Flower garden and landscape

10 ways to add light to the shady corners of a garden


The game with optical illusions, the contrast of light and dark leaves, snow-white flowering and various textures gives the most secluded areas of the garden a special charm. But almost always in the gardening of the shady corners of the garden, it is precisely about the balance of light and shadow, the introduction of highlighting elements that can change the gloomy picture. Bright bursts of color, characteristic of flower beds, mixborders and rest areas in the garden, rarely touch shady areas. But there are many tools that allow you to play with bright accents and colors even without planting special plants.

10 ways to add light to the shady corners of the garden.

Color schemes for nooks of a garden

Nooks still seem boring and not too inspiring to many. There are so many opportunities in the garden to experiment with colors, however, not many people think about introducing bright colors where there is a dense or delicate shade into places that captivate only with coolness and silence. In a modern design, a boring design with a thick, gloomy edge or a solid texture in the shady corners of the garden has long gone into oblivion. But not many designers decide to get involved in coloristic techniques in the shade.

The nooks of the garden are the realm of white and delicate, light shades of fawn tones, in which they use the full potential of white to change the nature of the compositions and make them more cheerful. This situation is explained very simply: few variegated and flowering plants are actually able to grow well in shading, especially in a strong shadow.

Light-leaved plants, especially bright groundcover, some cereals and shade-tolerant flowering perennials - the choice is not so great. But there are plants that can be used for color spots, even in secluded corners of the garden. And only plants are not limited.

Color solutions for shady corners of the garden can be divided into landscaping - associated with the choice of plants with a certain color - and technical, using accessories, materials and additional decor to create color accents. There are a lot of ways not connected with plants to bring color to the place where the shadow reigns, here the imagination is actually limited only by courage, budget and style of the garden. But among plants, the choice is not as modest as it seems at first glance.

We’ll take a closer look at a dozen design options, as well as small and large tricks that will help bring color to even the shaded corners of the garden.

1. Search for vibrant flowering crops

Among plants that can bloom in the shade, there are not so few flowering crops, although the number of species is not measured in dozens. Bright cyclamens and crocuses, rugs made of violets, cornflowers, cinquefoil and aquilegia, Siberian irises, bells, hellebores, primroses, liverworts, loosestrife, lupins, some daylilies, queen shades of astilbe - all of them can offer a choice of far more than just white colors.

Do not forget about rhododendrons and panicle or tree hydrangeas with which you can decorate shaded areas. Berry bushes - cotoneaster and bladder fruit - also complement the list of colored plants.

Of annuals in shading, one can experiment with the introduction of brightly colored varieties of balsamines into the composition. Pansies, lobularia, lobelia, forget-me-nots, nasturtium, matthiola, nemesia, daisies, ageratum, cineraria, matricaria, mimulus, adonis will be able to settle in containers and in the foreground of the compositions.

Among the plants that can bloom in the shade, there are not so few flowering crops, the most famous is astilba.

2. Bet on the leaves

Blooming in the shade never lasts as long as in well-lit areas, and even the most elaborate compositions lose their best color accents. In order for the color to be present in landscaping constantly, you need to carefully choose plants with a bet on decorative leaves. And if shady hosts are colorful, but rarely color, their competitors offer more interesting colors.

The first plant that comes to the rescue in finding color solutions for shade is a heicher, which offers amazingly rich variations of red shades and metallic textures. The company can make up her original varieties of garden geraniums, dark tenacity leaves, variegated varieties of euonymus, silver wormwood, gold reed, sedge, cecelria, boron, canary, pike, winks - there is something to choose from.

In order for the color to be present in landscaping constantly, you need to carefully choose plants with a bet on decorative leaves.

3. Vines rising up

Among decorative vines there are not so few species that can grow in the shade and even bloom spectacularly. After all, plants rushing up receive much more light in their upper part of the crown. An absolute favorite of landscaping in secluded areas is clematis, especially not too large-flowered and new varieties, but old, non-whimsical, time-tested species plants. Lilac and blue color options in the shade look especially good, and the roots of clematis never overheat.

The yellow pliers will easily bring yellow colors into the shade - both at the time of flowering and in the fall, as a "bonus", they also surprise with bright red fruits. And here is another shade-tolerant competitor - petiole hydrangea - unfortunately, apart from the white palette of colors, she will not be able to offer other options.

An absolute favorite of landscaping in secluded areas is clematis.

4. Bright supports for ordinary plants

In a shady corner, it is worth deciding on bold experiments even in the matter of planting. It does not matter whether it is a question of supports for vines - walls, obelisks, pyramids, arches, columns, tripods, etc. - Or about simple columns, to which lodging peduncles of tall perennials are tied and pulled together by sheaves of cereals, they should be painted in the brightest colors. You can use supporting structures as an original coloristic accent even for non-colored ivy at all.

In a shady corner, one should decide on bold experiments even on the issue of support for plants, whether it be a wall, a pergola, an arch, etc.

