Water-Wise Shade Areas

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 11, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
  Spring blooming bulbs are a good choice in deciduous shade areas, blooming before tree leaves emerge. Photo credit: Percita  Flickr CC BY-SA-2.0

Perennial coral bells (Heuchera sp.) come in a variety of leaf and flower colors for the shade garden.  Photo credit: KingsbraeGarden Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  Oregon grape holly (Mahonia aquefolium), growing in part shade, were watered two times during the summer in Utah. Photo credit: Susan Buffler

Competition for light, water, and nutrients makes planting in shade areas difficult to plan and design.  

Most shade tolerant plants commonly used in gardens are adapted to moist soils under the shade of trees where evapotranspiration is reduced.  


Additional Resources for Shade Areas:


California: Creating Microclimates in the Garden

Colorado: Trees and Shrubs for Shady Areas


Minnesota: Dry Soil: Shade or Under Trees


Delaware: Plants/Shrubs for Dry Shade

Pennsylvania: Dry, Shady Spots


North Carolina: Drought Tolerant Shrubs


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.