07 Dec '11, 6pm

Define "shade" before planting a shade garden:

One of the toughest tasks in gardening is dealing with the dark side: coaxing plants to grow where the sun won't shine. But the challenge is worth it. Shade gardens can introduce many subtle colors and varying leaf textures to otherwise barren parts of the landscape. First, though, define darkness. Just how shady is it where you plan to plant? Measuring daylight is an inexact science. Even the experts don't always agree about how to quantify light levels, which are divided into as many as seven different categories, from full sun to deep shade. "A commonsense filter has to apply here," said Renee Shepherd, founder of Renee's Garden Seeds in Felton, Calif. "There's light shade and full shade, afternoon shade and morning shade. Under one kind of tree you might have extreme shade; under another it may be dappled." Finding the right location can mean life or death for a plant ...

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