9 Beautiful Shady Yards Overflow With Lush Plantings

Find out how to mix foliage colors and textures to brighten dark areas and create dynamic shade plantings

Whether it’s a woodland garden in dappled light or a north-facing walkway along the side of the house dotted with ferns, shaded landscape areas present opportunities for creating beautiful garden vignettes. Unlike in full-sun gardens, flowers often take a back seat in the design of shaded planting beds, allowing a palette of varying greens — bright chartreuse, silvery green and deep emerald — to take center stage.

The key to creating interest with the greens is to include contrasting foliage types and to add occasional bright accents, like plants with white blooms or green-gold leaves, to help lighten shadowy areas. The following nine gardens, in conditions ranging from partial to full shade, show how this planting strategy works to create dynamic shade gardens.

 September 10, 2019
Houzz Contributor. Landscape designer, a former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset’s Editorial Test Garden. Her garden designs have been featured in the Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping, Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (cover), Inhabitat, and POPSUGAR.

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