A cottage garden is often viewed as a sunny location, filled with annual flowers, perennial flowers, shrubs, vines or herbs. What about shaded landscapes? I am in the process of expanding my cottage garden. Half of my yard is in sun and half the yard is in full shade to partial shade. I need to come up with a landscape design plan that includes shade-loving plants, preferably plants that bloom, to continue my cottage garden design into the shade.
Shaded cottage garden design
Colorful flowers are a big part of country cottage garden design. However, color is also achieved with varigated foliage or with the careful placement of garden objects. Garden objects may include lawn ornaments like a gazing ball, bird bath, decorative metal object like a rusty vintage piece, or a bench. I particularly enjoy using garden objects because I can move them to different locations in the garden to bring focus on the season’s best folliage.
For a garden in front of a wall or fence, follow basic landscape design and place tall plants in the rear, short plants in the front and medium height plants in the center. For a garden island or peninsula (garden mostly or completed surrounded by grass, structure or pavement), place taller plants in the center and medicum/short plants along the border. For visual impact, set plants in groupings of three to five plants. Listed below are plant options from which to choose.
|Pink astilbe with red impatiens|