This month on the Garden Designer’s Roundtable we explore the topic of Shade. Our guest is none other than Margaret Roach, author of several best-selling books and the gardening blog, A Way to Garden. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get a private tour of Margaret’s garden last year with several Roundtablers and other garden enthusiasts and not only a pure delight, it was also a lesson in opportunities. From the design, to plant selection and especially plant combinations, Margaret had capitalized on every opportunity her garden offered her.
Many gardeners look at a shady area as a liability, not an opporuntity to explore a new palette of plants that might not work elsewhere in their garden. Granted, gardening in the shade may require a new mindset for some gardeners so I’d like to offer some inspiration for dealing with those shady spots that every garden has and quite possibly open your eyes to the joys of shade gardening.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
– D. Elton Trueblood
I can say that in the shade garden we are dealing primarily with foliage, and that once you learn to look at leaves you’ll discover a world of unlimited diversity and beauty.
– Ken Druse, The Natural Shade Garden
Success with shade gardening is more a question of attitude than anything else. Don’t moan over what you can’t grow, learn to rejoice over what you can grow.
– Larry Hodgson, Making the Most of Shade
If you have a shady spot to plant a garden then you are fortunate indeed.
– Carolyn Harstad, Got Shade?
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
– Jane Austen
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