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Kathy’s Gardening Guide: Shade Landscaping


As Florida is the Sunshine State, we are always talking about plants that need full/mostly sun. Finding pockets for shaded plants can be difficult, or you may not know what to plant in a fully shaded area. The same rule still applies: You need the right plant in the right place!

These tips will help guide your shaded gardens:

Know your shade: Understanding the amount of shade and indirect light the area is getting is the biggest key to success of plants in this area. All plants need sunlight to survive so look for areas with indirect sunlight instead of dark areas with wet soil.

Light and color: Just because it’s a shaded area does not mean it had to be a green plant. There are quite a few varieties, such as caladiums, that have beautiful color to add to a shaded garden.

Mixture of heights: A mixture of ground cover and medium/tall plants will create depth for a lush, shaded garden.

Some shade-loving plants: Asiatic jasmine, border grass, cast-iron plant, begonias, caladiums, coleus, ornamental gingers and so much more!


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Email Kathy at for any questions or gardening tips you would like to see in the future.

Kathy’s Creative Gardens & Nursery is located at 196 N. Roscoe Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. (904) 655-7373.


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