Good tips for designing a shady garden:
- If you have a tree which is casting shade, try removing the bottom layer of branches to raise the canopy up and allow more light in.
- Brighten up the area by using pale stones, gravel or paving slabs to reflect light. You could also incorporate mirrors for a contemporary look! A pond or water feature is also a good way to reflect light and could be used to add a gentle trickling sound to your garden.
- Use plants with light or colourful foliage to lift your planting scheme. A good example is Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ which has bright yellow-green leaves.
- Plant pale flowers which will stand out and gleam in the border. Dark flowers will disappear in the gloom.
- If you would like a lawn, make sure you choose a seed mix or turf which is suitable for shady areas.
- Use texture to make the border more eye-catching. Incorporate different leaf shapes such as ferns, Hostas and grasses with your flowering plants.
- Try painting your walls, sheds or fences with a pale colour to instantly brighten the area. Try following the colour scheme of your planting to create harmony.