Shade Gardening

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Title / Author Tags Date
Justine Guidry, Garden Design
Shade Gardening 1/29/24
How to Create a Shade Garden—No Sun Necessary
Debbie Wolfe, Real Simple
Shade Gardening 8/3/21
Learning to Grow: Ferns a resilient pick for shady areas in gardens
Sarah Marcheschi, Shaw Media
Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 6/8/21
Plants in dry, shady areas of your garden can still flourish — if you choose the right ones
Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune
Plant Recommendations, Shade Gardening 6/6/21
If You Think You Know What a Fern Is, Think Again (Requires subscription?)
Margaret Roach, New York Times
Shade Gardening 5/19/21
11 Shade-Loving Plants for Containers
Audrey Stallsmith, Bob Vila
Container Gardening, Plant Recommendations, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 5/18/21
Plants That Shine in the Shade
Andy Brand, Fine Gardening
Shade Gardening 6/1/20
Variegated Plants for Midwestern Shade (Requires subscription?)
Jennifer Smock, Fine Gardening
Shade Gardening 5/20/20
Dry Shade Doesn't Have to Ruin the Party (Requires subscription?)
Susan Calhoun, Fine Gardening
Drought-Tolerant Gardening, Shade Gardening 5/1/20
12 Gorgeous Annuals That Thrive in the Shade
Better Homes & Gardens
Annuals, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 3/2/20
Ornamental Grasses for Shade Gardens
Meghan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Grasses, Plant Selection, Shade Gardening 11/22/18
Upright Shade Plants for the Shade Garden
Meghan Shinn, Horticulture Magazine
Shade Gardening 8/15/17
Shade Gardens Come Alive with Gold Foliage
Jennifer Smith, Horticulture Magazine
Shade Gardening 6/27/16
10 Combinations for Shade (Requires subscription?)
Inta Krombolz, Fine Gardening
Landscape Design, Shade Gardening 11/1/09
Native Plants for Shady Raingardens
University of Wisconsin Extension
Plant Selection, Rain Gardens, Shade Gardening
Gardening in Wet, Shady Sites (Requires subscription?)
Inta Krombolz, Fine Gardening
Shade Gardening
How to Grow Grass in the Shade
DIY Network
Lawn, Shade Gardening

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Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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