Shade Gardens

Those gardens planted and developed in locations with little or no direct sunlight in the day hours, either under trees or on the shady parts of the buildings are called shade gardens. Shade gardening are faced with a few challenges because only few plants are able to survive in shady conditions.

In addition to lack of sunlight, shade gardens, under huge trees also have very dry soils because the trees take up much of the available water.

There are several species of flowers that can be cultivated and bloomed into some of the most beautiful flowers. Not every flower can survive in a shaded condition.

Types of Shade Gardens

Light Shade

Shade Garden

It is an area where the sun moves across the sky and the shade moves along with it. These parts get a lot of light in frequent intervals in the entire day.  Some full-sun plants do well under these conditions, and based on the location and climate, they may in fact appreciate the frequent relief from the hot sun.  

Open Shade

These shades can be found on the northern side of a house, or beneath an open-ended covered porch. Several plants can be cultivated under these conditions, but full-sun lovers may not survive here.  

Medium Shade

It is witnessed under decks and in northern-facing parts having a structure or tree blocking the direct sunlight.  This is found where the separating line actually begins between full-sun and full-shade plants.  

Deep Shade

Deep shade gardens are easy to witness.  It's that part in the backyard that gets permanently no light at all, because of the structures or thick hedging.  The plant selection gets much more restricted when exposed to deep shade, but there are still sufficient available options to make it an elegant, cool, and welcoming space for living.

Factors to Consider in Shade Gardening 

The soil is major concern. Most flowers will survive in the shade in the leaf litter from trees. Ground messed up with leaves may mat the floor of the garden enabling it tough for the flowers to bloom up into the sun light.

Slow release of fertilizer to the soil can catapult the health and well being of the plants.


Water is also a prominent aspect of any gardening. If the soil becomes dry, it must be irrigated properly for moisture up to the roots of the plants.

There are several flowers to select from which would be great in a shade garden, based on the climate where the garden is located. Some may wish to get shade gardens that have partial shade, while others may be comfortable with a shadier space. The multiple types of shaded areas can influence the flowers planted immensely. There can be dry shade, wet shade or even moist shade. Dry shade is generally where there are roots to vie with. Wet or moist soil needs plants that can go well with that environment.

Keeping in view the above factors you can plan your shade gardens.