shade garden

A Winter Jewel Box

December 16, 2011
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Lenten rose hybrids include a dizzying range of colors, forms and patterns. Photo by Janet Loughrey.

Made In The Shade

July 18, 2011
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Shrouded in Chinese elms, majestic Canary pines, and a sapote tree, the Kuntz and Rask property (see The Path Less Taken Photo Gallery) is lightly sun-dappled throughout the day, creating an ideal space for shade-loving plants—unique for sunny Los Angles.

Gardening Advice: Shady, Narrow Walkway

October 05, 2001
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Q: The shady, narrow walkway beside our city house is a straight 30-foot shot, flanked by beds only a foot wide. Are there any ways to make this dead space come alive?Mary Pat Prado, Cambridge, Mass. 

Gardening Advice: Shade-Tolerant Grasses

October 03, 2001
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Q: My lawn languishes under several large shade trees. Is there anything I can do short of cranking up the chain saw? Paul Glmartin, Sunnyside, N.Y.

A: Turfgrass is a shameless sun lover. If it doesn’t catch enough rays, it sulks. In your case, the problem is aggravated because the grass has to compete with those trees for nutrients and water. Sure, you could attack the shade at its source by thinning the trees, but there are a few things you can do right now to give the grass a fighting chance.