Agdex No. 275.36
Most gardens have areas of shade that require trees and shrubs that have lower light requirements. The intensity of shade varies and it is important that plant requirements match the shade period. Deep shade exists on the north side of the house or under a dense canopy of trees. Medium shade exists where buildings or trees interrupt sunlight for part of the day. Light shade occurs where light is filtered through the leaves of trees.
In shade plantings there is not usually an abundance of strong color. Trees and shrubs can be chosen for their interesting texture, flower color, and many have fruit that provides color later in the season. Although a shade garden may have limitations it still can be a beautiful part of a landscape.