Areas with low light, such as verandahs, underneath trees or narrow passages down the side of the house, don’t need to be dull and boring. Here are some easy ways to brighten up these challenging spots.
- Create a focal point by including an ornamental feature such as a sculpture, colourful container or birdbath that expresses your personality. The designer’s trick is to over-scale, so choose items that are bigger rather than smaller.
- Add a seat to beckon you into a shady area.
- Dress bare tree trunks or fences with epiphytes such as orchids, bromeliads and staghorns.
- If the garden soil is too dry and root-congested, grow your plants in pots.
- Silver and white foliage and flowers can make gloomier areas appear to glow.
- Use potted colour (small plants already in flower) to add pops of colour at special times. This shortcut is relatively inexpensive for small areas.
For dozens of plant suggestions and ways to combine them in a shady area, pick up the April 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.