Even if your garden space is affected by shading, you have to keep your hopes up – solutions are infinite and you can end up with the best garden on the block. Get your creativity flowing and go from one to 4, 5, 6, 7 or endless ideas, with the help of our full review for a cheap DIY shade garden structure plan that will make the garden areas around your home filled with color and amazing energy.

​Shade garden plan example.

Even though not all of us have been blessed with a yard filled with sun all day or all year round, we can still make the most of garden shades for a splendid selection of flowers and a gorgeous landscape. A vegetable, fruit, herb, flower, or perennial garden can be adapted to shaded areas of your yard easily.

It all depends on the ideas you have, a few basic gardening skills, a sense of structures, areas and designs, and a small collection of images and pictures as visual references.

Before starting a shade garden, you can get familiar with a few terms like Cuprinol paint shades/ colors, shade cloth/ cloths, shade garden sails or covers (a sail is used to cover a particular zone of your garden, like a canopy), pre-planned woodland gardens, stockists, dry gardens, container gardens, cottage, lamp, netting, parasols, planting terms and species like bulbs, birch, blue iris, silver willow, damson, seagrass, shade vegetables, ferns, hydrangea, or colorful holly.

This way, you get a better, deep understanding of what designing and creating a bright, loving, beautiful, flowering shade garden offers.

Shade Garden Plans

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In order to set your price range, buy every plant, rock, and tool that is part of your shade garden and get it started, you will need to start with a solid shade garden plan. Experienced gardeners will always express how much of an enormous difference a well thought out plan has made for their shade garden.

Pro tip: Look over personal reviews from gardeners and create your own chart to see how you want to design your shade garden. The form that your shade garden plan takes can vary, according to your visual preferences and requirements.

For example, many gardeners choose to make a partial shade garden plan that just highlights the perimeter and mentions the plants involved.

On the other hand, a great number of other gardeners like to go into detail and even sketch out the forms of the plants to see how the shade garden would look in the big picture.

The white garden for partial shade example we have provided above is a mix of both, outlining a 15 foot by 5-foot shade garden with the forms of flowers involved.

No matter what shade garden design you choose, make sure to pay special attention to planning your work area.

Shade Garden Design Suggestions

​Shade garden design example

One of the best parts of planning a summer shade garden that might make you want to skip the beach this year is the freedom of adding numerous elements to the simple garden itself. For instance, shade gardens look amazing with built-in pathways, ponds, swings, cottages, sheds or stones, to name just a few.

What truly sets a shade garden apart from other types of popular sun gardens is that you can create an entire oasis of relaxation starting from something as simple as a garden. In fact, the main idea regarding shade garden design suggestions is to make it as elaborate as your space permits.

If you are lucky enough to enough a spacious yard with an opening to a forest, you can take advantage of your position and give your garden a park or natural reserve aspect that will genuinely be meaningful. If you don’t have a lot of space at hand, you can always concentrate your shade garden in a key area of your yard, giving the final shape a creative touch (with curving borders, for example).

What you should take into consideration, however, are the focal points of your future shade garden. Focal points are basically several points of interests in your shade garden that are meant for attracting the eye and allowing it to rest on a particular feature.

The focal points of your shade garden could be certain bright flowers or shrubs, or even pieces of unique garden furniture. You can go as far as to create a focal point in your shade garden out of a pond or small waterfall for a natural, earthy effect.

Shade Garden Plants & Flowers for Shade Gardens

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By far, the most significant aspect to consider when planning a shade garden is the selection of plants that will thrive in such an area. Numerous plants strongly depend on frequent exposure to sunlight to grow, while others can thrive beautifully in the shade.

Pro tip: Before you purchase any seeds, bulbs, or shrubs for your garden, make sure that they can resist without constant sunshine.

The best way to avoid any useless purchases altogether is to get a better understanding of what plants are known for thriving in shady areas. Just a few examples that you can choose from are:


Aside from being super low maintenance, ferns are some of the most popular plants chosen for shade gardens. Even though they don’t have any flashy blossoms to catch attention, they offer balance in the garden and a fresh, dynamic visual impact. You can easily plant ferns throughout your shade garden to create a nice composition.


If you love purple and don’t have much sunlight in your garden space, the lungwort flower will make all of your gardening dreams come true. This is a bright, vivid, violet flower that will enjoy admiration from your guests. Even though the name might make you feel a bit apprehensive about purchasing one at first, the lungwort is an exceptional choice for shade gardens that want to stand out.

​Bigroot Geranium

Another radiant perennial that will beautifully bloom in your shade garden is the bigroot geranium. It is a highly durable plant that will withstand both a lack of water and exposure to dry heat. It has adorable little pink flowers that will bring a smile to the face of anyone who contemplates them.

Bigroot geraniums can be easily mixed with white flowers to create contrast and balance, and even be combined with the ferns we were talking about a bit before. Bigroot geraniums are perfect for any garden that is limited to the shade.

We hope our suggestions will help you start and care for a stunning, colorful shade garden. It is easier and more rewarding than you imagine. Good luck!

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