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Stunning Shade Gardens

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When we first were married, I made it my mission to become a gardener. We’d renovated our first cute little house; added our own touch throughout the indoors; and it was time to add some love to the outdoors. I read book after book after gardening book {this was before the days of Pinterest and blogs – imagine that!}, and I became pretty well versed. Our entire yard was transformed with beds full of cheerful English cottage style perennials and shrubs. The riot of colours; the mixed textures and shapes of the foliage, the birds and butterflies happily skimming the air around their food source. I loved it!

But the area around the huge maple in that first backyard provided a different kind of challenge: shade. At first I wasn’t taken with the simplicity of shade plants… but once this area of our garden become established; I grew to love it’s quite calm even above my riotous beds of colour. If it’s serenity you want; then nothing can compete with the peaceful feeling created by a beautifully designed shade garden.

Often those shady areas of our yards go overlooked. We assume we can’t grow anything there and leave it full of moss-infused lawn. But there is so much potential in those shady nooks! I’m super excited about the landscaping projects we are starting this spring as it allows us to develop a shady and overlooked side of our house; I can’t wait to see the beauty of a garden that it becomes!

So whether you want to create a pretty, landscaped path through a shady area of your yard or develop a whole shade forest, you are going to love these stunning and inspiring shade gardens…

Enjoy this beautiful shade garden inspiration!

{the links below each image will take you to see the original post}

A shady pathway seems so inviting but with a hint of mystery…Via BHG

Hostas are the absolute star of the shade garden Via Thrifty Decor Chick

Heading into the woods Via BHG

Ilove the decorative urn in the middle of this shade bed Via HGTV

What a beautiful shady garden tucked beside a house Via Pinterest (if you know the original source, let me know)

Mixing colours and leaf widths of hostas adds interest Via Lonny

Via Flickr

Pretty side garden entrance Via Three Dogs in a Garden

Shady beds leading up to a gazebo Via BHG

This mix of Japanese maple, ferns, and hostas is a perfect shade garden combo Via Conrad Art Glass and Gardens

Another example of beautiful Japanese maples in a shade garden Via Harmony in the Garden

Big full hydrangeas are my dream…Via The Shabby Creek Cottage

A mass planting of hostas below the trees Via Pinterest (if you know the original source, let me know)

A mix of purple heuchera and Japanese forest grass is such a bright and pretty contrast in an otherwise mainly green shade garden Via The Garden Glove

These flowering Astilbes are delicate and feathery in contrast the strong wide leaves of the Hosta in this shade garden Via To Build a Garden

Such a feeling of calm and peace in this all green shade garden Via Three Dogs in a Garden

I also shared our Front Garden tour with a mix of sunny and shady zones…

Front Garden Tour Via The Happy Housie

So many different ways to add interest to that shady spot in your yard! Why not turn it into a lovely little nook with the kinds of plants featured here.

My favourite shrubs or trees for shady areas include Japanese Maple, Rhododendrons, and Hydrangeas (as long as they get lots of water). My favourite perennials for shade gardens include Hostas (watch for deer and slugs), Ferns, Astilbes, and Salal (natural to our area). I also like some of the pretty and more showy shade perennials like Heuchera, Japanese Forest Grass, and Hellebore (a lovely winter blooming perennial great for gardens near the house).

We live in a Zone 7 garden, so you want to do your research and ask at your local nursery for what plants are best suited to a shade garden in your zone. Happy Gardening!

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Have a shady spot in your yard? You will love these stunning and inspiring shade gardens and find some fantastic plant suggestions for shady spaces.

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