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Garden with a Winner!™

There is still hope for shaded areas to be a beautiful space. It takes some planning but is worth the effort when the work and worry are out of the way. Pick some full foliage plants, shade-loving perennials, and select few shrubs, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful spring, summer and fall.

  • Add some nutritious soil to the area before planting anything.
  • Avoid damaging tree roots.
  • Add height and organization with shrubs.
  • In an area where nothing grows, consider creating a path.
  • Experiment with different plants and colors.
  • Pick plants that offer different textures.
  • Try ground covers, they expand and can form a nice flooring.
  • Don’t be too eager to rake out the garden, leaves break down and contribute nutrients to the soil.
  • Resist the urge to use too much fertilizer or overwater.
  • Mulching will keep the workload light, retaining moisture and minimizing weeds.

Medallion plants that can help you out

  • Rhododendrons
  • Perennial Ferns
  • Cyclamen
  • Hydrangeas
  • Moss
  • Bleeding Heart Dicentra
  • Sempervivum
  • Ninebark
  • Hostas
  • Heuchera
  • Phlox
  • Astilbe