When Things Get Shady


| 1/7/2017 12:00:00 AM


Common Maple, Leaf, Green, Robinia

Shade is one of the hardest problems to work with in a garden. All plants require some amount of light throughout the day, although the minimum hours vary with each plant.  Most plants that are edible or produce flowers require at least 6 hours of light.  That leaves us living in the housing developments surrounded by other tall houses/buildings with very few options besides evergreens.  

Don’t get me wrong.  Evergreens have some benefits. They block the wind, give privacy, and even give homes to wildlife.  However, without some variety, your garden can get boring.  Fortunately for you, I’ve done a bit of digging so you don’t have to. Well, at least not until you get the plants home.  These plants below are either shade tolerant or they absolutely love shade. Bonus, all have some secondary use.

Mint

Edibles

Most of your salad and Asian greens will do well in the shade.  They do still need 4-6 hours of sun, but that is manageable for most housing developments.  Try growing Lettuce, Arugula, Sorrel, Pak Choi, Mustard Greens, Kale, Chard, or Spinach.



Most of your salad and Asian greens will do well in the shade.  They do still need 4-6 hours of sun, but that is manageable for most housing developments.  Try growing Lettuce, Arugula, Sorrel, Pak Choi, Mustard Greens, Kale, Chard, or Spinach.



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