Fill a landscape border with plants. Here sweet woodruff clusters around the edges of the stairs. Look to nature to provide easy care plant inspiration, such as these ferns, which love the dappled light and wet feet of the wooded landscape. Dainty plants often offer unexpected shade blooms, such as purple Japanese primroses.
Under the cover of overhead trees, woodland shrubs such as spirea and shade tolerant variegated hostas welcome dappled sun. This garden shed features a roof made from a collection of wood framed windows pieced together like a puzzle. The lower walls are clad in clapboard siding. The result is a bright and beautiful place to work on the inside, and a beautiful garden structure from the outside.
Just a few plants provide enough visual contrast for a heavily shaded space. The shape of a path can speed or slow people through a landscape. Here, gentle curves wind their way through a shady space, prompting visitors to stop and admire the plants. Placed at a curve in the path, a large boulder acts as both an element of visual interest and a respite area.
Whilst you plan your garden, make certain to add a focal point that still serves as a place to stop and appreciate your lawn. It may be as simple as a comfortable chair tucked right into a private corner or as tricky as this arbor and bench combination. Pick flowers which might be as fragrant as they may be colorful so you can enjoy them near up.