There is always that one spot in my yard that is lacking a pop of color. The shade garden. It seems to be missing vibrance and variety. When I go shopping, I tend to find many perennials that favor sun. I decided to make a big push to change it up this year and spend some time sprucing up those shady areas. With a little research, it is possible to add continuous color and contrast to any spot thanks to Monrovia!
The first important step to planning out your shade garden is considering what plants perform best in your climate. Try to add in both annuals and perennials. Annuals can be very unique and eye catching. Even though they only last a year, they can really fill in those gaps of space you may have.
With perennials, look to add plants with different heights, textures and bloom times. This way, you will have continuous color and interest all season long. Make sure after planting perennials you label that area. You don't want to accidentally disturb that spot when the plant isn't in bloom. Keep all of this in mind before you take your shovel out.
To get some inspiration, I visited Monrovia's online store. The options are endless, and they offer free shipping to your local garden center. You can type in your zip code, and Monrovia will show you all of the plants that will grow best in your area. With my plan in hand, I was ready to start shopping!
Just a week before I went shopping, we had a giant snowstorm here in zone 6a Massachusetts. The weather in this area can be a bit unpredictable. I feel like we are in the clear now with temperatures raising back to something more normal for spring. I was getting a bit nervous I would have to wait to get outside and garden.
I was absolutely thrilled to see the store begin to fill up with new Monrovia plants. Being an avid gardener, I am always drawn their plants. They are healthy, green, high quality and reliable. With such a wide selection, you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for. No matter what kind of garden you are creating, Monrovia has you covered. Click here to get some great ideas for your own yard!
Beautify Your Shade Garden
I decided to add some Belarina Nectarine Primrose, Belarina Valentine Primrose, and some Touch of Class Jacob's Ladder. These are all perfect plants to add a pop of color to your springtime garden. They are all shade loving perennials. I have one spot right on the edge of my garden that receives full sun, so I decided to add two Maché Ranunculus. You can purchase Monrovia plants for your garden online or at your local Lowe's.
Belarina Nectarine Primrose
This plant is perfect for any shade garden that receives partial sun. My garden gets some sun in the morning. It features double flowers and rich blooms. It is outstanding in beds, borders, containers and window boxes. This plant will stun as it blooms throughout the season.
-Light: Partial Sun
Belarina Valentine Primrose
This plant is perfect for any shade garden that receives partial sun. It features double flowers and rich blooms. It is outstanding in beds, borders, containers and window boxes. This plant will stun as it blooms throughout the season.
-Light: Partial Sun
Touch Of Class Jacob's Ladder
This plant is great for any full shade garden. It features lovely lacy blue flowers and variegated green and white foliage. It works well in perennial borders. This plant blooms from early to mid-summer and is deer resistant.
-Light: Full Shade
-Watering: Average Water
Add That Pop Of Color To Your Garden
When planting in your garden, it's always best to add new and healthy soil. I purchased a fresh bag of garden soil, along with some peat moss. I add peat moss to help my dry soil hold moisture. When you start digging in New England soil, you will notice instantly it's rocky and dry. Depending on where you are gardening, try to add whatever your soil is lacking. It helps flowers transition from the pot to the bed when they have the nutrients they need.
When I'm gardening, I like to make a day out of it. I do a little cleaning, and I do a little prepping picking out the perfect spot. Listening to the birds chirping around me and smelling the freshly tilled soil makes me feel at ease. With the sun warming my skin, I really love being outside just enjoying nature. Just adding in a few of Monrovia's vibrant plants makes me envision how full and lush my garden will become over time this season.
Make sure to dig your holes 2 times the width of the pot. Drop your plant into the ground, and backfill with your recently purchased soil. Water in your new plants and mulch to keep the roots cool and moist.
With it only being the beginning of the season, I know that my garden still has a long way to go. I'm so pleased how my new Monrovia plants have brought it to life. They are already growing in beautifully and adding that much needed zest to my yard.
Other Monrovia Plants for Your Shade Garden
•Blue Enchantress Hydrangea
•Rock & Roll Peruvian Lily
•Luxuriant Fringed Bleeding Heart
•Vision In Red Astilbe
•Red Ruffles Azalea
•Baby Joe Dwarf Pye Weed
•Early Scout Fernleaf Peony
•Grape Soda Coral Bells
•Ignite Red St. John's Wort
•Mrs. Spencer Castle Clematis
I always get the best ideas and inspiration from the Monrovia newsletter. From new garden trends to romantic color combos, it has it all! Sign up today to get motivation and insight sent straight to your inbox. What kind of flowers, herbs and shrubs are you growing in your shade garden? Do you have any shade gardening tips and tricks? Please share with me in the comment section below. As the season progresses, I will be posting pictures on social media and my blog documenting my shade gardens progress. Wishing you all a wonderful spring!
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