A common mistake in planning a shade garden is not considering site specific conditions, such as drainage, soil qualities, and root competition. However, with the right approach, an unsightly shady spot in a garden can be skillfully transformed into a refuge or even a secret garden. Plants with interesting texture, shape and colorful foliage can be arranged into an eye pleasing composition.

Pink Japanese anemones love the shade

Mountain Laurel in the woods

Hosta on a partly shady slope