Table of contents:
- Color solutions for the nooks and crannies of the garden
- 1. Finding vibrant flowering crops
- 2. Bet on leaves
- 3. Lianas, rushing upward
- 4. Bright supports for common plants
- 5. Furniture that dazzles with paint
- 6. Garden sculptures and their "relatives"
- 7. Colored mulch, stones and decorative edging
- 8. Practical impractical "little things"
- 9. Tubes and pots - in addition
- 10. Play with colored lights
Play with optical illusions, the contrast of light and dark leaves, snow-white blooms and various textures gives the most secluded areas of the garden a special charm. But almost always in landscaping shady corners of the garden, it is about the balance of light and shadow, the introduction of illuminating elements that can change the gloomy picture. The vibrant bursts of color that are common in flower beds, mixborders and garden seating areas rarely touch shady areas. But there are many tools that allow you to play with bright accents and colors, even without planting special plants.
Color solutions for the nooks and crannies of the garden
Secluded areas still seem boring and not too inspiring to many. There are so many opportunities to experiment with colors in the garden, but not many people think about adding bright colors to places where a thick or delicate shade reigns, to places that captivate only with coolness and silence. In modern design, a boring design with a dense, gloomy edge or solid texture in the shady corners of the garden has long gone into oblivion. But not many designers dare to get carried away with coloristic techniques in the shade.
The nooks and crannies of the garden are the realm of white and delicate, light shades of pale yellow tones, in which they use the full potential of white to change the character of compositions and bring cheerfulness. The explanation for this situation is very simple: few variegated and flowering plants are actually able to grow well in shade, especially in strong shade.
Light-leaved plants, especially bright ground covers, some cereals and shade-tolerant flowering perennials - the choice is not so great. But there are also plants that can be used for color spots, even in secluded corners of the garden. And the choice is not limited only to plants.
Color solutions for shady corners of the garden can be conditionally 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 many non-plant-based ways to bring color where shade reigns, where fantasy is actually limited only by boldness, budget and garden style. But even among plants, the choice is not as modest as it seems at first glance.
Let's take a closer look at a dozen design options, as well as small and large tricks that will help bring color into even the most shaded corners of the garden
1. Finding vibrant flowering crops
Among the plants that can bloom in the shade, there are not so few flowering crops, although the number of their species is not measured in dozens. Bright cyclamens and crocuses, violet rugs, basil, cinquefoil and aquilegia, Siberian irises, bells, hellebores, primroses, liverworts, loosestrife, lupins, some daylilies, astilbe shade queens - all of them can offer a choice of far more than white colors.
Do not forget about rhododendrons and paniculate or tree-like hydrangeas with which you can decorate shaded areas. Berry bushes - cotoneaster and bubble plants - will also complement the list of colored plants.
From annuals in shading, you can experiment with the introduction of brightly colored varieties of balsams 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.
2. Bet on leaves
Blooming in the shade never lasts as long as it does in well-lit areas, and even the most elaborate compositions lose their best color accents. In order for the color to be constantly present in landscaping, you need to carefully choose plants with a stake on decorative leaves. And if shade-loving hosts, albeit variegated, are rarely colored, their competitors offer more interesting colors.
The first plant to come to the aid of shade color solutions is Heuchera, which offers startlingly rich variations in reds and metallic textures. She can be accompanied by original varieties of garden geraniums, dark tenacious leaves, variegated varieties of euonymus, silver wormwood, gold reed grass, sedges, sesleria, boron, canary grass, pike, ozhiki - there is and what to choose.
3. Lianas, rushing upward
Among the decorative lianas, there are not so few species that can grow in the shade and even bloom effectively. Indeed, plants that rush upward receive much more light in their upper part of the crown. The absolute favorite of landscaping in secluded areas is clematis, especially not too large-flowered and new varieties, but old, non-capricious, time-tested species of plants. Lilac and blue color options in the shade look especially good, and the roots of clematis never overheat.
Yellow colors in the shade will easily be brought by the woodworm - both at the time of flowering and in autumn, as a "bonus" it will also surprise you with bright red fruits. And here is another shade-tolerant competitor - petiolate hydrangea - unfortunately, except for a white palette of colors, it cannot offer other options.
4. Bright supports for common plants
In a shady corner, it is worth deciding on bold experiments, even in the matter of tying plants. It does not matter whether we are talking about supports for vines - walls, obelisks, pyramids, arches, columns, tripods, etc. - or about simple columns, to which the lodging flower stalks of tall perennials are tied and sheaves of cereals are pulled together, they should be painted in the brightest colors. It is possible to use supporting structures as an original coloristic accent even for completely non-colored ivy.
