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Japanese Shade Garden


This yard in the Piedmont is in deep shade from many mature trees. Rather than heavy clay, the soil is sandy, found sometimes in the Southern regions of the Piedmont. The gardens have been under construction for about 15 years with many attempts to find plants, both perennial and annual, to grow in the deep shade. The owner has woven a series of garden rooms with many varieties of color and texture. Recently, a very large tree was removed, opening some of the areas to greater time in the sun.

The first sight greeting visitors is a graceful shade garden highlighted by filtered sun sparkling on a Lanceleaf Red Japanese Maple surrounded by a riot of colorful foliage and blooms despite the large trees. Many of these plants are annuals for bright color in both flowers and foliage. But perennials can produce show as well, if they receive at least some hours of sun.