That's a lot of sun when you live in an older home like mine with several dozen canopy trees hiding the sunlight until mid morning. There's enough sun for early blooming ephemerals and spring lovelies, but, once the trees leaf out, the garden becomes a shady paradise. Dry shade is quite a challenge and once the heat and mosquitoes arrive, many Middle South gardeners stop gardening until the fall.
|Practically Perfect Pink Phlox pilosa early in Spring drifts in the garden
It's true that butterflies and bees love the warmth and sunshine~but, that doesn't stop any of them from visiting the shadiest parts of my gardens during the growing season.
|Penstemon in large swathes
Even a small area of sun can be the perfect spot to add a container!
|Bottlebrush grass prefers woodland conditions
|Phlox paniculata species with carpenter bee
Come fall native asters, grasses, False Dragonhead, goldenrods, and cardinal flowers can light up the darkest corners.
|Hydrangea arborescens with pollinator
- Look for plants that will be grow in semi-shade.
- Ask your gardening friends what they have grown successfully in shade.
- Don't be afraid to try a plant in less then ideal conditions....For instance, Phlox paniculata, echinacea and even asters will flower in shade.
- Plant your sunny garden in containers. Plant a mix of annuals, perennials, natives and non-natives. Repeat in several container. Group them in your sunniest spots.
- Don't forget that trees and shrubs are host plants for pollinators and produce nectar and pollen.
- Plant herbs and fruiting shrubs ~Some, like parsley and blueberries, can take the shade.
|In a container in the sun
PS Remember, if you want pollinators to be happy in your shady or sunny garden~Never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides.
This post is also part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
Part I~Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All be pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
What's In Your Garden (here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
It's Spring and A Gardener's Thoughts Are On Pollinators (here)
The Wildflower and The Bee (here)
A Few Good Reasons To Plant Milkweek (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
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