Jun 24, 2019
Shade gardening: just the thought of it makes some gardeners
cringe, with images of hostas racing through their mind. In this
episode of Down the Garden Path,
Matthew and I shed some light on the issue of shade gardening,
offering tips and looking at a variety of
interesting shade plants to brighten the dark recesses of your
Believe it or not, it’s easy to have a beautiful, colourful
shade garden filled with more than just hostas.
Shade Gardening Tips and
We discuss how to define shade, as it is different in every
garden. What's the best way to measure it?
We also highlight some tips for shade gardening, including:
- Mulch: Learn the different types of mulch
available and the benefits of each– watering, weed control, soil
enhancement, beneficial insects.
- Planting: Dig the hole more than twice as wide
and line with newspaper.
- Watering: How often should you water and how
deep? Test yourself!
- Designing in shade: Learn how to achieve
all-summer colour with foliage and texture.
What plants thrive in the
Matthew and I discuss what shrubs and perennials truly
thrive when planted in the shade. Tune in to find out our
favourites and learn more tips for planting in the shady areas of