Tips for grow­ing in the shade

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Garden Market -

• Many plants will not tol­er­ate dry shade. Check the re­quire­ments of the plant and if they need mois­ture keep them moist but never wet. If your shade gar­den is un­der a tree or trees you may need to wa­ter your shade plants more of­ten.

• Take the time to pre­pare the soil well prior to plant­ing. Make the plant­ing hole at least two times larger than the root ball and add lots of or­ganic mat­ter. This ad­di­tional prepa­ra­tion will pay off by help­ing the plant to get es­tab­lished rapidly. This is es­pe­cially true if the plant is fight­ing for space with other trees or shrubs. The ex­tra prepa­ra­tion also helps with drainage.

• Pro­tect young plants and even es­tab­lished plants from slugs. Shade gar­dens are favourite hang­outs for our sluggy friends. There are many child and pet friendly slug baits on the mar­ket.

Di­cen­tra ‘Gold Heart’ really stand's out in the shade.

Geranium 'Rozanne' flow­ers for weeks.

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