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I find it much easier to work in my balcony garden during the spring and summer since the long days mean less shade. Gardening in part to almost full shade during the winter gets tricky for me. Here is Gardening Limited’s next collaborative post, Dark Days/LIght Years: The Impact of Shade On Your Garden.
Some of us pick decorations for a garden with the best possible intentions, but we are all prone to making mistakes, sometimes the plants die no matter how much you care you’ve given to them. But the one thing that has to be considered before you make any changes to your garden is the impact of shade. For new gardeners, this is something you cannot underestimate because you need to work with the shade patterns in your garden, but also consider the limitations that the shade brings. So, let’s clue you up.
Which Way Does Your Garden Face?
The direction your garden faces has a major impact on the amount of sunlight you will get in the garden. Living in the western world, it’s best to get a garden that faces the south. This has many different positives, but it’s in high demand because of the fact you get more sunlight.
But, if your garden doesn’t face the south, you still get many different benefits from each direction. While gardens that face the south get the most light, if your garden faces the north, it does mean you are more prone to damp, but this means that you can take advantage of planting flowers that thrive in the shade, like foxglove and primrose. If your garden faces the west, you will get more light towards the late afternoon or early evening. In a warm climate, this means that you can take advantage of your garden by putting on more social functions.
This means that you can invest in a proper patio, which you can find out more about online, and take advantage of the weather in the summer months. If your garden faces the east, you are going to get more light in the morning, so if you enjoy a coffee out on the patio in the morning, or need to take advantage of the morning light to do your gardening, this is a perfect match.
The Variations Of Shade
Once you understood the direction your garden faces, you can start to think about the best plants that will thrive in those conditions. But there are variations of shade that you need to consider. If you want to grow branches, you could take advantage of how the light changes. The variations of shades, from light shade to partial shade, as well as deep shade, can be found under various tree branches.
But it’s not a negative to view shade as something that can dull the look of your garden, the shade can be used as a way to decorate your garden. Depending on the direction your garden faces, you may have partially obstructed areas that can benefit from the shade, but it also can be used to your advantage, not just for growing appropriate plants, but with the right placements or trees and branches, it can make your garden look very pretty.
If your garden is considerably overshadowed, don’t view this as a bad thing, you can use it to your advantage. From growing plants that thrive in the shade, to making your garden look a bit more artistic, you should use the shade as best as you can.
Impact of Shade on Your Garden
I hope you enjoyed this collaborative post. Do you love shade plants? Get some ideas on what to plant in the shady areas of your garden by reading How to Pick the Right Shade Plants.