Create the Illusion of Sun Dappling in Shady Yards
How to use variegated plants to brighten shaded planting areas
By Maureen Gilmer, landscape designer, author and LandscapingNetwork.com columnist
An old trick used by landscape gardeners is to use variegated plants to create the illusion of sun dappling to brighten the look of a shaded planting area. Plant candidates for this technique must have two qualities: they must tolerate shade and have yellow, chartreuse or white leaves. The source of such foliage is from variegated plants. Variegation is the change of color in green leaves to add a light colored edge or center. Hostas are among the most famous variegated plants for shade gardens.
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Maureen "Mo" Gilmer is a landscape designer, author, and speaker about horticulture topics and landscape design.