Landscaping Highlights Traditional Landscape, DC Metro
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Brian Barth added this to
Make your space feel much larger than it actually is. An eighth-acre of forest feels much larger than 1 acre of open terrain because you can’t take it all in with one glance. Unlike gardens with full sun, you have to move through a shade garden to see it all. Here’s a second virtue to consider: A pathway through the woods beckons you precisely because you can’t see what’s at the end of it.
Steven Corley Randel, Architect added this to
The Right Plants for Your LandscapeYour location will influence most of your decisions about what is suitable for your patch of land. Lush and green terrains like the one in the Washington, D.C., area, above, have different considerations than a dry or drought-prone landscape like the one in San Diego, below. But no matter where you live, some general rules of thumb apply.Avoid invasive plants. Beware of trees that spread aggressive roots or shrubs that will grow too large for the location in which you plant them.Avoid plants that require excessive shearing. Landscape maintenance ultimately requires the use of tools and services that consume energy to get the job done, whether that be workmen to drive to your location or equipment that burns fossil fuels.
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to
3. Dark or dappled shade beneath a tree. Trees are great: They cool homes, clean the air and provide for so much wildlife. Oaks (Quercus spp.), maples (Acer spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.) and willows (Salix spp.) are near the top in serving a diversity of pollinators and other insects, specifically, that use the leaves and blooms at different life stages. But grass doesn’t often grow underneath these tall trees — mostly because they cast dense shade.If you have rich, moist to medium soil, there are many spring ephemerals to choose from: Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), trillium (Trillium spp.), shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia), yellow troutlily (Erythronium rostratum) and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). For gardeners with dry clay soil, early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum), zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis), calico aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) and wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) are solid choices. Sprengel’s sedge (Carex sprengelii) is a grass-like option. If you don’t want a large bed of strictly plants, weave a path of mulch or steppingstones through. Place a chair or two, a hammock, or a potting bench.How to Design a Beautiful Shade Garden
Lauren Dunec Design added this to
1. Azalea walk. Bordering a flagstone path curving beneath mature trees in Great Falls, Virginia, a combination of shade-loving hostas, delicate hellebores and frothy pink ‘Aphrodite’ azaleas turns the shaded area into an inviting woodland destination. A classic choice for bringing color to shade gardens, azaleas and other members of the Rhododendron genus thrive in dappled light and bloom from early March to May, depending on cultivar, with some late-season varieties blooming into fall.Plant combination:‘Aphrodite’ azalea (Rhododendron ‘Aphrodite’, USDA zones 6 to 10; find your zone)Hellebore (Hellebore sp., zones 4 to 9) Hosta (Hosta sp., zones 3 to 9)Water requirement: Regular; keep soil moist for hostas and azaleas.Light requirement: Partial shade; dappled light is optimal.
Gwendolyn Purdom added this to
Know your plants. Azaleas (Rhododendron spp), like the ones shown here, may add a pop of color to your garden, but they can also cause cardiac failure in dogs and cats. Even if your pet isn’t typically a leaf eater, do your research before you get planting, and if you’ve got a curious puppy at home, make sure you know the names of all the plants in your yard, Wismer advises, in case you need to report back to a vet when he or she gets sick. A full list of toxic plants can be found on the ASPCA’s site.See 22 plants to keep away from pets
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Jim Zilligen added this to
Sit in the shade surrounded with mostly natives, and some eye popping annuals.