As we head into the warmer months, there’s no better way to beautify your garden than by adding a splash of floral colour. Flowering plants can be grown in almost any light conditions, but some species definitely prefer the sun while others are more shade-loving.
There are of course many choices for these two opposite corners of your garden. One of our regular London landscaping experts has drawn up a list of ten each – sun and shade – for your maximum enjoyment.
Ten for the Hotspots
- Let’s start with the not-so-lonely-Petunia. Correctly clustered, these beauties can provide a riot of colours.
- Passion flowers too are said to give of their best when the sun beams down on them.
- Tagetes, or African Marigolds and their French cousin seem to reflect the sun itself as they bask in its glory.
- Lavender is a true sun-worshipper, and offers a rewarding scent too.
- The Sunflower simply has to be included along with its radiant “smile”.
- Violas almost seem to dance in the breeze when the sun shines down on them.
- Carnations – no garden should be without this stunner.
- Phlox, you can mix these up with the carnations for a splendid show.
- Though the list could go on, let’s end with the drooping Fuchsias family – the pink and purple show will really brighten up the surrounding area.
Before we move on to the shade, a wander around your nearest garden centre will always provide you with lots of inspiring ideas. You may even decide to get a gardening quote from Mr-Skill when you get home.
Ten for the Shade
- Shade plants will of course be more subtle when it comes to colour, but Foxgloves certainly provide a splash.
- For deep-shaded areas try colonies of Ferns for their cooling green effect.
- They may have smaller flowers, but Dogwoods can be very rewarding too.
- The Green Globe Hebe plant provides a calming green backdrop.
- “Bleeding Hearts” can be stunning, especially when mixed with Lilly of the Valley.
- Camellias and Asters are for border-line partial-to-full shade areas.
- Sweet Williams and Sweet Peas will adorn just about any corner you decide to use.
If this all sounds too energetic, you could find a landscaper right here on Mr-Skill, and then just sit back and wait for the riot of colour to begin. Don’t forget to have the garden chairs and table set out to enjoy the show!