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Shade Gardens - A Photo Gallery

Updated on January 19, 2012
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Pictures of Shade Gardens

I love gardens of all kinds. Shade gardens are of interest to me ever since I have some shady areas around my house that I would love to grow more flowers in. Shade garden flowers have completely different requirements from full sun gardens, obviously. So you have to work within your boundaries to get the most out of all your garden space.

I have tried to plant flowers before, in areas that were just too shady for them. Surely others have tried this too, and wonder at the non blooming or failing plants that don't seem to thrive like others do.

In this hub I am sharing photos of shady or partially shaded garden areas and what other gardeners have done with them. It is not as limiting as you might think! Making fun paths, setting out seating areas, and planting ferns or hostas are just a few things one can do. These gardens were done by professionals, and most were taken at botanical gardens, but as you can see they draw you in even though not overflowing with flowers.

Photos of Gardens in the Shade

Photo 1 - Walking along a shady path that opens up ahead to a more sunny area. It shows what a nice canopy of trees can do for these shady areas.

Photo 2 - This photo looks as if this garden is in the sunshine and it was at that moment, but it is for a very short time. I just got lucky to take the photo of this fern garden while the sunlight was directly on it. Ferns are gorgeous, and I love them. There is something refreshing and nice about them that I can't quite put my finger on.

Photo 3 - A cute little bridge, the kind you might see in a fairy tale book that is used over a small creek bed. I love the curve, and wish I had something like it in my own garden!

Photo 4 - This is another kind of bridge in a shade garden. It is a Chinese garden area, and very lush with lots of greenery.

Photo 5 - I like the curve of the path that these large stones make in the shade garden here.

Photo 6 - Big stone paths, with hosta plants and trees. There is a nice little woodland area that I love in this part of the garden. My favorite part of this photo is the rushing water in the little stream there. It had the loveliest sound.

Photo 7 - Entrance into a Shade garden, from another shady garden area. This is another part of the Chinese garden and I love the entrance and greenery in the distance too.

Photo 8 - Beautiful toad lilies growing in a shady area of the garden. I love the design and fun name these have. Not something you see everyday in a garden, or at least not for me.

Photo 9 - Pretty sculpture of a father, mother and toddler playing. These pink flowers are growing nicely in a mostly shady garden area.

I hope you have enjoyed my "shaded garden tour."

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One example of a shade garden

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Flourish, I am glad you liked the setting in the photos. I am with you in that I too wish I could make my yard like that! Thank you for the comment.

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      5 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful setting. Wish I could make my yard look like that.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Deborah, thank you so much! I am very happy you liked it. :) It is that time of year again, time to get working in the garden. We seem to have an early spring here in the Midwest, so I have to get busy as well.

      Have a wonderful day, and I hope your garden work is pleasurable and your garden an ongoing joy to you. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love your shady garden tour. the pictures are wonderful/ I am ready to work in my yard. You have inspired me



    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ann, I agree that shade gardens can be cool and restful. Wouldn't that be nice with a hammock in the summer? Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Shade gardens are cool and restful. Once you get the right plants, they thrive. Nice hub.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Eddie, I absolutely love impatiens! Those are one of the most fun, shade loving and colorful flowers that I know of. I have a neighbor that decorates his backyard with impatiens, which happens to be shady. It is beautiful. My father also had many beautiful impatiens in our California Garden. It is a great point to bring up, thank you. Lilly of the Valley is a flower I want to try my hand at growing. It is also my birth flower, and I have never grown them! I have an area that I wouldn't mind having them take over a little bit. Thanks for your comment and visit. :)

      Mary, I love ferns also, and impatiens are great. I have never planted ferns, but would like to. When we got our house, I was so happy to see there were ferns already growing. So glad when you stop by Mary, thank you!

      Jacqui, thank you for stopping by. I am inspired to try new shade loving plants, like Lily of the Valley this next year. Happy you stopped by, and happy to hear others have shade gardens they enjoy.

      Twilight Dream, thank you for your comment and encouragement to keep on writing! I hope to always do so. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my hub and glad you liked the one with water. It is one of my favorites with the rushing water. So relaxing!

      Kevin, I love your idea of a magnolia tree. Their flowers are absolutely gorgeous. I even just love art of magnolia flower! Something to think about for sure, for the future. Thank you for your comment and visit.

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      kevins blog52 

      6 years ago from southern Indiana

      Good hub I enjoyed it very much and you haven chosen some beautiful pictures.You know the magnolia tree would be a good shade tree and it has big white flowers that as an aroma that is amazing.I voted up and beautiful.

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      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very beautiful shady garden here. Nice hub. I too love photo No.6 since I also love the rushing water sound of the stream. Keep writing!

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      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Great hub which I enjoyed reading, as I have a shade garden. I have been inspired to try planting some different plant species this year. Loved the photos too, especially the Toad Lily which is beautiful. Voted up, interesting/awesome.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      You've done it again! Interesting Hub, beautiful photos! I can't grow too much in the shade except Ferns and Impatiens. I voted this one UP, etc.etc.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello oceansnsunsets, If your looking for a shade flower that puts on a great show, try inpatients, they're an annual, but worth the money. If you want a very fragrant flower for the shade, try lily of the valley, they are very aromatic in the warm spring breeze, and they are a perennial, just be careful, if they like where their planted, they will take over the entire area :) Good hub, nice pictures,voted up and interesting.


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