Essential shade garden

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The best strolling to do when your shade garden doesn't seem to be working out, is through others' shady spots. Cleveland Botanical Garden's shady area is one of our favorites. 

What seemed like a failure is the best kind of start

In answering questions in poet gardener Frank Harney's review of a failed shade bed we used this 1-2-3 analysis of successful shade gardening. To grow well under trees you must focus on:

These are the keys to growing a good garden under trees. Follow the links above to learn more about this shady garden (below) and your own.

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An important heads up: Never expect a shade bed to look like a sun garden. Use the woods as your model -- you'll see there is less diversity there than in a garden. Only a half dozen species may be there, but each will be thriving and covering large areas.


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