This past Tuesday, I passed two young gardeners from Winston Flowers working on a shady corner yard on Marlborough Street. I know this corner. It gets mostly dappled sun for about an hour or so a day and then is plunged into deep shade. I asked what they were planting to brighten the yard. Patrick and Jeanine pointed to ferns, liriope and astilbe. These augment the shade loving hostas already planted. Here’s a bit more about these excellent shade garden options:
- Liriope: A widely used and versatile ground cover with attractive evergreen foliage and small flowers that bloom in spring. Also called Monkey Grass.
- Astilbe: easy-to-grow, long-blooming, plume-like flowers in soft shades of white, pink and red. The flowers are on tall stalks. They can light up a shade garden or soften a sunny spot.
- Ferns: These frondy beauties do well in part shade or dappled sunlight. Some do quite well in the sun with enough water. They are easy to maintain and come in hundreds of varieties. Choose from a wide range of colors, sizes, shapes and textures.
As you can see, there are lots of options for a shady space. Just find the right plants and you’ll be successful!