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You thought that plants able to tolerate the summer sun would be tricky to find?! What do you think about plants that are able to tolerate shade? Today`s small guide will focus to the exterior of the home where we will focus our attention on finding the best outdoor plants for shaded areas as patios below tree patches and porches. It`s important to live in a green heaven and this means that we should have a response to every challenge, including shaded areas. We`ve managed to grow almost all the plants featured bellow and we highly encourage you to try the same, these pare some hardy plants capable of enduring some rather special conditions.
Mondo Grass is dubbed “the staple of the contemporary garden”. It has dark long leaves and a very modern silhouette, it`s mainly used as a ground cover for shaded ares as showcased bellow. You can also find it under the name of monkey grass. Mondo or Monkey Grass grows in mounds and therefore it can easily generate a superb texture in your backyard landscaping.[from David Morello Garden Enterprises]
Little dwarf varieties of the Mondo grass can be used as a complement to a cluster or path of stepping stones. You can simply fill in the cracks and watch it flourish, it will give it a more raw, rusting, natural apparel. [from PlantWerkz]
One small disadvantage of the Mondo Grass is the fact that it doesn`t spread quickly. If you would like to texture a small hill or create a close pattern similar to the one in the picture bellow you should probably plant it one close to each other.[from PlantWerkz]
Happily mondo grass can be used in a variety of methods. It can be cultivated in containers. Theoretically this plant can support the sunlight decently but it definitely loves shaded areas and planting it in containers will allow you to move it around and change the decor from time to time to your liking. It also helps to not over water it. Depending on your climate, sunny areas can neutralize your mondo grass so it would be really helpful to plant in containers and move it around your yard and see where it goes. Shoacased bellow we have a mix of scotch moss with black mondo grass in a fashionable modern container. [from Westover Landscape Design via Pinterest]
Creeping Jenny -Fashionable Sun/Shade Outdoor Plant
The Creeping Jenny is one of those well known fabulous plants that are behaving well in sun and shaded areas alike. It covers the ground rapidly and produces little olive green leaves that will texture your outdoor space magnificently. [from Outside Landscape Group, LLC]
As the mundo grass, the creeping jenny can fill spaces between stepping stone beautifully creating a vibrant textured dash of green that helps you create that contrast between grey, beige, stones and the greenery. [from Ravenscourt Landscaping & Design LLC]
The creeping jenny is also used to create cascades and create beautiful vertical effects, bellow it`s used in a big urn, enhancing the visual impact for the viewer.
There are few plants out there which thrive through hot summers and cold winters alike and one of these is the creeping jenny, we all protect potted plans through freezing winters and even with our help, not every plant survives. The creeping jenny is an extraordinary plant that manages to adapt to both sunny and shaded areas. Do not be tempted to neglect it thought, it still needs water from time to time. [from Cathy Rosenhaus Garden Designs]
Snake Plant-Outdoor Plant Adding Height and Drama
The snake plant is highly popular, it adds a spectacular amount of drama through a dense texture and an organic snake or fire like shape. It`s a highly popular outdoor plant for modern homes, it can easily handle areas with low light if the temperatures are not to high. It can stay in sunny areas as well, again, if the temperature are not getting to high.[from Ketchum Photography for H3K Design]
Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law`s tongue is a plant that appears in commercial interiors quite often, used in banks, hotel lobbies and offices, it`s presented as a versatile and highly aesthetic plant indoor. It can be used outside just as well. In the example presented bellow the snake plant continues the border in the vertical plane trough texture and color, contrasting with the white setup beautifully. [from Life Outside]
Being highly resilient, the snake plant can adapt to areas shaded by the roof, bellow the container is an exterior extension of the home and the snake plant enhances the facade and the home design through its presence. [from Cultivart Landscape Design]
You should know that this particular plan loves warm weather and should be treated carefully. It`s very important to let it dry out between soakings and do not over water it. [photo by Peter Brennan for Ecodesign]
Boston Fern-The Perfect Outdoor Plant
The Boston Fern is an extraordinary plant, extremely popular for hanging containers on the porch in low-shaded spots, transition areas between light and shade. [photo by Shelly Hoffman, from Stephanie Wilson Interiors]
Boston ferns are extremely good border plants, shaping the road with both volume and texture in a dense and lush apparel. They`re amazing in low light situations but they also require a little moisture, an automatic watering would do the trick extremely well, providing them plenty of water without over watering it. [from Bella’s Nursery]
Boston Fern tend to cascade over the container, extremely graphic effect, similar to the creeping jenny but a little shorter, use this to your advantage.[Walter Knorr Florist Commercial Service]
Assorted Succulents-The Cherry on the Cake
The last but not least are the succulents, extraordinary small mixture of different looking varieties that are often grown in all kinds of modern planters. These are last on the list because unlike the ones presented above they love sun light, they can easily thrive on small shaded areas but you should aim for a rather bright shade. These are in my opinion the most graphic plant for bright shaded areas, mainly because they`re different, the composition and arrangement can take multiple shapes in beautiful plantscapes . from GardenForeplay]
These plants are renowned for being low-maintenance and immortal. Do not be fooled though, most of these statements are unreal, you can easily underwater or over water. You should move containers around and carefully test different areas to find the perfect combination of light water and in worst case scenario, soil. Succulents are a very good choice for modern spaces, including shady ones, is very important to let the soil dry out between watering, a soggy succulent is an unhappy succulent. [from Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture]
You can plant your succulents in the ground or grow them in a container, we suggest you to try them out in a container placed in the exact area where you intend to plant them, if the arrangement is less then happy, you still have a chance in a different spot. A local expert may help you find the best succulent varieties that behave properly in shaded areas. [from Debora Carl Landscape Design]
Last but not least, do your research! Make sure that the plants that you are going to plant are safe for your pets, wild animals in you area and kids. Certain plants can be toxic to living creatures if ingested, with a little research and planing the right selection of plants will enhance your courtyard in no time. Breath through greenery and enjoy the oxygen provided, you shape your own little world.