5. Furniture that dazzles with paint
The selection of garden furniture today is surprisingly wide. In addition to classic and modern minimalistic models, you can find bright, funny, catchy models made of wood, plastic, metal and other materials in catalogs and on the shelves. Even a simple bench that can be put in the shade to relax in the summer heat, a small stone for sitting and reading, like a chair forgotten by accident in the thick shade, can become the brightest decoration of a seemingly modest corner.
Whether to repaint the old furniture yourself, playing with color, ornaments and pattern combinations, or just buy new models from colored acrylic and plastic - it's up to you.
It is worth not forgetting about textiles - it will be three times more pleasant to relax in a cool corner if you take with you a soft, colorful pillow or a cozy colorful blanket.
6. Garden sculptures and their "relatives"
Small architecture objects are strikingly diverse not only in style, size and materials, but also in color. An ordinary statue or a cheerful animal does not always have to be dim. After all, you can pay tribute to the fashion for minimalism in a shady corner and place several mutually resonant cubes or columns made of colored concrete, fix an original stained glass window or a colored forged sculpture, paint an old bird cage, a fountain or drinker in a dazzling color, play with rainbow colors in a sundial.
Even a small imitation of garden ruins, a false door or wicket, an old ladder, a spinning wheel, a railing, a balustrade can appear in a new light if you add color painting. Bright little gazebos or pavilions, their purely decorative counterparts - they can all be not only white or wooden, but also red, yellow, blue, pink - whatever your heart desires.
7. Colored mulch, stones and decorative edging
The simplest and most versatile decorative tool that does not lose its relevance in the shade - stones and boulders. Even if your small garden of stones is not broken in shading, this does not mean that the color in the composition cannot be added with the help of boulders or beautiful large stones. Today, the choice of rocks is so great that it is not limited only to neutral colors: among the 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 by a large curtain "hatch" will bring soft but bright colors to the ensembles.
A wide selection of decorative mulch - from dyed bark, sawdust and stone chips - presents the chance to find an interesting color palette. It is not necessary to cover the soil only with 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 construction hypermarket.
Decorative borders, steel bands, plastic fences, miniature picket fences and wattle fence, neat concrete posts that can be used to frame compositions in the shade always look elegant, but they can also look bright. Painting with dazzling acrylic paints or choosing the original color options allows you to complement the look of the garden with bright frames.
8. Practical impractical "little things"
In any shady corner, you can create an additional work area, arrange a rack for storing containers for planting plants, place a small "chest of drawers" for sand or mulch, put a bright composter cabinet or just a tank for collecting water.
Even in such trifles as plant marking, you should decide to bring in a little color: brightly painted plates with the names of species or varieties will help you not to get lost in the collection of ferns or rhododendrons. And if you paint the pegs with the pointer bright yellow and cover with a sticky compound, you can accomplish two tasks at once - create a trap for aphids and an interesting accent.
9. Tubes and pots - in addition
The choice of plants that can be planted directly into the soil is more extensive among annual stars. But in shady corners, it is not necessary to fill only glades or specially designated areas with them: summer and biennials can be placed in containers, colorful pots and containers, put them side by side, creating an additional decoration, and an accent, and color spots.
Since the pots can always be raised to a new level or placed on the path, in more illuminated places, the "set" of shade-tolerant summer pots can be expanded with the traditional stars of potted gardens.
10. Play with colored lights
Lighting in the garden has long ceased to perform only practical functions. Fashionable LED lamps and models with small solar panels that glow in the dark, storing energy during the day, like ordinary garden lights, can also be used to direct the eyes to the most beautiful plants in the evening garden.
In the shade, additional lighting creates a particularly striking contrast. If you use colored light bulbs instead of ordinary bulbs, then you can make the night picture in secluded remote corners of the garden even brighter than the daytime landscape.
Whichever option you use, you must remember that even in the most remote corner it is worth creating a picture that is harmonious, one with the rest of the garden. Compliance with the style of the garden and the color scheme chosen for it are mandatory principles even at the stage of experiments.
When choosing color solutions for compositions in the shade, you need to focus on those color combinations that have already been used in flower beds, choose materials that are related to the house and areas 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 site.
In a regular garden, even with color, they play strictly, in a landscape garden - they rely on natural transitions, but in a rustic garden they allow the most fun solutions. Even if you are decorating a small corner in a shade in a different style, it is worth paying attention to the general concept and developing a sketch to create a coherent, easy-to-read composition.