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Add A Pop Of Color To Your Shade Garden

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!

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!

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!

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.

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. 

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!
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.

I love how Monrovia provides a wealth of important information
about the plant you purchase right on the tag!

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.

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
-Watering: Semi-moist
-Zone: 5-9
-Height: 6-12"

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.
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.
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.

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
-Watering: Semi-moist
-Zone: 5-9
-Height: 6-12"

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.
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.
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.

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
-Zone: 3-7
-Height: 14"

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.

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.

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. 

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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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!

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Brittany Wise
    April 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! I wish I had s green thumb BUT I do have lots if shaded areas, so these would work for us! Thank you for sharing!

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    Mira
    April 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    These are so pretty! I haven’t started on my garden yet, makes me sad. Btw, I love the font in the watermarks..its beauitful.

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    jocelyn
    April 14, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Such pretty flowers! I get partial shade so this is exactly how I HAVE to garden.

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    Barbara
    April 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    What beautiful flowers. I had no idea that you could order and have plants delivered to your local garden center. Hmm Living in the Northeast too, I always play it safe and plant after Mother’s Day. After reading this post though, I am really anxious to get started. 🙂

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    Alice Walters
    April 14, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hello Angie, I enjoyed reading about your shady garden. Not being an avid gardener, it’s taken some false starts before discovering periwinkle. You are so right about doing your research. Now, the view from my kitchen window is pleasingly subtle and sweet.

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    Brittany
    April 15, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Beautiful flowers! I wish I could have a garden, but I cannot keep anything alive. Anyway, I bet yours is beautiful, and I really enjoyed your blog!

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    Shannon
    April 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Your pictures are fabulous and capture the flowers beautifully

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    Heather
    April 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for sharing–very cool website. I like all of the filter options. This will be a big help as we are currently planning how to landscape our front yard!

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    Vanessa Edwards
    April 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    You have a beautiful garden! I didn’t even think to look for an online store for Monrovia! We are doing flower beds at our house, so I may have to go give those a look!

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    Cristy
    April 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    These are so beautiful. We want to convert our sand box into a garden may need some of these flowers.

    Cristy
    http://www.happyfamilyblog.com

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    Jack + Jenny
    April 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Those plants are beautiful! I can see why you wanted to add those. The shady areas can be the hardest.

    –Jenny
    http://yeahwesaidthat.com

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    James Beamer
    April 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    This is going straight to my mum. She needs this. Thanks for the article.

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    April 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! It makes me so happy to look at these photos. 🙂

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    Karla Ireland
    April 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful! I will have to incorporate some of these flowers into my garden!

  • Reply
    Marlene
    April 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I am in love with the yellow primrose! Although they dont like the soil that i have in my yard, I may just have to pick some up!

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    ShootingStarsMag
    April 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I really like all the colors. I need to add some more to my own garden.

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    Gillian Kent
    April 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    shade gardens are alwaysdifficult and then shade loving plants tend to be loved by slugs. Ah the challenges of gardening!

  • Reply
    Delphine
    April 19, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    This is a great post, I wish I had more time and inclination for gardening…

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    Amanda | Maple Alps
    April 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

    How gorgeous are these?! I would love to have a garden, but alas, I am away all summer 🙁
    There is always next year though, and now I know how to do it!

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    Sia
    April 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    These pictures are so amazing. I love reading about gardening even thought I’m never in the garden, this makes me want to get out there. Great blog. X

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    Sia
    April 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    These pictures are so amazing. I love reading about gardening. Great blog. X

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    Cait Weingartner
    April 21, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful idea. I love the selection of plants and flowers you’ve chosen. You’ve definitely given me some great ideas!

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    Julie Lefebure
    April 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers! My gardens are all in sun. So pretty!

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    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    April 22, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Shade gardens are challenging for me, always looking for good ideas as we have very few really sunny spots.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/04/making-dangerous-situation-kid-friendly.html

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    bettyl - NZ
    April 23, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I have to admit that I do the same thing, ending up with sun-loving plants! Thanks for the help for shady spots–I will have to work on that. I love all your photos with their beautiful colors 🙂

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    Katy SkipTheBag
    April 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    So beautiful! I love multi-color flowers. Looks like you found some great plants. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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    Jim, Sydney, Australia
    April 26, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Great post

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    image-in-ing: weekly photo linky
    April 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    We still find ourselves challenged by shade gardens. You seem to have mastered the art!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/04/elvis-sighting-in-israel.html

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    Molly
    April 27, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I just bought colourful Geraniums for the pots out the front of my house today

    Mollyx

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    Beverly
    April 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Love your flowers. I miss many of the flowers that you have up north. I didn’t know you could order online and have them shipped. Great idea.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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