Shade Gardens

Curly Leaf Fern

Nothing is more pleasurable than gardening in Texas shade. While the lantana and okra are out baking in the sun, a tranquil canopy of dappled light and cooler temperatures makes puttering around in your summer garden a delight. We all appreciate a little shade, yet many people think of it as very limiting in regard to plantings. You may be slightly weary of the old shade standbys, impatiens, and begonias, and it’s true, that you won’t be growing any flashy zinnias or colorful crape myrtles, but the good news is there are many interesting choices for shade gardening.

Refer to the different posts in the Shade Gardens section for plant selections and tips for success.