Design of a garden in the shade, or shady cottage area
She gives a welcome coolness; without legs, moves around the garden, giving it depth and mystery. The mysterious lady of the half-light named Shadow can be completely different - she is full of contrasts and half-floods, which indirectly affect our emotional state and directly - the choice of suitable plants in your favorite garden. Let's find out more about her habits and vagaries!
The penumbra, or scattered light, reigns in places that are caressed by the rays of the sun no more than 4-5 hours per day. Typical for her constant play of highlights, coolness and higher humidity are beneficial for many green tenants, for example, astilba, astratia or fern. And even among the sun-loving herbaceous perennials there are quite a few who are well tolerated by an openwork shadow, for example, the Highlander Highlander or Vasilisnik Doing.
But in the full shadow, say, on the northern side of a tall building or under trees and shrubs with a large and dense crown, the sunlight is chronically lacking. Here only the most persistent ones can survive, such as a periwinkle (Vinca) or ivy.
What design is best for your shady garden? You can clearly structure the plot by laying flower beds of strict geometric shapes. Or, conversely, make your green oasis more intriguing, with a predominance of smooth lines and transitions, that is, close to nature. The choice of a stylistic strategy largely depends on specific conditions: for example, under a sprawling large tree, an imitation of a forest glade would be better, and in the heavy shadow of the building or in the courtyards, a formal “straightforward” style is more appropriate.
The half-light scattered by deciduous trees pacifies, but a sharp dense shadow from the house can make you sad and depressed. However, each case is individual: for example, a corner on the east side of the building, lit by the morning sun, is quite suitable for a terrace where you can have breakfast and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Alas, adapted to the shade of flowering plants is much less than sun-loving. But among the shade-tolerant, abundantly decorative leafy beauties with different structures, shapes and colors of leaves - they should be bet on them, designing a shady corner, because these modest heroes set the tone in such places.
For example, the glowworm (Epimedium), rodgersia (Rodgersia) and hosta (Hosta), although they originate from East Asia, grow well in our latitudes.
Very dynamic flower beds from Darmera and Rodgcrsia with large leaves combined with filigree decorative herbs and ferns look very dynamic. For their colorfulness, they can be diluted with floral herbaceous perennials, such as Astrantia, Cimicifuga and Astilbe.
Choosing a color scheme for planting in the shade, give preference to plants with variegated white-green leaves and white flowers - in dark corners they will serve as the so-called illuminators.
Pastel blue, pink and lilac tones are also the most effective look with muted light. And finally, one can not help recalling a couple of indisputable pluses of shady flower beds: dense plantings with hardy herbaceous perennials pass by weeds, and the moisture from the soil evaporates not so quickly as in the sun.
Ideas for a garden in the shade
3. With pergola, densely braided wisteria and clematis. the shaded far corner in the garden turned into a cozy place, protected from prying eyes, for leisure.
4. Stylish solution: a flower bed with a hehera (Heuchera) and a bell (Campanula) is enough to supplement with a suitable accessory, for example, an clay figurine - and the composition will take place!
5. Lush herbaceous perennials, such as geranium and hakonehloja large Aureola, adorn a meandering path from clinker.
6. White-pink flowers of astrantia large (Astrantia major) are similar to openwork buttons. This filigree herbaceous perennial bribes with the charm of naturalness. The plant multiplies perfectly by self-seeding.
7.Warm colors in the penumbra
Two lush ferns - 1 female stamen (Athyrium filix-femina) - spread out their openwork leaves, as if holding a catchy 2 irengeshoma palmata, which is decorated with delicate yellow flowers and maple-like leaves, by the arms. On the right, it brings bright colors to the composition 3 of the Adenophora hybrid (Adenophora hybride) 'Amethyst' with blue-violet bell-shaped flowers. In the foreground 4 eye-catching lyriope (Liriope muscari) with thin grassy leaves attracts the eye. In August - September, she has remarkable candle-shaped inflorescences. Liriope complements the orange-yellow 5 cambrian meconopsis (Meconopsis cambrica) 'Aurantiaca', which appears in all its glory only in a cool shade.
8. Shade-tolerant tall representatives of the flora, for example, dichotomy (Aruncus dioicus), are magnificent and solo. The tenderness of the white fluffy inflorescences of the plant is emphasized by the bright background of the red structure.
9. The steps look organically in the arms of the thickets of the Cambrian meconopsis (Meconopsis cambrica), Corydalis and the variegated host 'Golden Tiara'.
10. Plants for an elevated flower garden, located in the penumbra, are deliberately chosen in tone: This is a classic version that always looks harmonious. In all its glory, "pets" appear at the peak of summer. At this time, compact pink inflorescences of 1 highlander (Polygonum amplexicaule) 'Anna' appear. Next to each breeze, a lovely panicle of 2 sedge hanging (Carex pendula) with picturesque drooping beautiful leaves sways. In July, the composition is supported by the purple-red heads of 3 Astrantia major (Astrantia major) Abbey Road. 4 heicher hybrid (Heuchera hybride) 'Obsidian' with dark red leaves and lovely pink inflorescences adds color to the flaming flower bonfire. Between the heichera, a hybrid ground cover 5 Geranium hybride 'Sue Crug' spreads, which from July to September enchants pink-violet flowers.
11. White-green oasis under the trees
In this example, tall and low plants are planted in a multi-level composition as they usually grow in nature: in the background - the highest, in the foreground - the lowest. To the right proudly stretches up the stately 1 aconite napellus (Aconitum napellus), which blooms from July to August. Nearby its unusual huge leaves 2 Roger horse-chestnut (Rodgersia aesculifolia). With it beautifully contrasts 3 Basilis Delavaya (Thalictrum delavayi) Album - a delicate herbaceous perennial with airy openwork inflorescences that are perfect for cutting. On the left, the flower garden is decorated with one of the most beautiful summer-flowering plants - 4 large-leaved hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), whose snow-white inflorescence balls attract the eye with incredible sizes. In the center flaunts an unusually hardy 5 male thyroid (Dryopteris filixmas). The edge of the flower garden is brightened by the broad oval leaves of the variegated 6 hosts Hybrid (Hosta hybride) 'Patriot'.
12. Jungle in mini format: in the same container, ivy, gillenia (Gillenia), bristle-bearing mnogolodnik (Polystichum setiferum) 'Dahlem', campanula punctata 'Sarastro' and derbyanka (Blechnum) are in close proximity.
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