Garden Design: Made in the Shade

I recently removed two unknown shrubs from the front of my house. Now I have  100″x40″ rectangle of fresh new space to contemplate! Rectangles are central to the design to my backyard garden, so this is a great way to start. What shall I plant there? Should it be plants grown in containers, in the ground, a combination of the two, or something else? This is what I’ve been thinking about.

The area is under the eaves of my roof and next to my front stoop, so it’s a lightly shaded area. I must admit that it’s been a long time since I’ve had any meaningfully large space in my front yard garden to work with, so I welcome the challenge! Watering needs and proximit to the foundation of my house are also factors to consider.

The space is also underneath a window, so it might be nice to plant something like gardenias (which I’ve not yet been successful with, but I’m open to trying again!) to get a nice fragrance wafting through the house! There are many sun-loving plants from which to build a sunny garden, but far fewer shade-loving plants to choose from. I am diligently scoping out my gardening books for shrub and flower ideas. My cymbidium orchids are in the front yard also, but in a different part of the yard in their own dedicated space.

I’m really excited to see what I’ll put in this space. Keep visiting this blog for updates on my front yard shade garden design project!


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