Tips For Landscaping On A Shady Property

A shady property is almost certain to be a difficult property to properly landscape. Many plants will become spindly and die in shady areas. As a result, homeowners hoping to landscape their shady lawn must take special care when choosing a landscape design. These tips will help you choose the right landscape elements for your shady property.

Work With Shade Loving Plants

Many plants require partial sun or full sun in order to thrive. However, there are a number of plants that can live in shady conditions without negative consequences. Some of these plants include:

  • Hostas. Large, leafy plants with waxy skin, hostas thrive in low light conditions and make excellent plants to place in garden beds. 
  • Ferns. Ferns are naturally found on forest floors because they require little light in order to thrive. Many varieties of ferns can tolerate moist soil, as well. 
  • Boxwood. Boxwood shrubs are popular landscaping plants because they grow in a variety of conditions and can be trimmed into just about any desired shape.

Remove Grass

There are few grasses that can grow in shade, and even shade-tolerant grass varieties usually require some light in order to thrive. Rather than facing a struggle to keep grass alive and beautiful on your lawn, consider removing the grass altogether and replacing it with a shade-loving ground cover like Periwinkle or Lily of the Valley. 

Install Inorganic Landscape Features

Inorganic landscape features eliminate all concerns about shade and also require less maintenance. The following inorganic landscape features make an excellent substitute for plants and don't require any sun. 

  • Bench. Shady spots make a good place to sit and relax anyway, so a bench is a sensible thing to install. 
  • Stones. Large landscaping stones are visually pleasing and help the eye to bounce from one spot on the lawn to another. This makes large landscaping stones an excellent substitute for shrubs and large flowering plants.
  • Fountain. Use the fountain as a centerpiece or focal point for your lawn. 
  • Mulch. Like ground cover, mulch can be used to take the place of grass. 

Remove Sun-Blocking Landscape Elements

Keep trees trimmed so some light can filter down to the ground. This will give you more options when it's time to choose which plants to install on your lawn. In addition, moving or removing structures like sheds and playground equipment can create a permanently sunny spot on the landscape where any number of plants could be grown. 

For more tips and information about landscaping your shady property, consult with reputable residential landscape design companies like The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors in your area.