5. Furniture that dazzles with painting

The selection of garden furniture today is surprisingly wide. In addition to classic and modern minimalist models, you can find in the catalogs and on the shelves bright, funny, catchy models made of wood, plastic, metal and other materials. Even a simple bench that can be put in the shade for relaxing in the summer heat, a small stone for sitting and reading, as if a chair accidentally forgotten in a thick shadow, can become the most striking decoration of a seemingly modest corner.

Whether to repaint the oldest furniture itself, playing with color, ornament and combination of patterns, or just to buy new models from colored acrylic and plastic - only you should choose.

You should not forget about textiles - relaxing in a cool corner will be three times more pleasant if you bring along a soft colorful pillow or a cozy colorful blanket.

Do not be afraid to paint furniture in a bright color!

6. Garden sculptures and their "relatives"

Objects of small architecture are strikingly diverse, not only in style, size and materials, but also in color. An ordinary statue or a funny animal does not always have to be dim. After all, you can pay tribute to minimalism in the shady corner and place several inter-resonating cubes or columns of colored concrete, fix the original stained glass window or color forged sculpture, paint an old bird cage, fountain or drinking bowl in dazzling color, play with rainbow colors in a sundial.

Even a small imitation of garden ruins, a false door or a gate, an old ladder, a wheel from a spinning wheel, a railing, a balustrade can appear in a new light, if you add color painting. Bright small arbors or pavilions, purely decorative analogues of them - all of them can be not only white or wooden, but also red, yellow, blue, pink - whatever your heart desires.

Garden sculptures or containers for plants can be red, yellow, blue, pink - whatever your heart desires.

7. Colored mulch, stones and decorative borders

The simplest and most versatile decorative tool to use, which does not lose its relevance in the shade, is stones and boulders. Even if you do not have a small rock garden in shading, this does not mean that color cannot be added to the composition with boulders or beautiful large stones. Today, the choice of rocks is so great that it is not limited to neutral colors: among stones, you can find all shades of gray, and original beige-red-orange solutions.

Natural stone costs a lot, but there are alternatives that require much more modest costs - neat colored concrete tiles and colored clinker bricks. A stepping path or 2-3 tiles for “entering” the site, a neat volumetric border hidden in a large curtain “hatch” will bring soft, but bright colors to the ensembles.

A wide selection of decorative mulch - from painted bark, sawdust and stone chips - presents a chance to find an interesting color palette. It is not necessary to cover the soil with only brown bark and light gravel: in the decor you can freely use multi-colored aquarium soils and numerous dumps, the assortment of which can be appreciated in any garden center and building hypermarket.

Decorative borders, steel tapes, plastic fences, miniature fences and wickers, neat concrete columns that can be used to frame compositions in the shade always look elegant, but they can also look bright. Painting with dazzling acrylics or a choice of initially colored options allows you to complement the look of the garden with bright frames.

A wide selection of decorative mulch presents a chance to find an interesting color palette.

8. Practical impractical "little things"

In any shady corner, you can create an additional working area, arrange a storage rack for containers for planting plants, place a small "dresser" for sand or mulch, put a bright composter cabinet or just a tank for collecting water.

Even in such trifles as marking plants, you should decide to bring a little color: brightly painted plates with the name of species or varieties will help not to get lost in the collection of ferns or rhododendrons. And if you paint the pegs with a pointer in bright yellow and cover with a sticky composition, you can perform two tasks at once - create a trap for aphids and an interesting accent.

In any shady corner, you can create a bright working rack or cabinet for tools.

9. Potted and potted - in addition

The choice of plants that can be planted directly in the soil is more extensive among annual stars. But in shady corners, it is not necessary to fill in them only glades or specially designated areas: flyers and biennials can be placed in containers, colorful pots and containers, put them side by side, creating additional decoration, accent, and color spots.

Since the pots can always be raised to a new level or put on the track, in more illuminated places, the “set” of shade-tolerant flyers can be expanded with traditional stars of pottery gardens.

Light-loving plants can also be planted in the shady corners of the garden, but in containers that should receive more light.

10. Game with color illumination

Garden lighting has long ceased to perform only practical functions. Fashionable LED lights and models with small solar panels that glow in the dark, accumulating energy during the day, like ordinary garden lights, can also be used to ensure that the eyes are directed towards the most beautiful plants in the evening garden.

In the shade, additional illumination creates a particularly spectacular contrast. If instead of ordinary bulbs to use colored, then you can make the night picture in secluded remote corners of the garden even brighter than the daytime landscape.

In the shade, additional lighting creates a particularly spectacular contrast.

Whatever option you use, you must remember that even in the most distant corner it is worth creating a harmonious picture, unified with the rest of the garden. Compliance with the style of the garden and the colors chosen for it are mandatory principles even at the stage of experiments.

When choosing coloristic solutions for compositions in the shade, you need to focus on those color combinations that are already used in flower beds, choose materials related to the house and grounds with paths, remember that all garden furniture should be in harmony with each other, and avoid decisions that are alien to the rest of the plot.

In the regular garden, they even play strictly with color, in the landscape - they rely on natural transitions, but in the village they allow the most fun decisions. Even if you draw a small corner in a different style in the shade, you should pay attention to the general concept and develop a sketch to create a complete, easy to read composition.