There are several different classifications of shade flowers. Each has its own requirements, advantages, and disadvantages. Perennial shade flowers, such as verbena, lavender, and calendula, are considered by many to be the best choice for shade garden plants. These plants can be used year-round and are very low maintenance.
One of the best reasons to plant a shade garden is for color. Shade tolerant plants can be used for creating any color of shade from lilac to black. Even when the plants are not in bloom, they can be used as fillers or accents for the flower garden. Another advantage to planting perennials is that the leaves will never go to seed. This ensures that they will continue to provide new blooms throughout the year.
Perennial flowers should be chosen based on how long they will live. If you are just starting a flower garden or simply want a plant that will remain throughout the year, you can plant like flowers such as marigolds. Marigolds have thick green foliage and bloom in the late summer through early fall.
Other popular choices for shade gardens are lupine, which can grow quite tall. It prefers full sunlight and can thrive in low-traffic areas. The flower buds will be small and beautiful. Planting honeysuckle will bring a lot of color and the fragrance to your yard. It can also be planted to block the sun from the north or to shield an area of a flower garden from cold winds.
A variety of birds and butterflies will also be attracted to your shade garden. butterflies are a popular attraction for gardeners. When planting these plants, make sure to get them established before planting other flowers. They usually need to be planted one to three feet deep so they can sink down into the ground. Once established, you can fill in around them with a low ground cover such as grass.
You can also choose to plant annuals to fill in shady areas. These plants may take a little longer to grow than some perennials, but they will be worth the wait. Annuals can survive even the worst shade conditions. You just have to prepare the soil properly and provide adequate lighting, watering and fertilizing.
Perennials are not the only option when you are looking for shade relief. You may be surprised at the color and texture of some plants, especially in a flower garden designed for a shady area. Some species of shrubs and trees are more delicate than others, so take that into consideration when planting. Shrubs can add an interesting focal point to your flower garden, and the colorful blossoms will make your flower garden stand out among the rest.
Perennial shade flowers can be an inexpensive addition to your flower garden. If you are just starting out with a shade garden, you may want to consider planting annuals. However, if you have a fully established flower garden, you can plant perennial shades year-round. The beauty of having the same look year-round is nice, and it saves you money in the long run.
When you are ready to plant your shade flowers, you should be sure to prepare the soil properly. Pansy flowers like well-drained soil, and they do better in dense soil that drains quickly. Clay tends to drain well, but it is also more susceptible to drainage problems. Your shade flower planting area should be given time to settle before planting.
Planting your shade flowers the right way up will ensure that you get the results you want. If you are planning on laying the flowers down in the shade, you need to use pots that will hold the bloom. For perennials, you need to make sure that they are in containers that will allow them to sit easily without twisting or tipping. There should be at least two feet of room between each flower pot, and this means that you should not have to clear an entire flower bed just to place your shade flowers in. Keep your pots shallow and keep the soil high and loose.
When you are ready to water your shade flower bed, you should only do it when the soil is really dry. You should use a watering can with a long handle. Avoid watering your shade flowers right before you put them in the sun because you may end up smothering them instead of attracting them to the area. If you wait too long before watering your shade flowers, you might even end up killing them.
When you are finished caring for your shade flower bed, you should cover it with a plastic covering to keep insects out. Many insects actually like to eat shade flowers, so protecting them from the sun and moisture is important. This will also help keep your plants healthy and strong. Covering your plants will also prevent the sun from entering their foliage and causing wilting or browning.