Beautiful Plant Combinations for Shady Side Yards

Beautiful Plant Combinations for Shady Side Yards

Planting in side yards can be challenging. Narrow spaces with limited light exposure can be difficult, but they can become a lovely area to pass through with different plant combinations. 

1. Cottage Garden

Landscape designer, Andrew Leonard of Leonard Design Associates converted a side yard into a lush garden. This area receives little sun exposure and the lawn was originally struggling to thrive. Leonard used a scheme of shade-loving hostas, bleeding heart, columbine and many types of fern, plus a steppingstone pathway to turn this hidden area into a cottage-style garden.


2. Purples and Greens

The designers at Dear Garden Associates used hosta, feathery ostrich fern and reed canary grass to put together a wonderful display, proving that it doesn’t take a complicated combination.


3. Showstopping Ferns

To create a focal point, add a curve in your side yard such as a standout plant or fountain. This will help distract from the narrowness of the space. Patricia Tyrell, landscape designer,  took advantage of the curved steppingstone path to display the bold shape and foliage of a large woodfern.


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 August 12, 2019, Houzz Contributor.
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