The Q&A Archives: shady area plants

Question: Im really new at this planting thing,, we just bought a house and in the front of our home on both side of the stairs (the stair in the middle) i have a area that i would like to do somethig with,, but it doesnt really get that much sun its on the north side of our home , and we have to giant tree in front of the home, so what I was wondering is what i could put there to dress it up some??

Answer: You didn't say how large an area you have to decorate so I'll give you several suggestions and you can choose the ones that will fit best in the area. First, have you considered colorful containers of various sizes? Not only can you rearrange the containers to get a slightly different look, the colors and/or patterns on the containers will brighten up the shady places. Or, you can plant a combination of annuals and perennials either in the ground, in the containers, or even in some redwood planters. There are many perennials that do well in shade including Hellebore, Pulmonaria, and Lamium. Annuals for summer color in a shady spot would include pansies, fuchsias, impatiens, coleus, and begonias among others. Your local store staff may have additional suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the planting site and your design goals. Have fun with your project!

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