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Shady borders are used to living up a dull corner with tall, flowering shrubs and beautiful flowers.
Before you begin look at the area you will be planting is it, dry shade or damp shade? When purchasing flowers and seeds, remember to read the facts about the plant to make sure it will grow properly in the designated area.

A shade border will consist of four layers, planted from tall to groundcover. Plant shrubs in the background such as a smoke tree. The smoke tree will produce ball shaped flowers towards the end of summer. The third row should consist of a ligularia, it will produce orange flowers in late summer, or a hydrangea, which produces blue or pink flower heads in summer. Foxgloves, Rosa rugosa or crocosmia are all good plants for the front row, their flowers range in color from pink to orange. For ground cover use hosta, hebe or bugleweed. These make a great border for the bottom border and produces purple, white and pink spring flowers.

To plant a shady border :

1. Using sticks or string make a border measuring 4 yards by 4 yards, dividing it into individual 1 yard squares.

2. Plant two smoke trees one yard from the back and one yard from the sides. Leave a two yard space between shrubs to allow the smoke tree to grow.

3. In the next row, you will be planting the medium height flowers. Plant two to three hydrangeas, four to five ligularias, one rose bush and five to six foxgloves.

4. In the front row, in each 1 yard square plant three hostas, three hebes, four to five crocosmias and one to two rose bushes. Fill in with bugleweed.

5. If large gaps exist, chose some bulbs that flower in spring and summer to add color while the shrubs are maturing.

6. After you have planted all the shrubs and flowers, spread a thick layer of compost and mulch between the plants. This will prevent weeds from taking over, and retain moisture.