Three Landscaping Ideas For Shady Areas
If you have a shady spot in the garden or on your patio you can still create a beautiful and colorful natural environment. In fact, many plants actually love the shade and thrive in low light. Here are three landscaping ideas for shady areas that allow you to use design, texture, size, and blooms to create lush surroundings without worrying about sunshine.
3. Branch Out
One of the trendiest landscaping ideas for shady areas is a woodland garden where layers of plants and shrubs are built up under the canopy of trees. The trees are the focal point of the woodland garden, providing the shade needed for ground covers and shrubs that are shade-tolerant. Another way to enhance the visual interest of areas of full-shade or part-shade is to add evergreens and conifers, which have the added bonus of lending some privacy.
Whenever you’re disturbing the ground—especially when planting trees, shrubs, groundcovers, or plants—protect yourself and your family by contacting JULIE, Illinois’ FREE notification service for safe digging. Utility lines may be buried just beneath the surface of where you’re preparing to plant and hitting one can disrupt critical services and even cause serious physical harm. Contacting JULIE is easy. You can submit an E-Request or call 24/7/365. Illinois law requires the person actually doing the digging contact JULIE—that’s you or your landscaper if you hire a professional—at least two business days before you put a shovel in the ground. After receiving confirmation with a dig number from JULIE and confirming that all utility members have marked their underground lines with colored paint or flags, or marked an All Clear with a painted OK, you have 14 days to begin working on that shady garden spot. Then before you know it, you and your plants will be soaking up the shade.
Safe Digging Tip: Always contact JULIE before you dig to have utility lines on your property located for free by our members. Valuable utility lines may be buried just beneath the surface and hitting one could disrupt critical services, cause serious harm to you or your family, or even result in costly repairs and fines.