SHADY GARDENS PART 1This shady garden series is not so much what makes the best shade trees, but what can grow in various types of shade, whether it’s a shady side passage, a shady balcony, or just a shady part of the garden.
Do you have some shade in your garden?
Perhaps it’s a really shady garden because of neighbouring trees or buildings, or perhaps your own trees have grown quite big and created a lot of shade.
Over the next four weeks, Steve and I will be discussing what plants do best in a variety of shady gardens, but today, why is shade in a garden so important?
Shady gardens will provide refuge from the heat in summer. Your garden may be basking in full winter sun right now, but in summer, you and some of your plants will want more shade for cooling.
On a hot day, the shade under a mature tree can be up to 10 degrees cooler than the actual temperature but the trick is to find what grows under those shade trees.
SHADY GARDENS PART 2
Shade trees are great, but what can you plant under them that can cope with the root competition and low levels of sunlight throughout the year.
You want something attractive of course and not just a bare area.
In one of my shady spots
This shady garden series is not so much what makes the best shade trees, but what can grow in various types of shade, whether it’s a shady side passage, a shady balcony, or just a shady part of the garden.
SHADY GARDENDS PART 3
This series is about what you can grow in a shady area around your house or garden.
Balconies or verandah’s look better with plants, but what if they’ve got shade for most or a good part of the day?
Golden can palm is a perfect example for such a situation, plus they provide a fantastic screen.
Pots or containers that are elevated are a good idea to take advantage of more indirect light.
My favourite right now are hoyas of all types, in fact I’ve started a collection of about 8 so far, with 6 in hanging pots. (pictured right.). The hanging baskets and pole assembly were from Aldi of all places.
I'm talking with Steve McGrane, agriculturalist and horticulturist.