardening

Plants Feel Heat

Hot weather brings thoughts of avoiding the heat and special care for gardens and landscape plants. You earn double rewards whenever special attention is given to protecting plants. They will do far better and you save on water. Water conservation is becoming an ever more pressing need with Texas Cooperative Extension promoting good uses of … […]

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Renovating A Shade Garden

Purchasing an older home in an established neighborhood presents many challenges not the least of which is the garden. Many times the garden is overgrown or neglected, trees have matured creating a dense canopy, and the original landscape may have been altered and downsized by additions to the main house. You may have one or … […]

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Shade Under Trees

My front yard in northeast Georgia was located at the end of a cul d’sac and surrounded by very tall pine trees. It was a small yard with the majority of the property in back of the house. The developer of the neighborhood believed in leaving as many original trees as possible. In the middle … […]

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Woodland Garden

The woodland garden has a more relaxed, casual, carefree look than some other garden styles. The best way to create a lovely woodland garden is to strategically place shade-tolerant plants in a cleared area. First, remove all trash, poison oak and ivy, unwanted saplings, and underbrush. Make a nice walking path, if needed, with stepping … […]

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Shade Borders

Do you have lots of shade in your yard? Use liriope (Liriope muscari) or monkey/Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus) for borders, ground covers, or as an accent. Liriope and monkey/mondo grass do well in most light exposures, but do not seem to like full afternoon sun. They do well in other parts of the landscape, especially … […]

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Moss

LANDSCAPE WITH MOSS Some plants have the audacity to sneak into our gardens and yards when they have not been invited. What about those peculiar plants that appear in our shady places where grass and/or plants have trouble growing? I am speaking of mosses. Mosses are primitive plants in the Bryophyte division, which have no … […]

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Shade Gardens

SHADE GARDENS A shade garden can be full of color and brightness even though there is no bright sun on it. To plan a shade garden, you need to understand the three kinds of shade-light shade, dappled shade, and full shade. First, you must determine where these three kinds of shade are in the summer, … […]

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