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Landscape Theme

Shade Garden

Winter Garden

Landscape Location

Small Space

Resistance To Challenges



Heavy Shade

Deck Planting


Name: Deck Planting

Open to the public? No


USDA Hardiness Zone:

Extension Demonstration Garden? No

Approximate year the garden/landscape was established:

What to look for:

This planting is in the corner of the stairs and deck and is a fairly shaded location. The evergreen Daphne odora has variegated leaves that brightened the corner, and the shrub provides fragrant late winter flowers. The Illicium parviflorum has anise-scented leaves when crushed and is also evergreen. The stones were gathered from the property to create the border. The overall design relies on simplicity and shades of green.


Notice that leaves have been used as mulch to cover the bare soil and suppress weeds. They will eventually decompose and enrich the soil.