Why shade gardening?
Often times those shady spots in your garden are neglected, unnoticed, or even cause anger by homeowners, looking to plant their favorite flowers that just won’t grow without plenty of sunshine. But there’s no reason to cut down your beautiful maple tree, or completely pave in that section of your yard that’s shaded by your house the entire day. Veteran garden editor and designer Luke Miller says that he sometimes prefers shade gardening to sunny spaces. “Shade gardening is overlooked by many homeowners, sometimes even by avid gardeners. Let’s face it, there are many more opportunities for colorful flowers in a sun-loving garden. But here’s the rub: shade gardens can be quite attractive themselves. And they almost always take less maintenance, watering and fertilizing than sunny gardens. Most people would say that’s a good thing.”
Lily of the Valley
Shade flowers like these tiny white petals will even better without too much sun. The lily of the valley flowers emit an enchanting fragrance in late spring and early summer and will brighten up those shady dark corners of your yard. “Lily of the valley is a perfume factory,” Miller adds. “Not to mention the bell-shaped flowers are adorable.”