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Planting in the Shade

While many think SoCal is always sunny, there are microclimates in places like Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley which get less heat and more clouds than other areas of California.  There are also areas of your yard – no matter the climate, that constantly get shade, have filtered sunlight or partial shade.  Many people think that in areas like this, no plants will grow.  But there are actually some great shade plants that grow almost anywhere with decent soil and fertilizer.

Here are some of our favorite shade plants for your landscape in any Southern California climate:Hosta - shade plants

Flowers: Brunnera, Epimedium, Dead nettle, Meadow rue, Astilbe, Amethyst flower, Begonia, Old-fashioned bleeding heart, Fancy-leafed caladium, Flowering maple, Lungwort, Garden hydrangea, Geranium cranesbill, Impatiens, Yellow corydalis, Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, Bigroot geranium, Lamium, Hellebore, Lilyturf,  Monkshood, Japanese cobra lily, and Fern-leaf bleeding heart.

Greenery: Hosta, Coleus, Copper plant, Ajuga, Creeping jenny, Heuchera, Heucherella, Japanese forest grass, Mirror plant, Persian shield, Japanese painted fern, and Wild ginger.

You can use these plants on your landscape in areas that don’t get much sun, beneath the drip line of trees, under your patio roof, and more.  There are so many gorgeous plants to accent your landscape or give it that look you are going for.  Hopefully, you’ll find some of these shade plants helpful this summer.

Here’s to shady days and bright flowers!


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Creative Landscaping

This article on creative landscaping in Thousand Oaks inspired me to look at all the great creative gardening ideas out there. Here are some ideas:

– Repurposed items. Like the article above, you could repurpose your fountain or even an old bird bath as a planter. There are a lot of other items you can use this way, it really just depends on how eclectic youre landscaping is. You could take old plastic or metal buckets and use them as plant pots, or even masonry jars. One of my favorite examples of this were some ratty old hiking boots with a little cactus planted in each that I lusted over at a garage sale a few weeks ago.

– Add air plants to your trees. This won’t work in every landscape – as air plants do well in hot climates like Southern California or other southern states, but they are a really need addition to any garden and they require very little maintenance.

– Create a rock garden. You can do this because you have really tough soil, or just as a decorative addition to your landscape. Here’s an example of some Thousand Oaks landscaping which has a cute rock garden/regular garden combo. The article also talks about the problems encountered on the property, so you can decide if this kind of thing would work in your yard.

– Install a garden mirror. I know, I’m getting a little wild here, but adding a mirror to the right spot of your garden can make your yard seem bigger and looks very metropolitan (think Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture).

– Paint a mural or add mosaic tiling. Do you have one of those walls between your neighbor’s and your homes that is super ugly, but your neighbor agree to tear it down or help fund a new wall? Try making your wall pretty by painting a mural or hanging mosaic tile creations on it. This could be a fun project for kids, family, friends or that local artist down the way.

– Add an interesting path or some cool steps. This one is really something you’ll need a professional landscaper for, but adding a cool path like this landscape in Thousand Oaks or some funky steps like these ones – also from a Thousand Oaks landscape, can give your yard a feeling of uniqueness and personality.

– Try water gardening.  Add a waterfall or a stream, or even a pond.  I know, you’ll need a professional for this one too, but waterscapes really add to a yard.  You can also take a look at a unique water spout to start off the water process, and see what kind of recycling system your waterworks can use – so you can use the same water multiple times.

– Add a bench or some statuary.  I’m a fan of gnomes.  My aunt loves fairies.  It’s unlikely I’ll find a fairy gnome to surprise her with, but you’d be surprised what kind of neat statuary you can find to give your landscape some pizzaz.  On a drive through the redwood forest, I found the strangest statue I’ve ever encountered.  It’s the picture next to this paragraph.

That’s all the ideas I have for today!  Here’s hoping your yard will always allow you to express your creativity.

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