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.

Shade perennials with a variety of textures enrich this front yard as a lawn alternative

Adding shade perennials to an empty spot in the border

Pink Japanese anemones love the shade

Perennial primroses and bulbs are a long-blooming combination

Mountain laurels planted in a naturalistic style provide transition from woods to driveway

Hosta on a partly shady slope