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Grow Guide: Shade Loving

Shade Loving

Shade is often a nightmare for gardeners and often results in shady spots becoming no-grow areas for many plants. Shady spots can come in all shapes and sizes and are often the result of trees, not facing walls or thick plant cover. Shade can be more of a problem for urban gardens where there is more obstacles blocking the natural light. As a result of shade, adequate light is not available for plants and soil is often heavier and cooler as a result. However, there are a surprising amount of plants that can tolerate different levels of shade.

These shady characters can range from shrubs to annuals to perennials which means there is lots of variety to chose from. There is bound to be one to fit your own needs and finally add some much-needed life to any cool nook in your garden. We suggest visiting your local GroMór centre and see there range of shade tolerant plants.

Types of Shade

All plants will have a different degree of shade tolerance, some will have no tolerance but others love the shade and prefer it to the light. Woodlands are an excellent example of an area that has strong shade but is still full of life. Most plants wont tolerate constant deep shade, however there are a lot of plants who love shaded and moist spots. Here is a guide to the types of garden shade:

Light Shade

An area that only receives 2 or 3 hours of sunlight in either the early mourning or late evening. Midday sun is the strongest and most beneficial light.

Moderate Shade

Sites that only receive light that has either been reflected or diffused. These areas do not receive any direct light throughout the day.

Deep Shade

These are places that do not receive any light and are in constant shade. For this reason, the soil is often cool and dry or moist (not in-between). Deep shade is typically found at the base of trees and walls.

Tips for Shade

If you have a large tree in your garden which is casting too much shade, try and remove the bottom layer of branches to let some light through to open up your planting options. Incorporate reflective elements into your garden to ensure more light gets through, this could involve installing a pond or a water feature, using mirrors throughout your garden or use bright stone chipping or paving slabs.

When choosing plants for shady areas, use pale bright colours like whites and pale pinks to ensure they stand out in the dark. Be sure to consult with your local GroMór expert on what is right for your space.